Southern Jaguars (0-0) vs. UNLV Runnin' Rebels (0-0)
November 7, 2022 10:15 pm EDT
The Line: UNLV Runnin' Rebels -12.5 / Southern Jaguars +12.5; Over/Under: +135
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The Southern Jaguars and UNLV Rebels meet Monday in college basketball action at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Southern Jaguars are coming off a 17-win season. The UNLV Rebels are coming off a 18-win season.
The Southern Jaguars have won double-digit games in 6 of their last 8 seasons. Tyrone Lyons returns after averaging 13.7 points and 5 rebounds, while Brion Whitley averaged 11.7 points and 0.6 assists. P.J. Byrd played over 700 minutes last season and Terrell Williams Jr. averaged 3.6 rebounds. The Southern Jaguars return 4 of their top-5 scorers from last season, including their top two players. After 17 wins, it’s fair to say Southern is a contender in the SWAC with so much experience and returning production this time around.
The UNLV Rebels enter the second season under coach Kevin Kruger. Jordan McCabe returns after averaging 6.4 points and 1.7 rebounds, while Justin Webster averaged 5.3 points and 0.7 assists. Keshon Gilbert played 458 minutes last season and David Muoka averaged 3.8 rebounds. The UNLV Rebels lost their top-3 scorers from last season and 4 of their top-5 scorers overall. UNLV snags a ton of transfers to help fill in the roster, which includes Elijah Parquet from Colorado, Shane Nowell from Arizona and Elijah Harkless from Oklahoma. It’s going to be an interesting season for the Rebels.
The Jaguars are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Rebels are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Monday games. The under is 3-0-1 in Jaguars last 4 overall. The under is 6-1 in Rebels last 7 overall.
This isn’t a game I’m running to the window to bet, given so much lost production on both sides. However, it’s fair to say UNLV is the more talented team and Southern is a team that’s had issues winning and covering numbers over the years. If this season is going to be a success, UNLV needs to take advantage of games like this. I’ll lay the points, but I don’t love it.