Fresno State Bulldogs vs UNLV Runnin' Rebels Prediction, 2/24/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Fresno State Bulldogs vs UNLV Runnin' Rebels
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Location: Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Fresno State (+6)
Thomas & Mack Center is the venue where and the UNLV Runnin' Rebels (10-11) will take on the Fresno State Bulldogs (9-9) on Wednesday. UNLV opens this game as 6-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 131.5.
Fresno State enters this matchup with a mark of 9-9 so far this season. They lose possession by turning the ball over 14.8 times per contest and as a group they commit 17.8 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Fresno State is pulling in 36.5 rebounds per contest and has tallied 182 assists so far this season, which is 306th in the country in terms of passing the rock. The Bulldogs are shooting 30.2% on shots from distance (110 of 364) and 64.4% from the free throw line. They average 66.2 points per outing (286th in D-1) while going 43.1% from the field. When they are on defense, the Bulldogs have forced 13.7 turnovers per game and they draw 18.9 personal fouls. The Bulldogs defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 43.1% (424 of 983) and they concede 32.3 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They rank 67th in the nation in allowing assists to the opposition with 198 surrendered for the year. They surrender 34.5% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 99th in the country in opponents PPG (67.6).
The Fresno State Bulldogs faced off with the San Diego State Aztecs and took a loss by a final of 75-57 in their last game. Fresno State ended with a 43.1% FG percentage (22 of 51) and buried 5 of their 20 shots from downtown. When they shot from the free throw line, the Bulldogs converted 8 of 16 attempts for a rate of 50.0%. Regarding hauling in rebounds, they collected 23 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 9 dimes for this contest while having 4 steals and 2 blocks. In terms of the defense, Fresno State let their opponent shoot 43.1% from the floor on 22 out of 51 shooting. San Diego State totaled 7 dimes and had 9 steals in this game. Additionally, the Aztecs totaled 22 boards (2 offensive, 20 defensive) and added 2 blocks. San Diego State finished the contest at 70.8% when shooting free throws by making 17 of 24 attempts. They also converted 8 of 12 attempts from 3-point range.
Deon Stroud is a guy who came through in the matchup. He totaled 17 points on 7 out of 19 shooting. He saw the court for 36 mins played and also pulled down 7 boards. Stroud finished the game shooting 36.8% from the field but had no assists at the end of the game. An additional guy that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Bulldogs was Orlando Robinson. He had 4 rebounds and had 2 assists. He walked away from this one shooting 77.8% from the field in this contest by connecting on 7-of-9 (16 points). When the game finished, Robinson played for 31 min.
UNLV has a win-loss record of 10-11 on the year. The Runnin' Rebels are committing 18.2 fouls per contest and they hit 69.7% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 13.3 times per contest (165th in college basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 12.5 times per game. UNLV has totaled 1,479 pts on the year (70.4 per contest) and they pull in 36.9 boards per contest. As an offense, the Runnin' Rebels are hitting on 44.3% from the field, which ranks them 173rd in the nation. The Runnin' Rebels defensively are ranked 95th in college hoops in points per game surrendered with 67.2. The UNLV defense gives up 36.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter (185 of 509) and their opposition knocks down 72.7% of their free throw shots. They surrender 13.5 assists and 32.6 total boards per game, which ranks them 217th and 74th in the country. They are forcing 12.4 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 41.7% from the field (105th in college basketball).
The last time they took the court, the UNLV Runnin' Rebels walked away with a victory by a final of 67-64 against the San Jose State Spartans. The Runnin' Rebels were able to corral 27 defensive rebounds and 24 offensive rebounds totaling 51 in the matchup. They blocked 2 shots while recording 8 steals in the game. The Spartans committed 14 fouls for the matchup which got the Runnin' Rebels to the free throw line for 14 shots. They were able to make 6 of them for a clip of 42.9%. In relation to shooting from distance, UNLV converted 7 out of 27 attempts (25.9%). When all was said and done, the Runnin' Rebels finished the game shooting 27 for 76 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 35.5%. The Runnin' Rebels permitted the Spartans to bury 24 out of 56 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 42.9% in this game. They finished 34.6% from distance by shooting 9 of 26 and ended up shooting 7 out of 13 from the free throw line (53.8%). When talking about cleaning the glass, UNLV permitted San Jose State to snag 26 in total (5 offensive).
Bryce Hamilton ended up having an impact for the Runnin' Rebels for the matchup. He converted 7 out of 25 for the contest for a field goal rate of 28.0%, which had him finishing with 17 points. Hamilton collected 12 rebounds in his 32 minutes and had 3 assists in this matchup. One more player that was pivotal for UNLV was Cheikh Mbacke Diong. He left the arena with 13 points in 29 minutes on the court by going 6 of 9 from the floor for this game. Diong ended up shooting 66.7% from the floor in addition to contributing 2 assists and 13 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Fresno State (+6)
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