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College basketball point spread favors Rebels in battle with Cowboys

Wyoming CowboysUNLV Rebels
14-8February 08, 2014, 10:00 | Thomas & Mack Center15-8

Wyoming pays a visit to UNLV on Saturday, hoping to send the Rebels to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Thomas & Mack Center.

The Rebels are 15-8 so far on the season, and 14-9 ATS vs. the number. The Cowboys, meanwhile, are 14-8 and 12-6-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen UNLV go 11-11 and the Cowboys go 10-9 on the totals.

View Wyoming Cowboys vs UNLV Rebels Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, UNLV sat as -7-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Rebels sit at No. 47 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Cowboys sit at No. 155 on the same chart.

In their last action, Wyoming was a 66-61 loser on the road against New Mexico. They covered the 12-point spread as underdogs. Riley Grabau scored 12 points in a futile effort to lead the Cowboys to a win (they lost 66-61 to New Mexico at The Pit on Wednesday).

UNLV was a 75-57 loser in its last match on the road against Colorado State. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as underdogs. The Rebels endured a 75-57 loss at the hands of the Rams on Wednesday, despite a 15-point effort from Khem Birch at Moby Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and UNLV has the nation's No. 131-rated offensive output, at 72.13 PPG. The visiting Cowboys defense ranks No. 14 allowing on average 61 PPG. The Rebels FG% has averaged 43.5% so far, less than the Cowboys marksmen have achieved on the year, 48.86% per game.

A few Cowboys at Rebels trends to consider:
Wyoming is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Wyoming is 3-11 SU in its last 14 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Wyoming's last 5 games on the road
Wyoming is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing UNLV
UNLV is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of UNLV's last 6 games
UNLV is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of UNLV's last 8 games at home

Next up:
Wyoming home to San Diego State, Tuesday, February 11th
UNLV at Utah State, Saturday, February 15th