College Hoops Picks: #21 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels at UTEP Miners

#21 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels at UTEP Miners
Monday, December 17, 2012, 8:00 pm Eastern, TV: CBS Sports
Don Haskins Center – El Paso, Texas
Opening Line: UNLV -8 1/2
Current Line: UNLV -6 1/2
Opening Total: 130
Current Total: 132
Opening Money Line: UNLV -330 / UTEP +280
Current Money Line: UNLV -275 / UTEP +235

UNLV travels to El Paso to take on the UTEP Miners. UNLV is a 6.5 point favorite.

The 8-1 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels are #21 in the country under coach Dave Rice. The Rebels travel to El Paso to take on the 3-4 UTEP Miners Monday night. The Miners are coached by Tim Floyd. The Rebels lead the all time series 9-3 and won the last game last season 65-54 in Las Vegas.

UNLV’s only loss came at home to Oregon 83-79. The Rebels have home wins over Iowa St 82-70, UC-Irvine 85-57, and Hawaii 77-63 along with road wins at Portland 68-60 and California 76-75. UNLV crushed Division III LaVerne Wednesday night 91-44. UNLV has won 6 straight games. The game was in Las Vegas but not in UNLV’s home arena at the Thomas and Mack because of the National Finals Rodeo. The Rebels are 4-4 ATS and the total is 2-1 this season.

UTEP has losses at Arizona 72-51, and 3 losses in a tournament in Orlando to Oklahoma 68-61, Clemson 69-48, and Vanderbilt 73-49. The Miners have wins over Oral Roberts 69-49, New Mexic0 St 55-54 and Idaho 64-60. UTEP has won 2 straight games but hasn’t played in 9 days. The Miners are 0-6 ATS and the total is 2-1 this season.

UNLV is outscoring opponents 81-63 this season. The Rebels are #17 in scoring nationally. UNLV is shooting 43.8% from the field and 32.4% from 3 point range. The Rebels make 73.1% of their free throws. UNLV averages 43.6 rebounds a game and gives up 29.6 per game. The Rebels are #8 in rebounding nationally. UNLV opponents are shooting 36.8% from the field and 23.7% from 3 point range. The Rebels are #19 in opponents’ field goal percentage and #7 in 3 point defense. The Rebels average 18 assists, 10 steals, 5 blocks, and 14 turnovers a game.

Forward Anthony Bennett averages 20.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 1.9 blocks per game. Forward Mike Moser is out until early January with a dislocated elbow suffered in the California game last Sunday. Moser averages 10.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and a block. Guard Anthony Marshall averages 10.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 1.6 steals a game. Guard Katin Reinhardt averages 9.9 points, 2 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.1 steals a game. Justin Hawkins averages 8.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals a game. Bryce Dejean-Jones averages 8.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.3 steals a game. Savon Goodman, Quintrell Thomas, Daquan Cook, and Carlos Lopez-Sosa make up the rest of the rotation. Coach Rice might have a problem finding minutes in the rotation for every one as talented forward Khem Birch, a transfer from Pitt becomes eligible tonight. The Rebels are deep at all positions and will be even deeper once Moser returns.

UTEP is being outscored 64-57 this season. The Miners are #335 out of 347 teams in scoring. UTEP is shooting 43.5% from the field and 30.6% from 3 point range. The Miners make 70.5% of their free throws. UTEP averages 25.6 rebounds per game and allow 30.7 per game. The Miners are second to last in rebounding nationally. UTEP opponents are shooting 45.5% from the field and 45% from 3 point range. The Miners are second to last in 3 point defense in the country. UTEP is averaging 12 assists, 5 steals, 3 blocks and 13 turnovers.

Guard Julian Washburn averages 12 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.6 steals a game. Forward John Bohannon averages 11.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, an assist and 1.4 blocks a game. Forward Chris Washburn averages 7.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 1 assist a game. Guard Jacques Streeter averages 7.3 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 5 assists per game. Jalen Ragland averages 6.7 points a game. C.J. Cooper and Cedrick Lang make up the rest of the rotation. Land averages 4.1 rebounds a game. Every one in the rotation plays at least 21 minutes a game. That might change as guard McKenzie Moore becomes eligible and guard Konner Tucker is probable with a hand injury that has kept him out all season so far. Center Matt Willms is out indefinitely due to being ineligible.

UNLV is 6-2 ATS against Conference USA teams, 6-13 overall, 1-5 after scoring more 90 points, and after allowing 50 points or less, 2-10 after a straight up win, including 16-6 after a win of 20 points or more, 1-9 in road games against teams with winning home records, and in road games.

UTEP is 6-2 ATS at home against teams with winning road records, 8-3 in Monday games, 3-9-1 against Mountain West teams, 1-4 at home, 1-10 overall, 0-6 in non-conference games, 0-5 after failing to cover, 0-4 after a straight up win, and against teams with winning records.

With both teams adding new players to the rotation tonight, it makes it a little difficult to handicap this game. However, UNLV has much more depth and talent. The altitude of El Paso shouldn’t bother them too much. I like the rebels to win, but UTEP keeps it close at home.

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