NCAA Basketball Picks: UNLV Runnin’ Rebels vs. Arizona Wildcats
UNLV Runnin’ Rebels vs. Arizona Wildcats
Saturday, 12/7/13, 5:15 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Arizona -16
Current Betting Line: Arizona -16
Opening Total: N/A
Current Total: N/A
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
UNLV snapped a two-game losing streak by picking up an 85-55 victory over UT Martin as 18-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for the third time in four contests. The Runnin’ Rebels will look to match the Wildcats on the boards, with junior Roscoe Smith leading the nation in grabbing 16.2 rebounds a game. He has grabbed 10 or more rebounds in every game during the 2013-14 campaign, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NCAA basketball lines page. UNLV is 4-1 ATS as road underdogs of 12.5 or more points in its last five opportunities.
The Runnin’ Rebels are 11-6 SU all-time against the Wildcats, but they’ve won just two of seven meetings in Tucson. UNLV has compiled a 58-51 record against teams that currently make up the Pac-12 Conference. Junior guard Bryce Dejean-Jones will need to put together a huge offensive performance in this spot, as he’s one of four players on the roster averaging at least 11.0 points.
Arizona will look to win its 13th straight non-conference home game, while improving its record to 9-0 to start the season. The Wildcats rank seventh nationally in field goal percentage defense, with most of that success coming inside the three-point area, with opponents hitting just 39.2 percent of their shots from two-point range. It’s important to point out that the squad has won the rebounding battle in each of its eight games this season and sits behind just three teams with a +14.4 rebounding margin. Arizona is 5-0 SU and 3-2 ATS as home favorites of 15.5 to 18 points the last two-plus seasons.
The Wildcats have three players averaging double figures, with junior guard Nick Johnson leading the way at 17.1 points a contest. Arizona is getting great all-around production from freshman forward Aaron Gordon, who leads Pac-12 first-year players in rebounds and blocks per game. He has scored in double figures in all eight games and leads the squad in minutes played.
Sports bettors will likely back the Runnin’ Rebels due to the Wildcats being 1-6 ATS in their last seven games versus Mountain West Conference foes.
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