Wyoming Cowboys (16-8) at UNLV Rebels (17-7)
|Date & Time||Saturday February 10, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: UNLV Rebels -7 -- Over/Under: 162
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The Wyoming Cowboys will travel to the Thomas & Mack Center to take on the UNLV Rebels this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Wyoming Cowboys improved to 16-8 (7-4 MW) on the season after defeating the Utah State Aggies, 83-65, this past Wednesday. Wyoming led by a 46-33 margin at halftime and pulled away in the 2nd half after an 8-0 Cowboys run gave Wyoming a 68-47 lead with 9:22 left in regulation. Wyoming shot 50.0% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 14-9 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Cowboys was Hayden Dalton who had 27 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, and a block. On the season, Wyoming is averaging 79.3 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Cowboys are averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game on 33.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Wyoming has been led by Justin James (18.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.0 spg), Hayden Dalton (17.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.5 apg), Alan Herndon (11.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.9 apg, 2.2 bpg), and Louis Adams (9.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.0 apg). Defensively, Wyoming is allowing their opponents to average 77.8 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Cowboys have a rebound margin of -3.2 and a turnover margin of 0.9.
The UNLV Rebels improved to 17-7 (6-5 MW) on the season after defeating the 23rd ranked Nevada Wolf Pack, 86-78, this past Wednesday. UNLV allowed Nevada to fight back and tie the game late after holding a 76-67 lead with 4:05 left in regulation, however, the Rebels were able to secure the upset victory after holding the high-powered Nevada offense scoreless for the final 2:25 of regulation. UNLV shot 50.8% from the field and outrebounded Nevada by a 45-32 margin in the win. Leading the way for the Rebels was Jovan Mooring who had 31 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks. On the season, UNLV is averaging 86.0 ppg on 51.0% shooting from the field. The Rebels are averaging 5.9 three-pointers per game on 34.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UNLV has been led by Brandon McCoy (17.6 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 1.6 bpg), Shakur Juiston (14.8 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.0 spg), Jordan Johnson (14.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.9 apg, 1.3 spg), and Jovan Mooring (14.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.3 spg). Defensively, UNLV is allowing their opponents to average 76.0 ppg on 41.9% shooting from the field. The Rebels have a rebound margin of 4.8 and a turnover margin of -1.9.
The Cowboys are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record. The Rebels are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win however, are just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games.
UNLV has won5 of their last 6 games and has been led by their offense that ranks 57th in scoring offense, 92nd in assists per game, and T-88th in three-pointers made per game. UNLV has won 3 of their last 4 games and has shown in their last two contests on the road against Boise State and Nevada, that the Rebels can compete with anyone in the Mountain West. The Rebels have been led by their offense that ranks 6th in scoring offense, 6th in FG%, and 51st in rebound margin. UNLV has been playing great basketball as of late, however, Wyoming has an offense that can put up points against the UNLV defense, and as the Cowboys have been decent on the road this season, I’m taking Wyoming and the points.