Utah State Aggies vs UNLV Runnin' Rebels Prediction, 1/27/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Utah State Aggies vs UNLV Runnin' Rebels
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Location: Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Utah State (-5.5)
The Utah State Aggies (12-5) travel to Thomas & Mack Center on Wednesday where they'll meet the UNLV Runnin' Rebels (6-6). UNLV opens this game as 5.5-point underdogs. The total opens at 136.
Utah State will enter this game with a mark of 12-5 this season. They average 74.6 points per game (118th in the country) while going 44.8% from the field. The Aggies are shooting 33.6% on three-point shots (115 of 342) and 72.2% from the free throw line. As a unit, Utah State is pulling in 41.4 boards per game and has accumulated 269 dimes on the year, which ranks 12th in Division 1 in terms of passing. They turn the ball over 14.3 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 15.5 fouls every game. On the defensive end, the Aggies are able to force 15.4 turnovers per game while drawing 18.2 fouls. They are 260th in Division 1 in allowing assists to their opponents with 196 conceded this season. The Aggies are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 38.3% (362 of 946) and they relinquish 30.2 boards per contest as a team. They surrender 33.8% from beyond the arc and they rank 15th in college hoops in points per game allowed (61.0).
The Utah State Aggies played the Runnin' Rebels and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 59-56 in their last game. Utah State wrapped up the game with a 32.8% FG percentage (20 out of 61) and made 5 of their 22 3-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Aggies buried 11 of their 12 shots for a rate of 91.7%. Concerning hauling in boards, they earned 39 with 13 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 11 assists for the matchup while earning 8 steals and 7 blocks. When discussing defense, Utah State allowed 32.8% from the floor on 20 of 61 shooting. UNLV earned 14 dimes and had 13 steals in the game. Furthurmore, the Runnin' Rebels had 37 rebounds (9 offensive, 28 defensive) and had 7 blocks. UNLV ended up going 85.7% from the free throw line by burying 6 of their 7 attempts. They also converted 13 out of their 30 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Marco Anthony is someone who was a major factor in this matchup. He recorded 18 points on 5 of 15 shooting. He was on the court for 29 minutes played and snagged 9 rebounds. Anthony walked away from this one shooting 33.3% from the floor and earned 3 assists. An additional guy that played a role in the matchup for the Aggies was Justin Bean. He pulled down 6 rebounds and accounted for 2 dimes. He went 36.4% from the field for this game by going 4-of-11 (10 points). When all was said and done, Bean saw the court for 27 minutes.
UNLV has a win-loss record of 6-6 this season. The Runnin' Rebels have committed 19.3 personal fouls per contest and they go 70.3% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 13.6 times per contest (162nd in D-1) and they are turning it over 12.3 times per game. UNLV has totaled 878 pts this year (73.2 per game) and they snag 37.3 boards per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Runnin' Rebels are hitting on 44.5% from the field, which ranks 176th in college basketball. The Runnin' Rebels on defense are ranked 63rd in college basketball in points given up per game with 65.2. They are forcing their opponents into 14.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 39.0% from the floor (23rd in college hoops). The UNLV defense allows 33.4% on shots from beyond the arc (99 of 296) and their opponents are connecting on 74.2% of their free throw attempts. They have surrendered 12.9 assists and 34.4 boards every game, which ranks them 175th and 144th in college hoops.
In their win over Utah State, the Runnin' Rebels were able to collect 28 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds totaling 37 in the game. They turned away 3 tries while getting 13 steals in the game. The Aggies earned 12 personal fouls in this contest which got the Runnin' Rebels to the free throw line for a total of 7 attempts. They were able to knock down 6 of those for a rate of 85.7%. When discussing shots from downtown, UNLV knocked down 13 out of their 30 tries (43.3%). When this game wrapped up, the Runnin' Rebels finished the game shooting 20 out of 61 from the floor which had them shooting 32.8%. The Runnin' Rebels allowed the Aggies to bury 20 of 61 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 32.8% in the game. They went 22.7% from beyond the perimeter by going 5 out of 22 and finished the contest at 11 out of 12 at the free throw line (91.7%). In regard to how they rebounded, UNLV permitted Utah State to snag 39 overall (13 on the offensive side).
David Jenkins was important for the Runnin' Rebels in the matchup. He converted 4 of 13 in this contest for a rate of 30.8%, which got him 14 points. Jenkins pulled down 5 boards in his 36 mins and totaled 2 dimes in the game. One more player that played a role for UNLV was Bryce Hamilton. He scored 14 points in his 35 minutes on the court via 4 out of 16 from the floor in this contest. Hamilton finished going 25.0% from the field while also collecting 8 assists and 5 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take UNLV (+5.5) and under 136 points
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