UNLV Runnin' Rebels vs Boise State Broncos Prediction, 2/11/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UNLV Runnin' Rebels vs Boise State Broncos
Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021
Location: ExtraMile Arena in Boise, ID
Odds/Point Spread: UNLV (+11)
ExtraMile Arena is the venue where and the Boise State Broncos (14-4) will play the UNLV Runnin' Rebels (8-9) on Thursday. Boise State opens this matchup as 11-point favorites. The O/U opens at 142.
UNLV enters this matchup with a win-loss record of 8-9 so far this year. The Runnin' Rebels are connecting on 35.6% on shots from 3-point land (155 of 435) and 72.4% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 71.2 pts per game (191st in the nation) while going 44.7% from the floor. They lose possession by turning the ball over 12.2 times per game and as a unit are committing 18.6 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, UNLV is pulling down 35.5 rebounds per contest and has accumulated 231 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 146th in the country in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Runnin' Rebels are forcing 13.0 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 15.4 fouls. They rank 261st in college basketball in giving up assists with 242 relinquished so far this year. The Runnin' Rebels are giving up a field goal percentage of 41.8% (387 of 926) and they surrender 33.1 rebounds per game as a squad. They are surrendering 36.9% on three-point shots and they are 108th in D-1 in PPG allowed (67.5).
The UNLV Runnin' Rebels stepped onto the hardwood against the Air Force Falcons and took home the win by a score of 69-64 in their last game. UNLV wrapped up the contest with a 55.6% FG percentage (25 out of 45) and made 9 out of their 16 three-point attempts. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Runnin' Rebels made 10 of their 15 tries for a percentage of 66.7%. In terms of grabbing boards, they earned 26 with 6 of them being offensive. They also distributed 13 assists for the contest in addition to getting 2 steals and 5 blocks. In reference to the defense, UNLV allowed 55.6% from the field on 25 of 45 shooting. Air Force recorded 16 dimes and had 5 steals in this game. Furthurmore, the Falcons snagged 17 rebounds (2 offensive, 15 defensive) and added 5 rejections. Air Force went 77.8% when shooting free throws by making 7 of their 9 attempts. They also made 9 of their 21 attempts from 3-point range.
Bryce Hamilton is a guy who came through for the matchup. He was able to score 14 points on 7 out of 9 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 27 mins and also totaled 2 boards. Hamilton ended up shooting 77.8% from the floor and distributed 4 dimes. Someone else that had an impact in the game for the Runnin' Rebels was Cheikh Mbacke Diong. He pulled down 9 rebounds and also earned 2 dimes. He finished the game at 33.3% from the floor for this contest by going 2-of-6 (8 points). When this game wrapped up, Diong played for 36 min.
Boise State has a record of 14-4 for the season. When it comes to executing on offense, the Broncos are shooting 46.6% from the floor, which is 67th in the country. Boise State has 1,412 pts for the year (78.4 per game) and they pull in 37.2 rebounds per contest. They are getting an assist 14.5 times per game (106th in college basketball) and they turn it over 11.3 times per contest. The Broncos are committing 17.1 fouls every game while shooting 72.8% from the charity stripe. The Broncos defensively are ranked 47th in the country in PPG allowed with 64.3. They are able to force 15.2 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.9% from the field (116th in Division 1). The Boise State defense concedes 30.9% on 3-point shots (110 of 356) and opponents are connecting on 74.4% of their shots from the free throw line. They have allowed 10.8 dimes and 31.1 boards every game, which is 43rd and 38th in those categories on the defensive end.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Boise State Broncos walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 73-62 when they faced the Nevada Wolf Pack. The Broncos corralled 26 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive rebounds totaling 31 for this game. They also turned away 2 attempts while recording 8 steals for the game. The Wolf Pack had 26 fouls in this game which got the Broncos to the free throw line for 27 shots. They were able to knock down 19 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 70.4%. In terms of shooting from 3-point land, Boise State converted 7 of their 21 attempts (33.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Broncos finished 18 for 52 from the field which gave them a rate of 34.6%. The Broncos permitted the Wolf Pack to knock down 28 out of their 60 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 46.7% in this game. They finished 31.6% from 3-point land by hitting 6 out of 19 and ended up shooting 11 of 16 at the charity stripe (68.8%). In the matter of team rebounding, Boise State allowed Nevada to pull down 37 overall (4 on the offensive side).
Derrick Alston ended up being a factor for the Broncos for this game. He made 5 out of 10 in the matchup for a rate of 50.0%, which earned him 17 points. Alston pulled down 3 boards in his 33 minutes played and accumulated 2 dimes in this matchup. One more player that was pivotal for Boise State was Mladen Armus. He ended up with 12 points in his 28 minutes on the court via 4 out of 8 from the floor for the matchup. Armus walked away from this one going 50.0% from the floor as well as contributing 2 dimes and 8 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Boise State (-11)
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