UNLV Runnin' Rebels (12-14) at Utah State Aggies (18-7)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Thomas & Mack Center)
The Line: Utah State Aggies -8.5 -- Over/Under: 136 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The UNLV Rebels and the Utah State Aggies meet Thursday in college basketball action from Thomas & Mack Center.
Coming into this Mountain West Tournament matchup, UNLV is 12-14 overall. The Rebels just finished off Air Force in tourney action on Wednesday. As for Utah State, they’re sitting at 18-7 this year. The Aggies have won four straight, most recently over Fresno State. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
UNLV stumbled out of the gate this year at 1-6, and they’ve been trying to climb their way back to .500 since. The Rebels are 2-2 in their last four games. They’ve got losses to San Diego State and Wyoming between wins over Fresno State and Air Force.
In the Wednesday tournament matchup against Air Force, UNLV jumped out to a 39-21 halftime lead and cruised the rest of the way in an eventual 80-52 blowout victory. Leading the Rebels was David Jenkins with 21 points and two assists.
Over on the Utah State side, they got off to a bumpy start this year at 1-3, but then didn’t lose another game from December 8 to January 21. The Aggies hit a 2-4 skid after that, but have since won four straight over Nevada, Wyoming and Fresno State.
In the 57-51 win over the Bulldogs on Saturday, Utah State’s Neemias Queta doubled up on 13 points with 11 boards and two assists, as did Justin Bean with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Alphonso Anderson added 11 points with four rebounds as well.
The Aggies are 11-4 ATS in the last 15 after a straight-up win and 1-5 ATS in their last six overall. The over is 4-1 in the Aggies’ last five after an ATS loss as well.
Meanwhile, the Rebels are 2-6-1- in their last nine neutral-site games and 1-4 ATS in their last five after an ATS win. The under is 6-1 in UNLV’s last seven Thursday games and the over is 5-1 in their last six after a straight-up win.
PICK: I’m probably going to stick with Utah State here. The Aggies have played admirably for most of the year, and they’ve hit 70 or more points in five of their last six outings. UNLV did a great job on offense in the Wednesday tournament matchup, but generally they haven’t been scoring all that well this year. I think this cover is the Aggies’ to take.