No. 15 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels at Boise State Broncos
Wednesday, 1/25/12, 10:00 PM EST, TV: N/A
Opening Point Spread: UNLV -9.5
Current Betting Line: UNLV -9.5
Opening Total: 147
Current Total: 146.5
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UNLV is off to its best start since the 1991-92 season and is coming off an electrifying 80-63 win over the New Mexico Lobos as 6.5-point home favorites. “You can never score too many points,” commented Runnin’ Rebels senior guard Anthony Marshall. All three of the program’s losses have come away from the Thomas and Mack Center, including a 69-67 setback against the San Diego State Aztecs in its Mountain West Conference road opener. UNLV is 1-4 ATS on the road this year.
The Runnin’ Rebels have won nine of their last 10 games and this week’s top-25 ranking marks their seventh week as a ranked team during the 2011-12 campaign. Three UNLV players are averaging double figures in scoring this year and are led by Chace Stanback pouring in 14.7 points per game. He leads the team in shooting 50.5 percent from the field and 47.7 percent from beyond the arc. Wednesday’s game will mark the fourth all-time meeting with Boise State, with the program holding a 2-1 advantage in the series.
Boise State has lost four straight games and five of its last six, but it’s important to note that the team is 9-1 at home this season inside Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos have one player averaging double figures in scoring, with freshman Anthony Drmic scoring 13.1 points per game. Offensively, the team has managed to score 83.1 points per game in its 10 home games, but has managed to averaging just 56.3 points during its current four-game losing streak. Boise State is 1-5 ATS as an underdog this year, while the “under” is 2-4 in those contests.
The Broncos have already used nine different starting lineups this year, which is more than the coaching staff used during the 2010-11 season (eight). Drmic should be very happy to return to his home floor, shooting 43.9 percent from beyond the arc in front of the home fans this season. He entered this week ranking fourth nationally among freshman in three-point field goal percentage, but has hit just 5-of-26 (.192) shots from that distance during the team’s recent losing streak.
Bettors will likely back the Runnin’ Rebels due to their 13-5 ATS mark as a road favorite, while the Broncos are 7-19 ATS versus winning teams.
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