Indiana State Sycamores (7-3) at UNLV Rebels (6-4)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 23, 2018, 4:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: UNLV Rebels -2.5 -- Over/Under: 142
The Indiana State Sycamores and the UNLV Rebels meet in college basketball from the Stan Sherriff Center on Sunday afternoon as part of the 2018 Diamond Head Classic.
The Indiana State Sycamores come into this game looking to build on a 72-67 win over Colorado in their last outing. Jordan Barnes led Indiana State with 19 points on 6 of 14 shooting with 5 threes and 5 rebounds while Christian Williams added 14 points and a team-high 7 rebounds and Tyreke Key chipped in 12 points with 5 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists. Cooper Neese added 10 points with 6 rebounds to round out the foursome of double-digit scorers for the Sycamores in the win. Barnes leads Indiana State with an average of 20.8 points and 4.2 assists per game while Key leads the Sycamores in rebounding with 4.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Indiana State is averaging 73.3 points per game on 45.7% shooting from the field while also owning the best 3-point percentage in D-I, shooting 45.8% from the field in addition to 69.8% from the foul line this season.
The UNLV Rebels punched their ticket to the semi-finals with a 73-59 win over Hawaii in their last outing. Kris Clyburn and Joel Ntambwe each had 17 points with Clyburn shooting 6 of 12 with 3 threes and 5 rebounds while Ntambwe had 11 rebounds for the double-double. Noah Robotham had 16 points with 3 threes and a 7 of 8 mark from the foul line with a team-high 5 assists while Amauri Hardy added 11 points to finish off the foursome of double-digit scorers for the Rebels in the winning effort. Clyburn leads the Rebels in scoring with 12.8 points per game while Robotham leads the Rebels in assists with 3.6 assists per game and Chiekh Mbacke Diong leads UNLV with 6.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, UNLV is averaging 73.2 points per game on 43.6% shooting from the field, 31.1% from behind the arc and 69.5% from the foul line this season.
Indiana State is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against the Mountain West while the under is 10-4 in their last 14 neutral site games. UNLV is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 7-3-2 ATS in their last 12 neutral site games while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 games following a win.
UNLV had the more convincing win against Hawaii, but I would argue that Indiana State’s win was the more impressive of the two as the Sycamores won outright as 8-point underdogs. UNLV has a size advantage inside, but the Sycamores are the best 3-point shooting team in the nation and can negate the size from deep. All in all, I think we are getting points with the slightly better team in what is definitely a toss up, so I’ll take the free bucket with Indiana State here.