UNLV Runnin' Rebels vs Wyoming Cowboys Prediction, 2/8/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: UNLV Runnin' Rebels vs Wyoming Cowboys
Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Location: Arena Auditorium in Laramie, WY
The UNLV Runnin' Rebels (15-8) are hitting the road to Arena Auditorium on Wednesday where they will take on the Wyoming Cowboys (7-15).
The UNLV Runnin' Rebels played Fresno State and took a loss by a final of 82-79 in their last contest. When talking about personal fouls, the Runnin' Rebels left the arena with 23 and Fresno State recorded 26 personal fouls. They also converted 9 of their 17 attempts from long range. Fresno State shot 76.7% from the free throw line by converting 23 of their 30 tries. In addition, Fresno State totaled 29 rebounds (11 offensive, 18 defensive), but didn't have a block. Fresno State doled out 12 assists and had 7 steals for the contest. When it comes to defense, UNLV allowed the other team to go 49.0% from the floor on 25 out of 51 shooting. They also distributed 13 assists for the matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 15 turnovers and earning 9 steals. Concerning grabbing boards, they collected 27 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. When they shot from the free throw line, the Runnin' Rebels knocked down 23 of their 28 attempts for a rate of 82.1%. UNLV ended with a 46.3% FG percentage (25 of 54) and knocked down 6 of their 16 three-point shots.
Elijah Harkless is one guy who was a major contributor for the contest. He ended up with 27 points on 9 out of 18 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 31 minutes played and snagged 4 boards. He finished 50.0% from the floor and also totaled 4 assists.
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UNLV enters this game with a mark of 15-8 so far this season. They are averaging 76.4 points per game (72nd in the country) while hitting 44.9% from the field. The Runnin' Rebels are connecting on 35.6% on shots from distance (187 of 525) and 70.4% from the charity stripe. As a unit, UNLV is pulling in 34.1 rebounds per game and has totaled 316 dimes this season, which ranks 179th in the country in terms of passing. They turn the ball over 12.2 times per game and as a unit are committing 16.7 personal fouls per contest.
On the defensive end, the Runnin' Rebels are able to force 18.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.3 fouls. They give up 35.8% from 3-point land and they rank 164th in D-1 in points per game from their opponents (68.9). The Runnin' Rebels are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 42.8% (549 of 1,282) and they relinquish 36.3 boards per contest as a team. They currently rank 241st in Division 1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 323 conceded on the season.
The last time they took the court, the Wyoming Cowboys took a loss by a final score of 84-64 when they played San Jose State. Regarding how they attacked the glass, Wyoming permitted San Jose State to get 26 in total (9 on the offensive glass). They went 50.0% from three-point range by going 11 of 22 and walked away from this one shooting 13 of 15 from the free throw line (86.7%). The Cowboys permitted San Jose State to bury 30 of their 53 tries from the floor which had them shooting 56.6% in this contest. When all was said and done, the Cowboys ended up going 22 for 52 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 42.3%. Pertaining to shots from 3-point land, Wyoming knocked down 7 of their 22 attempts (31.8%). They were able to make 13 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 81.3%. San Jose State committed 15 fouls for this game which took the Cowboys to the free throw line for a total of 16 attempts. They also coughed up the ball 16 times, while recording 5 steals for this contest. The Cowboys snagged 14 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards for a total of 22 in this matchup.
Hunter Maldonado was important for the Cowboys in this game. He converted 13 out of 19 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 68.4%, and accounted for 4 rebounds. He racked up 34 points in his 38 minutes of playing time and accumulated 3 dimes in this matchup.
Wyoming has a record of 7-15 on the season. The Cowboys commit 14.5 personal fouls per game and they go 68.8% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 11.6 times per contest (305th in college basketball) and they turn it over 12.0 times per game. Wyoming has scored 1,551 pts on the year (70.5 per contest) and they grab 32.6 rebounds per game. When it comes to offense, the Cowboys are shooting 45.3% from the floor, which ranks them 147th in D-1.
The Cowboys defensively are ranked 255th in Division 1 in points per game surrendered with 72.0. They are forcing 11.3 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 46.2% from the field (321st in the nation). The Wyoming defense gives up 36.3% from downtown (185 of 509) and their opponents are connecting on 78.1% of their free throw shots. They have allowed 12.6 dimes and 32.6 boards every game, which is 182nd and 88th in Division 1.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Wyoming
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