Colorado State Rams vs UNLV Runnin' Rebels Prediction, 1/14/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Colorado State Rams vs UNLV Runnin' Rebels
Date: Saturday, January 14, 2023
Location: Thomas & Mack Center in Paradise, NV
TV: Youtube TV
The UNLV Runnin' Rebels (12-3) will try to defeat the Colorado State Rams (9-9) at Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday.
The Colorado State Rams faced Air Force and took a loss by a score of 85-74 in their last game. Colorado State finished the contest having earned a 43.9% FG percentage (25 of 57) and made 3 out of their 12 shots from distance. When they shot from the free throw line, the Rams made 21 of their 25 tries for a rate of 84.0%. With respect to grabbing boards, they compiled a total of 22 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 19 assists for this game while forcing the other team into 9 turnovers and having 6 steals. When discussing the defense, Colorado State allowed their opponent to shoot 50.8% from the field on 31 of 61 shooting. Air Force totaled 17 assists and had 6 steals for the game. On top of that, Air Force pulled down 34 rebounds (9 offensive, 25 defensive), but didn't record a block for the team. Air Force walked away from this one shooting 84.2% from the free throw line by converting 16 of their 19 attempts. They also buried 7 of 19 shots from downtown. Regarding fouls, the Rams finished with 18 while Air Force finished the game with 22 fouls.
Patrick Cartier is a player who was a contributor in this matchup. He ended up going 81.8% from the floor and totaled 1 assist. He saw the court for 31 mins played and also pulled down 3 rebounds. He ended up walking away with 23 points on 9 out of 11 shooting.
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Colorado State enters this one with a mark of 9-9 for the year. They cough up possession 10.2 times per game and as a unit they are committing 15.8 fouls per contest. As a unit, Colorado State is grabbing 29.7 rebounds per game and has accumulated 326 assists for the year, which ranks 3rd in Division 1 in terms of passing. The Rams are connecting on 37.1% from downtown (147 of 396) and 72.6% from the free throw line. They are averaging 75.1 points per game (119th in Division 1) while shooting 49.4% from the field.
Defensively, the Rams are able to force 13.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.5 fouls. They concede 37.7% from 3-point land and they rank 229th in D-1 in opponents points per game (70.5). The Rams defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 44.5% (445 of 999) and they relinquish 34.3 rebounds per game as a group. They are currently ranked 214th in Division 1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 214 relinquished this year.
The last time they took the court, the UNLV Runnin' Rebels took home the win by a final score of 84-77 when they faced New Mexico. The Runnin' Rebels were able to pull down 23 defensive boards and 5 offensive rebounds for a total of 28 for the matchup. They also gave up possession of the ball 13 times, while recording 8 steals for this contest. New Mexico committed 19 personal fouls in this game which took the Runnin' Rebels to the charity stripe for a total of 24 shots. They were able to knock down 18 of those for a percentage of 75.0%. Regarding shots from downtown, UNLV converted 8 of 22 attempts (36.4%). When this game wrapped up, the Runnin' Rebels shot 29 out of 56 from the field which gave them a rate of 51.8%. The Runnin' Rebels allowed New Mexico to convert 29 of 67 tries from the floor which left them shooting 43.3% for the matchup. They finished 26.3% from beyond the arc by connecting on 5 of 19 and walked away from this one shooting 14 of 22 at the free throw line (63.6%). In the matter of rebounding, UNLV permitted New Mexico to snag 33 in total (11 on the offensive glass).
Elijah Harkless ended up being a factor for the Runnin' Rebels for this contest. He converted 8 out of 16 in this game giving him a rate of 50.0%, and totaled 6 rebounds. He accumulated 25 points in his 35 mins on the hardwood and had 5 assists for the matchup.
UNLV has a win-loss record of 12-3 this season. The Runnin' Rebels have committed 15.9 personal fouls every game and they connect on 70.8% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 14.3 times per game (125th in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 12.8 times per game. UNLV has scored 1,161 pts this year (77.4 per contest) and they collect 35.9 boards per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Runnin' Rebels are shooting 44.7% from the floor, which is 173rd in the nation.
The UNLV defense gives up 31.7% on 3-point attempts (127 of 401) and opponents are knocking down 67.7% of their foul shots. They give up 12.7 assists and 37.7 total rebounds per game, which is 190th and 328th in those defensive categories. The Runnin' Rebels on the defensive end are ranked 87th in college basketball in points given up per game with 65.3. They are able to force 20.4 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 40.4% from the floor (59th in the country).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Colorado State
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