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UNLV Rebels vs. BYU Cougars - 12/7/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
BYU Cougars at UNLV Rebels
Date & Time Saturday December 7, 2019, 3:00 PM (EST)
Location
Vivint Smart Home Arena
Salt Lake City, UT
The Line
BYU -9 O/U 139
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Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The BYU Cougars are traveling to Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah to take on the UNLV Rebels. The Cougars are 6-4 to start the season coming off a disappointing overtime loss to a good Utah team in their last matchup. The Rebels are 4-6 on the year and are coming off a double overtime win against a poor Fresno State team. 

BYU is led by senior forward Yoeli Childs. Childs leads the Cougars in scoring and rebounding, averaging 29 points and 7 rebounds a game. The Cougars also have a very good guard in TJ Haws who is a 36% three-point shooter this season. With these two players, the Cougars are going to be very difficult for UNLV to handle. 

The UNLV Rebels are led by their talented guard from Detroit, Amaury Hardy. Hardy averages 17.7 points a game and is also 39.5% from beyond the arc. UNLV also has a great forward in Cheikh Mbacke Diong.  Diong leads the team in rebounds averaging 10.1 a game. He also averages 8.8 points to go along with all those boards. 

BYU averages 77.2 points a game and gives up 71.6 points a game. BYU has lost to some talented teams such as Kansas. In the Cougars game against the Jayhawks, it was a tight game going into the half and then BYU got into some foul trouble and missed some very important shots. This allowed Kansas to get away with a blowout victory. UNLV averages 69.4 points a game and gives up 68.4 points game as well. UNLV has been disappointing this season with a lot of bad shots and turnovers. They have not had any quality wins or losses. 

In this matchup I like the Cougars to win and cover with ease. BYU is just so dominant and a team that is not disciplined enough like the Rebels will not be able to hang with a team like BYU. I think the Rebels will have too many careless mistakes and that the Cougars will be able to pounce and take this game with no real competition. Final score prediction BYU wins and covers 73-62.

Pick:
BYU Cougars -9
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