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#645 Wyoming vs.
#646 Nevada
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 10:00pm EST
Written by David Hess



#645 University of Wyoming
#646 University of Nevada Reno


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College hoops action within the Mountain West Conference and we will see the Wyoming Cowboys grapple with the Nevada Wolf Pack at Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nevada. These teams met just once last year and Nevada won that game on the road by a score of 82-49. The Cowboys enter this game at 5-13 overall, including 0-6 within the MWC while the Wolf Pack are 10-7 overall and 3-2 in league play.

It Has Been A Miserable Start For The Cowpokes

The Wyoming Cowboys have had a very rough start to their season as they enter this game at 5-13 overall and 0-6 in league play. The offense has been a mess overall as they have averaged just 60.4 ppg on the year and it hasn't been a whole lot better in league play as the Cowboys have averaged just 63 ppg against their MWC counterparts. The defense did play very well in their non-league games, but against league opponents, the Cowboys have allowed 75.3 ppg. In their last game, Wyoming lost 78-69 to UNLV in OT at home. They were outscored 15-6 in the extra session. The cowboys shot 33% from the field overall, including 30% (10/33) from long range, plus they missed 13 free throws. That was the killer. Leading their attack was Kwane Marble II, who had 19 points while Jake Hendricks had 18. The defense was not horrible as the Rebels shot just 39% from the field overall, including 34% (11/32) from long range. Can the Cowboys breakthrough with their first league win of the year.

Wyoming enters this game ranked 344th in the nation in scoring at 60.4 ppg, 312th in field goal percentage at 40.8%, 267th in three-point shooting at 31.6% and 185th in free-throw shooting at 69.8%. On the defensive end of the floor, they are ranked 137th in points allowed at 67.1 ppg, 188th in defensive FG% at 42.5% and 147th in three-point defense at 32.2%.

Nevada Looks to End Two-Game Slide

The Nevada Wolf Pack are off to a nice 10-7 start to the year which includes a 3-2 mark in league play. Still, they will be looking to end a mini two-game slide in this one. They have a good chance at doing so as the Cowboys have clearly been the worst team in the Mountain West Conference so far. Both of those losses were on the road and this one will be played at home where Nevada has gone 8-2 on the year. The defense was their issue in the last two games as they allowed 75 ppg in those contests but the defense should not be a problem in this one against the offensively challenged Cowboys. In their last game, the Wolf Pack lost to Utah State by a score of 80-70 and the Aggies shot 46% from the field overall but they did shoot just 29% (7/24) from long range. The Wolf Pack shot just 39% from the floor overall but they were 10/23 (43%) from long range. Their three-point shooting just wasn't enough. Leading the offense was Jalen Harris, who poured in 31 points while Jazz Johnson had 18.

Nevada enters this game ranked 97th in the nation in scoring at 75.3 ppg, 154th in field goal percentage at 44.1%, 11th in three-point shooting at 38.9% and 86th in free-throw shooting at 73.1%. On the defensive end of the floor, they are ranked 232nd in points allowed at 71.3 ppg, 70th in defensive FG% at 39.8% and 6th in three-point defense at 26.3%.

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I will go with the Wolf Pack in this one. This is a hefty line and the Cowboys have been outscored by just 12.3 ppg in league play but still, Nevada is the far better team in this one. The Wolf Pack are 8-2 at home this year and they have won their last 14 league home games. The big difference in this game will be at the offensive end of the floor. the Cowboys have been one of the worst offensive teams in the nation, putting up just 60.4 ppg overall while on the road they have averaged just 53.2 ppg.  They will not come up with nearly enough points to cover this game, especially since the Wolf Pack have averaged a healthy 78.9 ppg at home. Nevada is 5-1 ATS in their last six home games and that seals the deal for me.

Prediction: Nevada -15

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I love the Under in this one. the Wolf Pack will get their fair share of points in this one as they have a solid offense but the Cowboys have allowed just 66.7 ppg on the road for the year. The big reason for taking the Under in this one is the Wyoming offense, which has been among the worst in the nation. The Cowboys have averaged just 60.4 ppg overall, including 53.2 ppg on the road. Nevada plays at a pace that ranks 81st in the nation but Wyoming's pace of play ranks 329th in the land. They will not run with the Pack in this one. In the end, it just comes down to the fact that we will not see more than 55 points from Wyoming and not more than 73 from Nevada. The Under is 5-1 in Wyoming's last six road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 4-1 in Nevada's last five games overall.

Prediction: Under 132.5

Written By David Hess

David has always had a fascination with numbers and sports, so he combined the two to become a handicapper and a writer for us here at Winners & Whiners, along with StatSalt. All the information that David puts in his articles are well-researched and his predictions are well-thought out. He is a big fan of all the major pro sports and the colleges making David a very versatile and a constantly winning handicapper. David has been writing for the past 10 years and has been handicapping for over 20 years. He will help you beat the Man, so be sure and follow along.