New Mexico Lobos at UNLV Runnin Rebels – NCAAM January 18

New Mexico (4-7, 0-7)  at UNLV (3-6, 1-2)

Time: 6:30 PST – 8:30 CST – 9:30 EST
Place: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
TV: FS1

UNLV Holds Sizable Series Advantage

The Runnin’ Rebels pushed the series lead to 38-25 with Saturday night’s 77-54 besting of the Lobos. They are 22-11 vs. New Mexico at the Thomas & Mack Center and and have won the last five games in the series by an average of 14.8 ppg.

Vs. the Spread:

New Mexico:

  • The Lobos are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games
  • The UNDER has been the play in 5 of New Mexico’s last 6 games
  • The Lobos are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 vs. UNLV

UNLV:

  • The Runnin’ Rebels are 5-0 ATS in their last 5
  • The OVER has been the play in 9 of the last 13 UNLV-New Mexico matchups
  • UNLV is 8-1 ATS in it’s last 9 vs MW competition
Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
New Mexico +11½ (-110) +520 O 138 (-105)
UNLV -11½ (-110) -700 U 138 (-115)

Last Time Out:

UNLV rolled to a 77-54 win over New Mexico on Saturday night in the first game of the back-to-back. The Runnin’ Rebels held the Lobos to 33 percent from the field and 3-of-18 from three. Mbacke Xiong had a career high 20 points while Bryce Hamilton had 19 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. UNLV took a 22-7 lead in the first eight minutes and never relented as they led by over 20 points throughout the second half. Mkulach Maluach led the Lobos with 13 points.

Lobos’ Clipboard:

New Mexico LobosNew Mexico has had a tough season which was derailed by covid when the Lobos had to leave the state to practice and play due to the state of New Mexico’s covid protocol and procedures. The team has been practicing and playing it’s home games in Lubbock, Tex., at South Plains College so the disruption of being home has been a tough undertaking.

New Mexico’s overall attack has suffered as the Lobos has shot only 24.7 percent from three (345th) and 40.7 percent from inside the arc (342nd). Maluach is the leading scorer for the Lobos as he nets 13.5 points per night while leading the Lobos with 5.5 boards. Saquan Singleton isn’t a bad playmaker either (8.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.3 apg.) as he can get to the basket off the dribble, although he is like his teammates as New Mexico also struggles from the line at 61.9 percent.

Runnin’ Rebels Clipboard:

Coaches like Paul Weir at New Mexico or UNLV’s T.J. Otzelberger are having a tough time with rebuilds upon all the other challenges of the covid times. Bryce Hamilton (21.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg) is a big time player who is the focal point of what the Rebs like to do with Nick Blake now as the primary ball handler since Marvin Coleman is out for the season with a stress fracture in his right leg. David Jenkins (14.6 ppg, 37.3% – 3) and Caleb Grill (11.2 ppg, 38.1% -3) are two guards who can also score the ball and knock down threes. UNLV is not a solid team in guarding the three-point shot, but that will likely not come into play vs. the struggling Lobos.

Winner: UNLV (-11½) 73, New Mexico 57
O/U: Take UNDER 138½

The Bets
UNLV -11½
-110
UNDER 138
-115
Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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