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Where: Thomas and Mack Center
When: Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 11:00 pm ET
We have a Mountain West matchup to consider when the San Jose State Spartans meet the UNLV Rebels for an evening of Mountain West college basketball. The Spartans are 2-4 in Mountain West play and are coming off an 81-70 home loss to Colorado State. UNLV is 4-1 in conference play and defeated Wyoming on the road in overtime in their latest contest.
San Jose Falls to Colorado StateSan Jose is 6-12 overall and 2-4 in conference play this season. The Spartans have won three of its last five games and Kenneth Pomeroy ranks the San Jose State offense at number 286 and the defense checks in as the 268 best in the country. San Jose is 1-5 away from home this season and Wednesday marks the first of two consecutive road games with New Mexico following the matchup with the Rebels.
The Spartans score an average of 68.3 points while allowing 77.3 points per game and is shooting 39.5 percent from the field, 29.8 percent from downtown and 68.4 percent from the charity stripe this season.
San Jose State has one player scoring in double figures and that is sophomore guard Seneca Knight. The sophomore guard scores an average of 13.7 points per game with 5.6 rebounds alongside 2.4 assists per game. Knight is drilling 27 percent of his triple attempts this season and is coming off a 21 point, eight carom performance in the Spartans home loss to Colorado State.
UNLV Overtime Victory Over Colorado StateUNLV is 4-1 in conference play and boasts a 9-9 overall record this season. The Rebels have won four of its last five games and Kenneth Pomeroy ranks the UNLV offense at number 131 with a defense ranked number 168 in the nation thus far this season. UNLV enjoys a two-game homestand with New Mexico coming to town on Saturday and the Rebels would love to start their homestand with a victory.
The Rebels score an average of 68.9 points per game and allow 67.4points per game this season. UNLV makes 42.3 percent of its field goal attempts, 31.3 percent of its triple tries and drops 70.2 percent of its free-throw attempts this season.
UNLV has four players scoring in double figures and is led by junior guard Amauri Hardy. Hardy scores an average of 14.8 points per game with 3.5 caroms alongside 3.3 assists per game. Hardy drains 33.9 percent of his triple tries and is coming off a foul-plagued, nine-point, six rebound and five assist night in the overtime road victory over Wyoming.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I will take the Rebels in this matchup. Neither team plays much defense but the Rebels are 7-4 this season at home and up against a San Jose State squad that is 1-5 this season away from home. The Rebels have one of the most experienced teams in the country with a better and deeper bench and the Spartans won’t be able to hang with UNLV on the road. I will take the Rebels to defeat the Spartans in this contest.
Full-Game Total Pick
My math has this one ending at 140 points and that seems to fall a little bit on the high side. Neither side is explosive enough on the offensive end to blow the other team out and the more experienced Rebels play at one of the slowest tempos in NCAA D1 hoops this season. San Jose plays very fast but the Rebels will walk the ball up the floor and make certain there aren’t enough possessions to exceed the total. I will play UNDER at 140 points and above in this matchup.