UNLV Runnin' Rebels vs Nevada Wolf Pack Prediction, 1/31/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UNLV Runnin' Rebels vs Nevada Wolf Pack
Date: Sunday, January 31, 2021
Location: Lawlor Events Center in Reno, NV
Odds/Point Spread: UNLV (+2)
The UNLV Runnin' Rebels (6-7) travel to Lawlor Events Center on Sunday where they'll meet the Nevada Wolf Pack (10-7). UNLV opens this matchup as 2-point underdogs. The O/U is set at 143.5.
UNLV comes into this contest with a record of 6-7 on the season. The Runnin' Rebels are shooting 36.2% on shots from downtown (127 of 351) and 70.8% from the free throw line. They are averaging 73.2 points per game (148th in the country) while shooting 44.4% from the field. They lose possession via turnover 12.2 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 19.1 fouls per contest. As a team, UNLV is pulling in 36.6 boards per game and has racked up 178 dimes for the year, which has them ranked 185th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end of the court, the Runnin' Rebels are forcing 14.0 turnovers per game while drawing 15.2 fouls. The Runnin' Rebels are giving up a FG percentage of 40.0% (289 of 723) and they surrender 34.9 rebounds per contest as a group. They are ranked 187th in Division 1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 176 relinquished on the year. They relinquish 34.6% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 80th in college basketball in opponents PPG (66.5).
The UNLV Runnin' Rebels faced off with the Utah State Aggies and took a loss by a final of 83-74 in their last contest. UNLV ended the contest with a 43.3% field goal percentage (26 out of 60) and buried 10 of their 28 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Runnin' Rebels knocked down 12 of 16 shots for a rate of 75.0%. Pertaining to getting rebounds, they collected a total of 28 with 7 of them being offensive. They also distributed 15 assists for the contest while getting 6 steals and 4 blocked shots. In reference to defending, UNLV allowed their opponent to shoot 43.3% from the floor on 26 out of 60 shooting. Utah State dished out 21 assists and had 5 steals in this matchup. On top of that, the Aggies snagged 39 boards (13 offensive, 26 defensive) and had 4 rejections. Utah State finished the contest at 64.7% from the free throw line by making 11 of their 17 tries. They knocked down 10 of their 19 attempts from distance.
David Jenkins is one guy who was a major factor in the matchup. He ended up finishing with 33 points on 12 out of 21 shooting. He played 34 mins and also snagged 2 boards. Jenkins went 57.1% from the field and also dished out 4 assists. An additional guy that was a determining factor in this contest for the Runnin' Rebels was Moses Wood. He pulled down 2 rebounds and also accounted for 2 dimes. He went 60.0% from the floor in this game by shooting 3-of-5 (11 points). When the final whistle blew, Wood was on the hardwood for 31 min.
Nevada has a mark of 10-7 for the season. The Wolf Pack are committing 19.6 personal fouls per contest while shooting 75.4% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 13.6 times per contest (159th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 13.0 times per game. Nevada has accounted for 1,226 pts so far this season (72.1 per contest) and they pull down 37.1 rebounds per contest. On the offensive side of the ball, the Wolf Pack are shooting 43.8% from the floor, which ranks 205th in the country. The Wolf Pack are ranked 118th in college basketball in points given up per game with 67.8. The Nevada defense allows 32.1% on 3-point shots (138 of 430) and their opposition knocks down 68.2% of their foul shots. They allow 13.1 dimes and 34.3 rebounds per contest, which has them ranked 185th and 135th in college hoops. They are able to force 12.4 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 40.1% from the floor (49th in college hoops).
In their last game, the Nevada Wolf Pack took a defeat with a final score of 93-88 when they played the Wyoming Cowboys. The Wolf Pack corralled 24 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds totaling 34 for this game. They rejected 2 shots while earning 4 steals in this contest. The Cowboys earned 29 personal fouls in this contest which got the Wolf Pack to the charity stripe for 38 attempts. They were able to make 30 of them for a percentage of 78.9%. In the matter of 3-point shots, Nevada made 6 out of their 24 attempts (25.0%). At the conclusion of this game, the Wolf Pack finished 26 for 60 from the field which gave them a rate of 43.3%. The Wolf Pack allowed the Cowboys to convert 31 of their 61 attempts from the field which had them shooting 50.8% in the matchup. They finished 32.3% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 10 out of 31 and ended up going 21 of 30 from the free throw line (70.0%). Concerning how they rebounded, Nevada allowed Wyoming to snag 35 in total (9 offensive).
Grant Sherfield ended up having an impact for the Wolf Pack in this contest. He made 6 out of 13 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 46.2%, which gave him 26 points. Sherfield snagged 2 boards in his 34 minutes and had 4 dimes in the game. One more player that ended being a contributor for Nevada was Desmond Cambridge. He was able to score 16 points in 34 minutes played via 6 out of 14 shooting in the game. Cambridge ended the game having shot 42.9% from the field as well as earning 2 assists and 5 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take UNLV (+2)
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