College Basketball Betting Preview: New Mexico Lobos vs. UNLV Runnin’ Rebels

New Mexico Lobos
(21-3, 15-7-1 ATS)

UNLV Runnin’ Rebels
(19-4, 15-6 ATS)

The Mountain West will be on display on Wednesday night, when two of its top teams face off in a Sin City showdown. The New Mexico Lobos (21-3, 15-7-1 ATS) will look to avenge a 74-62 home loss to the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (19-4, 15-6 ATS) in the top NCAA basketball betting battle of the day. Both teams have been on fire and are marching their way towards the NCAA Tournament. New Mexico has won seven straight and is 5-2 ATS since that loss to UNLV, while the Rebels are 7-2 both SU and ATS since the start of 2010.

The Lobos are led by F Darington Hobson, who is doing a little bit of everything for them. He leads the team in the three major category, including points (15.6 per game), rebounds (8.5 per game), and assists (4.3 per game), and he is also chipping in 1.3 steals per game and is third on the team in blocked shots (13). Beyond Hobson though, HC Steve Alford can count on F Roman Martinez, G Dairese Gary, or G Phillip McDonald, the three of which are combining to score 36.5 points per night.

It’s amazing how quickly a team can go from sitting on the bubble to being in the Top-25. UNLV did just that with its massive 88-74 win over BYU last weekend, which was its fifth straight SU victory. G Tre’Von Willis went absolutely nuts in that game, scoring 33 points and adding eight assists and five boards. It was his seventh 20+ point game since January 6th and his second 30+ point effort in his L/4 games. Willis is clearly the heart and soul of this team, as his 18.0 points per game leads the squad. The Rebels have to be very careful on the glass, as they are averaging the exact same number of rebounds per game as allowed, which could be dangerous against a New Mexico team that holds a +4.3 boards per night advantage over its opposition.

For UNLV, this may be the perfect recipe for a disastrous storm. Not only are the Rebels in an awful scheduling spot, as they are coming off of that huge win over BYU and have a date with San Diego State coming up over the weekend, but the Lobos have to be an incredibly angry team after suffering that loss at home just a few weeks ago. New Mexico has to be chomping at the bit right now, and a very strong team should be able to go on the road and, at bare minimum, hang within a reasonable number of points.

Selection: New Mexico Lobos

The Lobos are 6-3 ATS in their L/9 games against the Rebels and are 19-7-1 ATS in their L/27 games played on Wednesdays. Diamond Sportsbook currently features the Lobos as 5.5-point underdogs in the final game on tonight’s college basketball betting card, so sign up for an account right now and throw down on the action!

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