Utah State Aggies vs UNLV Runnin' Rebels Prediction, 1/25/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Utah State Aggies vs UNLV Runnin' Rebels
Date: Monday, January 25, 2021
Location: Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Utah State (-6)
The Utah State Aggies (12-4) go to Thomas & Mack Center on Monday where they'll take on the UNLV Runnin' Rebels (5-6). UNLV opens this contest as 6-point underdogs. The O/U has been set at 138.
Utah State enters this contest with a mark of 12-4 for the season. They average 75.8 points per game (97th in D-1) while connecting on 45.5% from the field. The Aggies are hitting 34.4% from downtown (110 of 320) and 71.5% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Utah State is pulling down 41.3 rebounds per game and is sitting with 258 assists on the season, which ranks 14th in Division 1 in terms of passing. They turn it over 14.1 times per game and as a group are committing 15.7 personal fouls on a nightly basis. On defense, the Aggies have forced 15.3 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 18.4 fouls. The Aggies defense is allowing a FG percentage of 38.6% (342 of 885) and they concede 29.7 boards per contest as a group. They are 231st in the nation in giving up assists to the opposition with 182 surrendered for the year. They are conceding 33.1% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 16th in Division 1 in PPG allowed (61.1).
The Utah State Aggies took the court against the Colorado State Rams and took a loss by a score of 84-76 in their last contest. Utah State wrapped up the game with a 42.2% FG percentage (27 out of 64) and knocked down 8 out of their 31 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Aggies knocked down 14 of 22 tries for a rate of 63.6%. In reference to grabbing rebounds, they earned 32 with 13 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 17 assists in this matchup as well as having 6 steals and 2 blocks. With regard to defense, Utah State allowed the other team to go 42.2% from the field on 27 of 64 shooting. Colorado State dished out 18 dimes and had 9 steals for the contest. Additionally, the Rams had 31 rebounds (4 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Colorado State finished the contest at 86.2% from the charity stripe by converting 25 of 29 shots. They made 9 of their 20 tries from beyond the arc.
Brock Miller is one guy who was a major factor in the matchup. He ended up scoring 14 points on 4 out of 10 shooting. He saw the court for 32 minutes played and grabbed 2 rebounds. Miller finished the contest at 40.0% from the floor and earned 2 dimes. Someone else that had an impact in the game for the Aggies was Neemias Queta. He collected 5 boards and also totaled 3 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 100.0% from the field for this contest by shooting 5-of-5 (13 points). When this game wrapped up, Queta was on the court for 27 min.
UNLV has a record of 5-6 on the season. When it comes to offense, the Runnin' Rebels are connecting on 45.5% from the floor, which is ranked 122nd in the nation. UNLV has earned 819 points this year (74.5 per game) and they grab 37.2 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 13.5 times per game (169th in the nation) and they lose possession via turnover 11.8 times per contest. The Runnin' Rebels commit 19.6 fouls every game and they go 69.6% from the free throw line. The Runnin' Rebels on the defensive end are ranked 77th in college basketball in points allowed per game with 66.0. They are able to force 13.8 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 39.7% from the field (45th in D-1). The UNLV defense allows 34.3% on 3-pointers (94 of 274) and their opponents are making 73.2% of their free throw shots. They have relinquished 13.1 dimes and 33.5 total boards per game, which ranks them 186th and 107th in those categories on the defensive end.
When they last stepped on the court, the UNLV Runnin' Rebels got the win with a final of 99-45 when they faced the Benedictine College Ravens. The Runnin' Rebels pulled down 39 defensive boards and 13 offensive boards totaling 52 in the matchup. They also rejected 7 shots while recording 8 steals in the game. The Ravens committed 15 fouls for the contest which took the Runnin' Rebels to the free throw line for a total of 15 attempts. They were able to make 11 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 73.3%. When discussing shots from downtown, UNLV made 8 of their 20 attempts (40.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Runnin' Rebels finished shooting 40 for 78 from the field which gave them a percentage of 51.3%. The Runnin' Rebels permitted the Ravens to make 15 out of their 69 tries from the floor which had them sitting at 21.7% in the matchup. They shot 24.2% from 3-point land by shooting 8 of 33 and ended up going 7 of 12 at the free throw line (58.3%). In regard to cleaning the glass, UNLV permitted Benedictine College to snag 36 overall (13 on the offensive glass).
Cheikh Mbacke Diong ended up being a factor for the Runnin' Rebels in the matchup. He knocked down 10 out of 17 in this contest for a rate of 58.8%, which had him finishing with 22 points. Diong totaled 11 rebounds in his 21 mins and totaled 2 assists in this matchup. Someone else who came through for UNLV was David Jenkins. He accumulated 20 points in 23 minutes on the hardwood by going 8 out of 15 shooting in this game. Jenkins finished going 53.3% from the field while also contributing 2 assists and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Utah State (-6)
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