Back the Away as Arizona hosts UNLV

Steven Suarez

Saturday, December 7, 2013 2:03 PM UTC

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 2:03 PM UTC

The Wildcats are favored by a huge margin for this game against the Rebels. If anyone can cover this large of a spread, it's them though. UNLV has also been know to put points on the board, can they cover their spread also? Let's take a look at the NCAA basketball odds and find the value pick.

Odds Overview

The NCAA basketball odds have Arizona favored by 16 points, with the Wildcats at 8-0 SU and 6-2 ATS and the Rebels at 3-3 SU and 2-3-1 ATS.

No total had been released at the sportsbooks at time of writing, but we can expect a really high number considering both these teams know how to put the ball in the basket.

UNLV Rebels

Anthony Bennett, Anthony Marshall and Mike Moser are gone and the Rebels are feeling the consequences of those absences so far this season.

They've already lost three times this season, falling short to Illinois, Arizona State and UC-Santa Barbara.

It's been one week since we last saw UNLV in action. They stomped Tennessee-Martin 85-55 at home, covering as 18-point favorites in the process. The Rebels shot 55.6 percent overall and out-rebounded their opponents 42-26.

Roscoe Smith was dominant inside, scoring 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting and adding 19 rebounds, one steal and one block. Khem Birch, Bryce Dejean-Jones, Kevin Olekaibe and Jelan Kendrick all scored in double figures as well.

Smith and Birch have been quite a handful for opposing teams in the front-court this season. The former is averaging 12.7 PPG and 16.2 RPG (he leads the team in rebounding) and Birch has been good for 11.0 PPG and 10.2 RPG.


Arizona Wildcats

What an amazing start for Sean Miller's team. They've still yet to lose this season and have already overcome challenges against Duke (72-66) and San Diego State (69-60). This is a team that seemingly has all the pieces to make the Final Four.

We saw another example of Arizona's dominance in their 79-58 home win over Texas Tech back on Tuesday. The Wildcats were at 50 percent overall from the floor and were 10-of-22 (45.5 percent) from beyond the arc. Unfortunately they really struggled (19-of-33) at the free throw line.

Aaron Gordon, the freshman sensation, came up with 19 points and eight rebounds, Brandon Ashley had 18 points and 10 boards and Nick Johnson hit four threes en route to 18 points. T.J. McConnell added 10 assists in the win.

As we mentioned, all of the pieces are in place for the Wildcats. They've got numerous guys who can score, the height inside and a true point guard who knows how to get everyone involved.

Johnson is averaging a team-best 17.1 points per game, while Gordon is putting up 13.0 PPG and 9.4 RPG (his free throw shooting has been horrific though). Four other Wildcats are averaging at least 8.8 points per game so far, making Arizona's balance something to be reckoned with.

College Basketball Pick

We're fully aware how good the Wildcats are looking this season and we realize they'll be at home, but this is too many points in our estimation.

There's no doubting Arizona's talent, yet UNLV isn't short in that department either. The Rebels have the length to contend with the Wildcats and that should at least keep them competitive in this evening's matchup. Smith and Bhirch simply have to step it up and make their presence known here.

A big test for both teams, but let's take the points as our NCAA basketball pick and side with UNLV to play some disciplined and tough basketball to stay within the number.

Pick: UNLV Rebels +16

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