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Colorado State vs. UNLV - 3/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
UNLV at Colorado State
Date & Time Saturday March 9, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
Moby Arena
Fort Collins, CO
The Line
Colorado State Rams -2 -- O/U: 151.5
TV Channel
ESPN3
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NCAA BB | UNLV at Colorado State
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The UNLV Rebels and the Colorado State Rams meet in Mountain West college basketball action from the Moby Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The UNLV Rebels come into this game looking to build on an 85-81 overtime win over Boise State last time out. Kris Clyburn led the Rebels with 21 points on 7 of 13 shooting with 5 threes while Amauri Hardy came 2nd with 16 points along with 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the double-double. Joel Ntambwe chipped in 14 points and Noah Robotham added 13 points with a team-high 9 assists and 3 steals. Cheikh Mbacke Diong and Nick Blair each had 10 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for UNLV in the winning effort. Clyburn leads UNLV in scoring with 13.7 points per game while Mbacke Diong leads the Rebels in rebounding with 7 rebounds per game and Robotham leads the Rebels in assists with 4.9 assists per game this season. As a team, UNLV is averaging 74.3 points per game on 43% shooting from the field, 34% from behind the arc and 68.3% from the foul line this season.

The Colorado State Rams will look for a bounce back after a 100-96 overtime loss to Utah State in their last outing. J.D. Paige led the Rams with 29 points on 8 of 20 shooting with 5 threes and an 8 of 8 mark from the foul line along with a team-high 6 assists, a pair of steals and a pair of blocks. Kris Martin came 2nd with 20 points with 3 threes, 10 rebounds and a pair of steals for the double-double while Nico Carvacho came right behind with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Kendle Moore and Adam Thistlewood each had 12 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Colorado State in the loss, with Moore adding 5 assists as well. Carvacho leads the Rams by averaging a double-double per game with 16.3 points and 12.9 rebounds per game while Paige leads the Rams in assists with 3 helpers per game this season. As a team, Colorado State is averaging 75.9 points per game on 48.1% shooting from the field, 36.4% from behind the arc and 69.6% from the foul line this season.

UNLV is 12-30-5 ATS in their last 47 road games and 7-15 ATS in their last 22 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win. Colorado State is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the under is 8-3 in their last 11 conference games. UNLV is 0-3-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams and 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings at Colorado State.

UNLV has stepped up their play as of late, but the fact is that fading the Rebels on the road has paid off more often than not in recent years and while Colorado State’s record doesn’t necessarily show it, the Rams have done well at being highly competitive lately, taking one of the best teams in the conference to overtime and hanging 96 points on them to boot. The Rebels have also had no success against Colorado State over the last couple of years and I think asking the Rams for a win by a bucket on Seniors’ night isn’t too much to ask, so I’ll lay the bucket with Colorado State here.

Pick:
Colorado State -2

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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