MWC foes will clash when the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (13-14, 8-6 MWC) clash with the Colorado State Rams (18-9, 9-5 MWC) at the Thomas & Mack Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, and it can be seen on CBS Sports Network.
Colorado State Rams vs. UNLV Runnin’ Rebels Odds Preview
In the Rams’ last outing, they defeated the Wyoming Cowboys, 77-70. With 11 points and 17 rebounds, Colorado State’s Nico Carvacho had a solid outing. The Rams had a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 45.0 (above their season average of 25.7) and had a free throw rate of 0.481 (above their season average of 0.252).
The Runnin’ Rebels come in on a high note after defeating the New Mexico Lobos in their last game, 78-73. UNLV’s Elijah Mitrou-Long was a key piece with 17 points and six rebounds. UNLV dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.7 (below their season average of 35.3) and a turnover percentage of 14.6 (better than their season average of 16.9). For those same stats, New Mexico recorded marks of 18.2 and 16.7, respectively.
These two teams have already met once this season. The Rams won 95-77. Colorado State did a terrific job of getting and making free throws (20-28; 71.4 percent). UNLV, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (34.1 vs. 28.0). Bryce Hamilton was the game’s top overall scorer with 28 points.
Expect this one to be a clinic on boxing out as two of the nation’s top rebounding teams battle. The Runnin’ Rebels rank 20th in offensive rebounding percentage (35.0 percent), while Colorado State ranks 32nd in defensive rebounding percentage (76.1 percent). Additionally, the Rams’ 53rd-ranked offense (offensive efficiency of 109.0) will battle against the Runnin’ Rebels’ 284th-ranked defense (defensive efficiency of 104.4).
Colorado State at UNLV Odds Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – UNLV, ATS Winner – UNLV, O/U – Under
The Rams rank 36th in blocks allowed per game (2.6) while the Runnin’ Rebels rank 131st (3.6).
Colorado State averages 6.6 steals per game, which ranks 113th in the nation. UNLV ranks 118th in steals allowed per game (6.4).
Colorado State ranks 23rd in assists per game (15.6) while UNLV ranks 214th in assists allowed per game (14.3).
The Runnin’ Rebels rank 98th in three pointers attempted per game (23.5) while the Rams rank 265th in three pointers allowed per game (24.9).
UNLV ranks 43rd in rebounds per game (38.8) while Colorado State ranks 141st (35.7).
The Runnin’ Rebels have been outscored by an average of 6.0 points in their last five games. On the season, UNLV has defeated opponents by an average of 0.4 points.
During their last five games, the Rams have scored an average of 83.2 points per game (6.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 76.6 points per game (4.9 above their season average).