Air Force Falcons vs UNLV Runnin' Rebels Prediction, 2/8/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Air Force Falcons vs UNLV Runnin' Rebels
Date: Monday, February 8, 2021
Location: Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Air Force (+13)
The Air Force Falcons (4-13) go to Thomas & Mack Center on Monday where they'll meet the UNLV Runnin' Rebels (7-9). The spread on this game has UNLV as 13-point favorites. The total opens at 130.
Air Force will enter this game with a win-loss record of 4-13 this year. They turn it over 14.8 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 15.7 personal fouls per contest. As a team, Air Force is grabbing 24.0 rebounds per contest and has racked up 211 assists on the year, which has them ranked 179th in college hoops in terms of passing. The Falcons are hitting 34.4% on 3-pointers (126 of 366) and 67.7% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 59.1 pts per contest (343rd in the nation) while hitting 45.5% from the floor. Defensively, the Falcons are able to force 12.8 turnovers every game and they draw 16.7 personal fouls. The Falcons defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 49.1% (456 of 928) and they relinquish 34.3 boards per game as a squad. They are 303rd in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 259 surrendered for the year. They are relinquishing 37.0% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 245th in Division 1 in PPG allowed (72.9).
The Air Force Falcons played the Runnin' Rebels and ended up losing by a score of 68-58 in their last contest. Air Force ended the game with a 43.5% FG percentage (20 of 46) and made 15 out of their 32 shots from downtown. From the free throw line, the Falcons converted 3 of their 7 tries for a percentage of 42.9%. When talking about rebounding, they compiled 19 with 4 of them being offensive. They also dished out 15 dimes in this matchup while having 3 steals and 2 rejections. Pertaining to defense, Air Force allowed 43.5% from the field on 20 out of 46 shooting. UNLV recorded 14 assists and had 7 steals in this game. Moreover, the Runnin' Rebels snagged 29 boards (8 offensive, 21 defensive) and added 2 rejections. UNLV finished 80.0% at the free throw line by making 12 of 15 tries. They converted 2 of their 14 attempts from beyond the arc.
A.J. Walker is someone who was a factor for the contest. He ended up walking away with 18 points on 6 of 12 shooting. He saw the court for 40 mins played and collected 2 rebounds. Walker finished shooting 50.0% from the floor and totaled 2 dimes. One more player that was a major contributor in this matchup for the Falcons was Chris Joyce. He collected 2 rebounds and also accounted for 2 assists. He walked away from this one shooting 62.5% from the field in the game by going 5-of-8 (14 points). Overall, Joyce saw the court for 30 min.
UNLV has a record of 7-9 for the season. The Runnin' Rebels are committing 18.8 personal fouls per contest while shooting 72.8% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 13.6 times per contest (152nd in the country) and they turn it over 12.2 times per contest. UNLV has totaled 1,142 pts this season (71.4 per game) and they snag 35.9 rebounds per game. When it comes to offense, the Runnin' Rebels are shooting 44.2% from the field, which ranks them 186th in D-1. The Runnin' Rebels on defense are ranked 116th in D-1 in PPG allowed with 67.8. They are forcing 13.2 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 41.3% from the floor (85th in D-1). The UNLV defense surrenders 36.5% on shots from distance (144 of 394) and their opponents are knocking down 73.8% of their free throw attempts. They have allowed 14.1 dimes and 33.9 total boards per game, which is ranked 252nd and 121st in those categories on the defensive end.
In their win over Air Force, the Runnin' Rebels were able to corral 21 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards for a total of 29 in this game. They blocked 2 shots while earning 7 steals in this game. The Falcons were called for 16 fouls for the game which got the Runnin' Rebels to the charity stripe for a total of 15 tries. They were able to make 12 of the free throw tries for a rate of 80.0%. In the matter of 3-point shots, UNLV made 2 of 14 attempts (14.3%). At the conclusion of this game, the Runnin' Rebels shot 27 for 49 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 55.1%. The Runnin' Rebels allowed the Falcons to bury 20 of 46 tries from the field which left them shooting 43.5% in this contest. They finished 46.9% from three-point range by connecting on 15 out of 32 and finished the contest at 3 of 7 from the free throw line (42.9%). Concerning how they cleaned up the glass, UNLV allowed Air Force to grab 19 in total (4 on the offensive side).
Bryce Hamilton ended up being a major contributor for the Runnin' Rebels in this game. He made 9 out of 14 in this contest for a rate of 64.3%, which earned him 22 points. Hamilton pulled down 13 rebounds in his 39 mins played and tallied 5 dimes for the contest. One more player that ended up playing a role for UNLV was Cheikh Mbacke Diong. He was able to score 16 points in 26 minutes played by going 8 out of 10 shooting for this contest. Diong ended the game having shot 80.0% from the floor as well as contributing 2 assists and 2 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Air Force (+13)
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