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Colorado State vs UNLV Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 14th Betting Odds
Rams vs Runnin’ Rebels Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Colorado State Rams at UNLV Runnin’ Rebels
- Where: Las Vegas at Thomas & Mack Center
- Date: Saturday, January 14th
- Betting Odds: Colorado State +5.5, COLST +194 | UNLV -243 O/U 144.5
Heading into today’s matchup vs UNLV, the Colorado State Rams will be taking the floor for the 19th time this season and have an overall record of 9-9. So far, the Rams have played 7 games on the road, with a record of 2-5. For the season, Colorado State has been the underdog in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 2-5. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Rams being +5.5 point underdogs.
Colorado State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer John Tonje who is averaging 13.39 points per game for the Rams. Tonje is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Rams’ offensive game plan is the play of Patrick Cartier who has hit 65.3% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.33 points per game.
On offense, Colorado State comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 598th in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Rams’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.7 points per game. So far, 38.91% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 35.8%.
Runnin’ Rebels Preview:
UNLV will take the floor against the Rams with an overall record of 12-4. So far this season, UNLV has played 12 games at home, sitting with a record of 9-3. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Runnin’ Rebels as the -5.5 point favorites. The Runnin’ Rebels have been favored 12 times, going 9-3 straight up.
UNLV’s leading scorer this season is Elijah Harkless, who is averaging 16.31 points per contest. So far, Harkless has accounted for 20.55% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.31 rebounds per game and 3.56 assists. Luis Rodriguez is the second leading scorer for the Runnin’ Rebels, averaging 12.75 points per game. Between him and Rodriguez, they are accounting for 36.6% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for UNLV this season, as they are currently ranked 242nd in college basketball at 69.9 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Runnin’ Rebels’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.9%, placing them 264th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: UNLV Runnin’ Rebels -5.5
Heading into this matchup, with the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels sitting as -5.5 point favorites, we like them to pick up the win and cover the spread. Both team’s will be coming into the game looking to get up shots from outside, as UNLV and Colorado State are averaging 9.0 and 7.63 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that UNLV has historically performed well against the spread at home, going 6-4 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Runnin’ Rebels to cover at -5.5.