MWC foes will clash when the Nevada Wolf Pack (11-8, 4-3 MWC) clash with the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (11-9, 6-1 MWC) at the Lawlor Events Center. Tip-off is set for 11 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, and it can be seen on CBS Sports Network.
UNLV Runnin’ Rebels at Nevada Wolf Pack Betting Preview
The Runnin’ Rebels had no trouble getting past the New Mexico Lobos in their last outing, 99-78. With 11 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, Marvin Coleman led the way for UNLV with his zeroth triple-double of the year. UNLV dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 39.5 (above their season average of 37.0) and a turnover percentage of 10.8 (better than their season average of 18.7). For those same stats, New Mexico was 20.0 and 17.1, respectively.
The last time the Wolf Pack took the court, they were thoroughly outplayed by the No. 7 San Diego State Aztecs, 68-55. Jalen Harris was the game’s high scorer with 19 points on 7-for-16 shooting. San Diego State’s 32.4 offensive rebounding percentage was their largest strength over Nevada, who had a mark of 25.0. The Aztecs’ mark was above their season average of 30.8.
This is the first time these teams will battle this year. The Wolf Pack won both games played against each other last season. In the last matchup, Nevada won 89-73. The Wolf Pack played a nearly flawless game. They had a turnover percentage of 10.6 and a free throw rate of 0.200. The Runnin’ Rebels recorded marks of 19.8 and 0.127, respectively, for those same stats.
Nevada should be expected to protect the ball well in this contest. Nevada ranks 57th in the nation at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 17.3 percent), while UNLV forces the 93rd-fewest turnovers (18.4 percent). Moreover, the Runnin’ Rebels are among the NCAA’s best at getting to the line, ranking 60th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.263). The Wolf Pack, meanhwile, rank 293rd at keeping opponents off the charity stripe with an opponents’ FTA rate of 0.270.
UNLV at Nevada Prediction
Free Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Nevada, ATS Winner – Nevada, O/U – Under
The Wolf Pack average 14.5 assists per game, which ranks 69th in the country. The Runnin’ Rebels rank 173rd in assists allowed per game (13.6).
Nevada ranks 33rd in blocks allowed per game (2.6) while UNLV ranks 117th (3.6).
UNLV ranks 17th in rebounds allowed per game (30.6) while Nevada ranks 207th (36.8).
The Wolf Pack rank 59th in three pointers attempted per game (25.4) while the Runnin’ Rebels rank 223rd in three pointers allowed per game (24.4).
Nevada ranks seventh in steals allowed per game (4.5) while UNLV ranks 120th (6.6).
The Wolf Pack have been outscored by an average of 1.4 points in their last five games. On the season, Nevada has defeated opponents by an average of 2.9 points.
During their last five games, the Runnin’ Rebels have scored an average of 82.4 points per game (10.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 73.2 points per game (4.3 above their season average).