UNLV Runnin' Rebels vs Boise State Broncos Prediction, 3/9/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: UNLV Runnin' Rebels vs Boise State Broncos
Date: Thursday, March 9, 2023
Location: Thomas & Mack Center in Paradise, NV
Odds/Point Spread: UNLV (+4)
The UNLV Runnin' Rebels (18-12) are en route to Thomas & Mack Center on Thursday where they will meet the Boise State Broncos (23-8). UNLV opens this contest as 4-point dogs. The over/under has been set at 140.5.
The UNLV Runnin' Rebels faced Nevada and notched a win by a score of 69-67 in their last contest. In regard to personal fouls, the Runnin' Rebels ended up with 27 while Nevada recorded 18 personal fouls. They knocked down 2 of 12 tries from beyond the arc. Nevada finished 65.7% from the free throw line by burying 23 of 35 attempts. Furthermore, Nevada collected 39 rebounds (7 offensive, 32 defensive), but couldn't earn a rejection. Nevada earned 18 dimes and had 4 steals for the contest. With regard to defending, UNLV let their opponent shoot 38.9% from the floor on 21 out of 54 shooting. They also doled out 12 assists for the matchup as well as creating 12 turnovers and earning 7 steals. When it comes to pulling down rebounds, they compiled 44 with 14 of them being of the offensive sort. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Runnin' Rebels knocked down 8 of their 11 attempts for a rate of 72.7%. UNLV ended having earned a 36.1% field goal percentage (26 of 72) and converted 9 of their 34 3-pointers.
Elijah Harkless is a player who was important in the game. He finished the game at 45.5% from the field and totaled 4 assists. He saw the court for 28 minutes played and snagged 8 boards. He accumulated 24 points on 10 out of 22 shooting.
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UNLV will take the court with a win-loss record of 18-12 on the season. They have an average of 74.1 points per game (124th in Division 1) while going 43.2% from the field. The Runnin' Rebels are connecting on 34.4% on three-point attempts (239 of 695) and 72.5% from the charity stripe. As a team, UNLV is collecting 33.8 boards per game and has accounted for 380 dimes on the campaign, which has them ranked 262nd in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. They are losing possession via turnover 12.3 times per game and as a unit they are committing 16.8 fouls on a nightly basis.
On the defensive end of the court, the Runnin' Rebels are forcing 17.8 turnovers every game while drawing 19.3 fouls. They are conceding 35.4% on three-point shots and they rank 158th in the nation in PPG allowed (69.5). The Runnin' Rebels are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 43.6% (727 of 1,666) and they relinquish 36.4 boards per game as a group. They are currently ranked 234th in D-1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 422 surrendered so far this season.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Boise State Broncos walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 86-73 when they played Utah State. The Broncos recorded 20 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds totaling 29 in the game. They turned the ball over 8 times, while recording 4 steals for this game. Utah State committed 16 personal fouls for this contest which got the Broncos to the charity stripe for 19 tries. They were able to knock down 16 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 84.2%. In regard to shooting from distance, Boise State made 7 of their 21 tries (33.3%). In all, the Broncos finished shooting 25 for 56 from the field which had them at 44.6%. The Broncos allowed Utah State to knock down 32 of their 56 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 57.1% for the game. They shot 35.0% from beyond the arc by hitting 7 out of 20 and walked away from this one shooting 15 of 17 from the charity stripe (88.2%). In reference to cleaning up the glass, Boise State permitted Utah State to collect 27 overall (5 on the offensive glass).
Chibuzo Agbo ended up having an impact for the Broncos for the contest. He made 6 of 11 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 54.5%, and added 4 rebounds. He earned 18 points in his 33 minutes of playing time and earned 1 assist for the matchup.
Boise State has a record of 23-8 for the campaign. The Broncos are committing 16.3 fouls per contest and they connect on 74.0% from the free throw line. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 11.1 times per game (325th in the nation) and they lose possession via turnover 11.3 times per game. Boise State has scored 2,235 pts for the campaign (72.1 per contest) and they grab 35.7 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Broncos are connecting on 45.5% from the field, which is 125th in college hoops.
The Broncos on defense are ranked 30th in D-1 in points given up per game with 63.7. They are able to force 11.8 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.2% from the field (44th in D-1). The Boise State defense allows 30.2% on shots from beyond the arc (192 of 635) and their opponents are knocking down 69.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have given up 10.5 assists and 32.0 total rebounds per game, which is ranked 25th and 65th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Boise State (-4)
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