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UNLV at San Jose State
When and where: Feb. 29, 2020. Provident Credit Union Event Center, San Jose, CA, 5 p.m.
UNLV hopes to finish off the regular season with a win at San Jose State Saturday night that could propel them all the way into a second seed in the Mountain West Conference tournament depending on how a couple of other games shake out. The Rebels are 16-14 overall and 11-6 in conference play. The Spartans are 7-22 and 3-14.
Rebels riding four-game winning streak
UNLV has won four straight and needs to beat San Jose State and hope for losses from Nevada and Utah State to move all the way up into the second seed in the conference tournament.
In their most recent game, the Rebels beat Boise State, 76-66, in a game that wasn’t even that close.
Hamilton leads the Rebels in scoring with 15.7 points per game, while Cheikh Mbacke Diong pulls down 7.9 rebounds. Mitrou-Long dishes 3.3 assists.
The Rebels score a pedestrian 71.8 points per game, ranking 157th nationally. They give up 70.2 points per game (202nd).
Spartans have lost eight straight
San Jose State is playing out the string on the regular season, having lost eight straight. Their last win was Jan. 25 against Air Force.
Most recently, the Spartans were blown out at Utah State, 94-56, on Tuesday. The Spartans led 51-14 at the half.
Knight leads the Spartans with 16.8 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game. Brae Ivey averages 2.5 assists per game.
San Jose State scores 70.1 points per game, ranking 210th. They are even worse defensively, giving up 81.1 points per game (364th).
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
UNLv has been the hottest team in the Mountain West Conference over the past couple of weeks, with wins at No. 5 San Diego State and New Mexico and at home against Colorado State and Boise State. Not only have they won four straight against strong competition, they’ve covered the line in all four games as well, including an outright win as a 14.5 point dog against the Aztecs. The Spartans have failed to cover in two of their last three games, including getting 22.5 points against Utah State on Tuesday. The Rebels are hot, the Spartans are not.
Full-Game Total Pick
Even taking into consideration their upset win over San Diego State, UNLV is still a pretty bad road team at 4-7 on the season. That won’t cause them to lose the game, but it may keep the score down some. UNLV’s most recent game (at home) went over the total, but their previous three games went under. The Spartans have trouble scoring either at home or on the road. In their last three games, two have gone under the total and the third was a push.