UNLV Runnin' Rebels vs New Mexico Lobos Prediction, 3/5/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: UNLV Runnin' Rebels vs New Mexico Lobos
Date: Saturday, March 5, 2022
Location: The Pit in Albuquerque, NM
The Pit is the location where the New Mexico Lobos (12-18) will attempt to defeat the UNLV Runnin' Rebels (18-12) on Saturday.
The UNLV Runnin' Rebels faced off with Wyoming and took home the win by a score of 64-57 in their last game. Regarding personal fouls, the Runnin' Rebels ended up finishing with 16 and Wyoming finished the game with 14 personal fouls. They made 7 out of their 26 tries from distance. Wyoming finished the contest at 66.7% from the charity stripe by knocking down 8 of their 12 tries. On top of that, Wyoming grabbed 33 rebounds (6 offensive, 27 defensive), but wasn't able to put a block in the stat sheet. Wyoming doled out 9 dimes and had 6 steals in this matchup. When discussing defense, UNLV allowed the other team to shoot 34.4% from the floor on 21 out of 61 shooting. They also doled out 13 assists for this game in addition to forcing 9 turnovers and earning 7 steals. When talking about hauling in boards, they earned 38 with 8 of them being of the offensive variety. From the charity stripe, the Runnin' Rebels knocked down 14 of their 18 attempts for a rate of 77.8%. UNLV ended the game with a 38.2% field goal percentage (21 out of 55) and knocked down 8 of 21 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Royce Hamm is one player who was a major contributor in the matchup. He finished 54.5% from the field but didn't record an assist. He was on the hardwood for 0 mins and also grabbed 10 rebounds. He left the arena with 17 points on 6 out of 11 shooting.
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UNLV comes into this contest with a mark of 18-12 for the season. They turn it over 11.4 times per game and as a squad they commit 17.7 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, UNLV is pulling down 36.4 boards per game and has accounted for 423 dimes on the campaign, which ranks 92nd in the country in terms of passing. The Runnin' Rebels are connecting on 34.6% from downtown (253 of 731) and 73.6% from the free throw line. They are averaging 70.4 points per game (201st in Division 1) while going 42.9% from the floor.
When they are on defense, the Runnin' Rebels have forced 11.4 turnovers per game and they draw 16.9 fouls. They currently rank 182nd in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 372 conceded so far this year. The Runnin' Rebels are giving up a shooting percentage of 41.0% (691 of 1,684) and they surrender 34.4 boards per contest as a squad. They are giving up 31.4% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 70th in college hoops in points per game from their opponents (65.5).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the New Mexico Lobos took a defeat with a final score of 71-68 against Fresno State. When it comes to how they attacked the glass, New Mexico allowed Fresno State to get 30 in total (6 on the offensive glass). They finished shooting 47.6% from distance by going 10 out of 21 and ended up going 3 out of 6 from the free throw line (50.0%). The Lobos allowed Fresno State to convert 29 out of their 56 tries from the field which left them shooting 51.8% for the matchup. When all was said and done, the Lobos ended up shooting 25 for 58 from the floor which had them shooting 43.1%. Regarding 3-point shots, New Mexico made 6 out of 18 attempts (33.3%). They were able to make 12 of the free throws for a percentage of 85.7%. Fresno State earned 13 fouls for this game which took the Lobos to the free throw line for a total of 14 tries. They also turned it over 7 times, while getting 7 steals for this game. The Lobos were able to snag 23 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive boards for a total of 28 for the matchup.
Jamal Mashburn was important for the Lobos in this matchup. He converted 9 out of 22 for this game for a field goal percentage of 40.9%, and accounted for 3 rebounds. He had 27 points in his 39 minutes on the hardwood and earned 1 assist for the matchup.
New Mexico has a record of 12-18 so far this season. The Lobos commit 18.2 personal fouls every game and they hit 74.6% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 11.7 times per contest (276th in the nation) and they are losing possession via turnover 11.7 times per game. New Mexico has scored 2,228 pts for the season (74.3 per game) and they average 33.8 boards per contest. As an offensive team, the Lobos are connecting on 43.7% from the field, which is 213th in Division 1.
The New Mexico defense allows 32.9% on 3-pointers (199 of 604) and their opponents are making 73.3% of their free throw attempts. They give up 14.3 assists and 37.6 rebounds every game, which ranks 294th and 324th in D-1. The Lobos on the defensive end are ranked 324th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 75.5. They are able to force 13.2 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 45.8% from the field (306th in the nation).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take New Mexico
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