Most sports books monitored by the SportsOptions odds product have installed UNLV as a hefty 15-point home favorite for Wednesday night’s conference home game against Colorado State.
Colorado State (14-6 SU/9-8-1 ATS) is off a 77-60 home win over San Diego State on Saturday as 1½-point underdogs. Wes Eikmeier scored 19 points, leading Colorado State to an upset of 13th-ranked San Diego State.
Will Bell finished with 17 points and five rebounds, while Dorian Green had 12 points for the Rams, who snapped a two-game slide with the win.
Pierce Hornung had a big game on the boards for CSU, pulling down 13 rebounds to go with eight points. The Rams also snapped a nine-game losing streak to San Diego State.
The Rams went on a 17-4 run in the first half and took a 40-28 advantage into the break. Colorado State opened the second half with an 8-3 run to take a 17-point lead (48-31) with 13:30 to play. SDSU pulled within 12 with less than six minutes remaining, but the Aztecs didn’t get any closer.
Colorado State outscored SDSU 37-32 in the second half and held the Aztecs to just 9-of-33 (27.3 percent) over the final 20 minutes en route to the easy win. It was the first time that Colorado State knocked off a top-25 team at home since beating Purdue on Dec. 30, 2003.
Colorado State shot 49 percent from the floor (24-of-49) and 6-of-13 from downtown (46 percent), while Diego State connected on just 31.3 percent from the floor (20-of-64) and shot a dismal 3-of-21 from three-point range (14 percent). The Rams out-rebounded San Diego State, 40-30 and outscored the Aztecs in the paint, 24-18.
Eikmeier leads the team in scoring with 15.8 PPG, while Green (13.5 PPG) and Greg Smith (10.5 PPG) round out the double-digit scorers. Hornung, who has started just five of the 14 games in which he has appeared, leads the squad in rebounding (7.2 RPG) and is shooting a gaudy 72.6 percent from the floor.
UNLV (20-3 SU/9-10 ATS) prevailed over Air Force on Saturday in a 65-63 OT win as 10-point favorites. Mike Moser had 27 points and 12 rebounds as 11th-ranked UNLV won its second consecutive overtime road game.
Oscar Bellfield added 15 points and seven assists for UNLV, which was coming off a 77-72 OT win at Boise State last Wednesday. The Rebels, winners of four straight games, took a 24-13 lead midway through the opening half. However, Air Force responded with a 19-4 run that gave the Falcons a 32-28 lead with 2:26 remaining in the half. UNLV went into the break trailing 34-33.
UNLV trailed 56-51 with 3:33 remaining in the second half, but the Rebels fought back to force overtime. After Air Force canned a triple to tie the game at 61 with 2:59 to play in overtime, Bellfield responded with a three-pointer to make it 64-61, which was a lead the Rebels would not relinquish.
Air Force committed six of its 17 turnovers in overtime and only attempted one shot in the extra session. UNLV made just 8-of-26 from beyond the arc (30 percent), while shooting 42.9 percent from the field (24-of-56). The Rebels also struggled at the foul line (9-of-18), but they did hold a 35-29 edge on the glass.
Moser posted his 12th double-double of the season and his eighth in the last nine games. Moser leads the team in scoring (14.7 PPG) and rebounding, and his 11.7 boards per game ranks third in the nation. Stanback is producing 14.1 PPG,while connecting on 45.9 percent of his shots from downtown.
Anthony Marshall adds 11.8 PPG and dishes out 4.9 assists per game. Bellfield (9.1 PPG) has handed out 121 assists over 23 games and currently leads the team in that category (5.3 APG).
Colorado State and UNLV split the season series last year, with each team winning on the road. CSU won 78-63 in Vegas as 13-point dogs and UNLV returned the favor in Fort Collins with a 68-61 win as a one-point road chalk.
UNLV has had its way when hosting the Rams in recent times, going 8-2 ATS the last 10 meetings. However, the Rebels are just 6-14 ATS at home versus teams with a .400 or less road winning percentage and 1-4 ATS following a SU win.
CSU, coming off a huge home win, could be in for a letdown in this situation.