Arizona is looking to run more offensively during the 2014-15 season, but that could leave the door open for UNLV to secure a ATS victory Tuesday night.
Arizona owns the nation’s longest active win streak in non-conference play at 39 games, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks, as it hits the road for a second consecutive contest after earning a 60-55 victory over UTEP as 5.5-point favorites last Friday.
The Wildcats are starting to come together offensively, as they’ve shot 52.9 percent from the floor over their last five games—increasing their season percentage to a mark of 50.7 percent that ranks seventh in the country.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the squad is 5-0 SU and 1-4 ATS versus Mountain West Conference opponents, with the UNDER going 3-1 in four opportunities.
UNLV is in the midst of playing three top-15 teams in a span of 16 days, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds, as it looks to bounce back from a 59-46 defeat to the Utah Utes as nine-point neutral-site underdogs.
The Runnin’ Rebels are still trying to figure things out under head coach Dave Rice, as they replaced all five starters from a year ago—a group that dropped a 63-58 decision to the Wildcats as 15.5-point road underdogs last season.
It’s important to point out that the program is 5-16 SU and 8-13 ATS as underdogs since the start of the 2012-13 campaign, with the UNDER going 11-10 in that situation.
The Wildcats are 38th in the country in averaging just 16.1 seconds per offensive possession, which signals that head coach Sean Miller is looking to push the basketball, especially with true freshman Stanley Johnson scoring in double figures in each of the team’s last 11 games.
Arizona still ranks sixth nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency, as it has played 57 straight games without allowing an opponent to reach the 80-point mark, while it has limited opponents to 2.0 fast-break points per game this year.
Johnson is going to receive most of the national attention in this matchup, but the Runnin’ Rebels have a talented first-year player in their starting lineup, with Rashad Vaughn leading the way at 17.3 points a contest.
UNLV is 11-7 SU all-time in this series, including a 7-1 mark when playing at home, which is why it’s important to keep an eye on the top scorer in the Mountain West.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Runnin’ Rebels as one of their top NCAAB picks, as the underdog is 3-1-1 in the last five meetings in this non-conference rivalry.
Free College Basketball Pick: UNLV Runnin’ Rebels +13 at Bookmaker