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UNLV Rebels host Chicago State Cougars in college basketball action

Chicago State CougarsUNLV Rebels
Jan 3, 10:00 PM | Thomas & Mack Center

Chicago State Cougars vs UNLV Rebels Odds

4-12TEAM RECORD11-2

The UNLV Rebels host Chicago State on Thursday, looking to build on their 11-2 mark against the 4-12 Cougars in college hoops action at Thomas & Mack Center.

The Rebels sit at 11-2 (6-6 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Cougars are currently 4-12 (1-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? UNLV is 3-6 OU, and Chicago State is 1-1 OU.

View Chicago State vs UNLV Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Rebels installed as 32-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 4 (Rebels) and the No. 300 (Cougars) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 84-60 result in favor of the Rebels has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features UNLV's No. 25-ranked scoring average of 78.8 PPG, against a Cougars defense rated No. 294 and allowing 72.8 PPG. The Rebels FG% has averaged 45.3% to date this season, more than the Cougars shooters have managed so far (39.7% per game).

Defensively, Chicago State features the nation's No. 282-rated defense on the road, allowing 76.5 points per game. UNLV, meanwhile, comes in at No. 28 nationally in scoring at home.

Chicago State was a 58-53 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Toledo. Chicago State got 19 points from Jamere Dismukes en route to a 58-53 victory over Toledo on Monday at Savage Arena.

UNLV lost its last outing, a 79-73 result against North Carolina on December 29. They failed to cover in that game as a 2-point underdog. Anthony Bennett scored 15 points in a futile effort to lead the Rebels to a win (they lost 79-73 to North Carolina at Dean Smith Center on Saturday).

UNLV Rebels Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing CS Bakersfield are 1-0
After playing North Carolina are 2-0
After a loss are 7-3

A few Cougars at Rebels trends to consider:
UNLV is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
UNLV is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games

Next up:
Chicago State at NJIT, Saturday, January 12
UNLV home to CS Bakersfield, Saturday, January 5