The Colorado State Rams (14-6) will hit the road to take on the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (20-3) in a Mountain West Conference affair inside the Thomas & Mack Center Wednesday night.
Colorado State Rams at UNLV Runnin’ Rebels
Colorado State snapped a two-game losing streak with an impressive 77-60 victory over the San Diego State Aztecs as 1.5-point home underdogs, as the program seeks its first road win of the 2012 calendar year. The Rams dropped both games of their recent two-game road trip against the Wyoming Cowboys and New Mexico Lobos. The program is 2-5 away from Fort Collins this season and the defense is allowing 74.3 points per game in those contests. Colorado State is 8-6 ATS in February the last two-plus seasons.
The Rams will be looking for a second-straight victory over a ranked opponent for just the fourth time in school history. Colorado State leads the Mountain West in shooting 48.7 percent from the field, including a 41.9 percent mark from beyond the arc. The school will be looking for its first win over a ranked team on the road since a 78-67 victory over North Carolina on Dec. 29, 1989. The Rams tallied an impressive 78-63 win in their last trip to tonight’s venue on Jan. 19, 2011, but are still 5-27 all-time in games played in Las Vegas.
UNLV swept its two-game road trip by tallying overtime victories over the Boise State Broncos and Air Force Falcons, failing to cover as double-digit favorites in both contests. “We know we need to get better, but we’ve found ways to win two important games,” stated Runnin’ Rebels head coach Dave Rice. The Runnin’ Rebels are 12-0 at home for the first time since 1991-92, as they look to improve upon their 32-9 all-time record in this series. UNLV is 5-3 ATS as a home favorite of 12.5 or more points this season.
The Runnin’ Rebels have won their 12 home games inside tonight’s venue by an average of 23.8 points per game, as the offense is averaging 87.2 points per game in front of its home fans. UNLV has three players averaging double figures in scoring, with Mike Moser really establishing himself as the go-to guy last month. He scored a combined 45 points in two games last week and averaged 18.8 points and 14.5 rebounds in his past four games.
Bettors will likely back the Rams due to their 4-1 ATS mark as a road underdog of 13 or more points, while the Runnin’ Rebels are 1-4 ATS following a straight-up win.
Recommendation: Colorado State Rams +15
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