The Wyoming Cowboys (8-3, 1-0 MWC), 11.5-point underdogs, will be at Lawlor Events Center to challenge the Nevada Wolf Pack (13-3, 2-0 MWC) in a MWC matchup. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 153 points and it can be seen on CBS Sports Network at 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.
Wyoming Cowboys vs. Nevada Wolf Pack Betting Odds
Both teams were triumphant in their last game. The Wolf Pack won a close one over the New Mexico Lobos 77-74, while the Cowboys were victorious over the San Diego State Aztecs 82-69.
Wyoming played a nearly flawless game. They had a great free throw rate of 0.271 (above their season average of 0.268) and a turnover percentage of 13.8 (better than their season average of 15.8). For those same stats, San Diego State was 0.164 and 17.2, respectively. The Wolf Pack, meanwhile, had a fantastically low turnover percentage of 6.7 (better than their season average of 14.0) and had a free throw rate of 0.333 (above their season average of 0.283). Nevada’s Jordan Caroline led the way, contributing 21 points and 10 rebounds. Meanwhile, Wyoming was lifted by Hayden Dalton, who put up 36 points, 15 rebounds and five assists.
Nevada figures to have the advantage on the offensive side of the ball. The Wolf Pack currently rank 24th in offensive efficiency, while Wyoming ranks 136th in defensive efficiency.
Vegas is extremely accurate when setting the total of Cowboys games, with an even split between overs and unders. Wyoming has an excellent 8-3 straight up (SU) record, but they have difficulty covering the spread (5-7 against the spread (ATS)).
Vegas is known to place the total low when the Wolf Pack are involved, as nine of their 12 games have ended over the total. Moreover, Nevada is 13-3 SU and 9-5-1 ATS.
Caleb Martin has been playing at a high level as of late for Nevada, averaging 16.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals over the last five games.
The Wolf Pack won the lone contest between these two teams last season, 89-74. Nevada out-rebounded Wyoming. The Wolf Pack had more offensive rebounds (13 vs. eight), defensive rebounds (36 vs. 28) and total rebounds (49 vs. 36). This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.
Wyoming Cowboys at Nevada Wolf Pack Betting Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Nevada, ATS Winner – Nevada, O/U – Over
Nevada ranks 96th in rebounds allowed per game (34.0) while Wyoming ranks 233rd (39.2).
The Wolf Pack average 16.9 assists per game, which ranks 38th in the nation. The Cowboys rank 96th in assists allowed per game (12.7).
Wyoming is 13th in the NCAA with 2.2 blocks allowed per game while Nevada is 38th with 2.7 blocks allowed per game.
The Cowboys average 26.0 three pointers per game, which ranks 46th in the nation. The Wolf Pack rank 145th in three pointers allowed per game (22.3).
Nevada ranks ninth in steals allowed per game (4.4) while Wyoming ranks 72nd (5.9).
Nevada is 4-2 ATS at home, while Wyoming is 3-3 ATS on the road.
The total has gone under in 5 of the Cowboys’ 6 road games, while 4 of the Wolf Pack’s 6 home games have gone over.
The Cowboys are 2-2 ATS over their last five games, while the Wolf Pack are 2-3.
In their last five games, Wyoming has 4 overs, while Nevada has 3 unders and 2 overs.
During their last five games, the Cowboys have scored an average of 83.4 points per game (2.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 77.2 points per game (0.5 above their season average).
The Wolf Pack’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 10.6, down from 12.6 for the season.