College Basketball Betting Free Pick: UNLV Rebels at Boise State Broncos
FREE PICK: UNLV Rebels at Boise State Broncos
#842 UNDER 147 (Wednesday, February 6 @ 11 pm EST)
At its core, Boise State is a team predicated on grinding out victories. The Broncos had a recent five-game stretch that produced game scores of 143, 116, 134, 129, and 138. It was a road trip to league power house that distrusted that trend of lower scoring games as the Wolf Pack jumped out early and dragged Boise along en route to a 93-73 win. Tonight, on their home court where they’ve surrendered an average of 62.6 ppg, the Broncos are poised for a much better defensive showing.
After a 5-1 start to MWC play UNLV has dropped three straight — all of which in blowout fashion. This quote from the school’s athletic director offers a pretty good temperature gauge of Marvin Menzies’ hot seat: “The program is doing some very good things academically and in the community,” Reed-Francois said in a text message. Menzies has been playing musical chairs with his lineups trying to find something that sticks. He recently tried to go small but with little resistance in the paint, San Diego State, Nevada, and Utah State carved the Rebels up to the tune of 87.6 ppg. It sounds as if 6-11 shot blocker Cheikh Mbacke Diong will see more playing time. He recently missed four games but played 28 minutes and swatted four shots in Saturday’s loss to USU.
Should be a competitive environment with both squads needing victories to stay in the upper-half of the MWC standings. Look for Boise to keep the pace moderate enough for bettors to cash a ticket on the under.