There isn’t any football and there’s only one NHL game on the schedule Monday, but there is plenty of basketball on the card in the NBA and NCAA. Three ranked teams are scheduled to take to the court on Monday. The highest ranked team in action is No. 12 Texas Tech. The Red Raiders are on the road in Morgantown for a showdown with the No. 14 West Virginia Mountaineers. No. 13 Virginia closely follows Texas Tech on Monday night, as they are gearing up for a date against the Syracuse Orange. Tomorrow will feature six ranked teams, with No. 6 Tennessee and No. 5 Texas both expected to play.
Nothing has changed at the top of the NCAA rankings. Gonzaga and Baylor continue to be the teams to beat in the country. Both squads continue to surge in the right direction, while Kansas is flopping. The Jayhawks have continually come up short against good teams. It might be time to just ignore them all together. I can’t see Kansas making much noise in March, but we’ll have to wait and see how that goes. Spoiler: Kansas is going to run into trouble when they are pressed into action against a highly ranked opponent.
Besides the two ranked matchups noted above, there isn’t a whole lot else going on Monday on the college hardwood. I am playing two college games today, which also includes Texas Southern and Mississippi Valley State. You can click on the link and check out what side we’re going with in that one in Mississippi. If you’ve been following the Delta Devils this season, you can probably guess the direction I’m going in for that contest. Hopefully it’s a day that brings two winners on the college hardwood.
The UNLV Runnin’ Rebels will wrap up their five-game homestand with a tall task against the Utah State Aggies. Utah State has been a decent team that might be able to sneak into the NCAA Tournament. They are certainly in the hunt for the Mountain West Championship. Utah State has gone 9-1 in the conference and 12-4 overall. In their most recent outing, the Aggies were 84-76 losers against Colorado State at home, this coming after a blowout win, 83-64, against the Rams. UNLV enters hot on a four-game winning streak. Head below for our free Utah State vs. UNLV pick on January 25, 2021.
Utah State Aggies vs. UNLV Runnin’ Rebels NCAA Betting Odds:
Utah State vs. UNLV Prediction:
Utah State were on a lengthy 11-game winning streak before they came up short against Colorado State on January 21. The Aggies took their eyes off the prize and slipped up for the first time since December 5. I will urge some caution when it comes to Utah State. Their only marquee win, and I don’t know if you want to call it that, is over San Diego State. They beat San Diego State twice in a back-to-back spot, 57-45 and 64-59.
The Aztecs have been alright this season, nothing special, so it’s hard to say how good the Aggies really are. Who else has Utah State really beaten that’s been impressive? Their other wins include victories against New Mexico, Air Force, San Jose State, Colorado State, and Northern Colorado.
That’s nice and all, but I want to see the Aggiest against Boise State, who looks like the class of the Mountain West. Utah State has scored an average of 75.8 points per game for 97th, while the defense has been strong with just 61.1 points against for 16th in the NCAA. They take on a UNLV team in Las Vegas that has been feeling really good recently.
UNLV has won four straight games, which includes 81 points per game and only 44.7 points against per game. While UNLV is 5-6, they’ve been competitive in their losses. The only loss that has gotten out of hand was a 78-51 loss against North Carolina on November 30.
In four losses since then, UNLV has lost by an average of 5.5 points per game. All of those games could easily have gone to the Runnin’ Rebels and they’d be much better than their record of 5-6 right now. UNLV has been solid defensively as well, with 66 points against per game for 75th in the NCAA.
They’ve been solid on offense, too, with 74.5 points per game. At home at the Thomas & Mack Center, UNLV has really been dangerous, having allowed just 54 points a game, and 80.4 points on offense per game. 6.5 points looks a bit too high to me.