This Wednesday, there is an NCAAB matchup between the Texas State Bobcats and the UNLV Rebels. This will be the first meeting between these teams this season and it will take place at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Texas State Looks For First Road WinThe Texas State Bobcats have looked pretty good up to this point in the regular season. The Bobcats have three of their first five games of the season including a 15 home victory against Jackson State in their last game. In that game, Texas State's defense was great as it only allowed 58 points while forcing the opposition to shoot just 36.2% from the floor. However, Texas State has struggled on the road this season as it is currently winless through two road games. Now, Texas State will look for its first road win of the season against UNLV on Wednesday. If the Bobcats can continue to play lockdown defense in this game, they should be able to break the seal and move to a 4-2 record.
Leading the Bobcats offensively is senior guard Nijal Pearsonwho has been great so far this season. He is averaging a team-high 17.8 points per game along with 4.0 rebounds. In addition, he has also been efficient from downtown as he is shooting 40.0% from the three-point line. Now, Pearson will look to bounce back after scoring just 13 points in his last game.
Texas State's most underrated player is junior forward Isiah Small who has been extremely solid this season. He is averaging 9.4 points per game along with a team-high 8.8 rebounds in just 24.2 minutes of action. In addition, he also enters this game in great form as he scored a team-high 20 points on 85.7% shooting from the floor against Jackson State. Now, he will look to continue playing well in this game.
UNLV Looks To Get Back To .500The UNLV Mavericks have looked a bit underwhelming up to this point in the season. The Rebels have lost three of its first five games despite winning its last game against Abilene Christian by 14 points. In that game, UNLV's defense was great as it allowed just 58 points on just 37.3% shooting from the floor. However, Texas State is significantly better than Abilene Christian so one can expect UNLV's defense to struggle a bit more in this game. UNLV could easily be 4-1 instead of 2-3 if it managed to avoid consecutive overtime losses to Kansas State and California but that is in the past. Now, the Rebels will need to just take it one game at a time if they plan on getting back to a .500 record.
Leading the Rebels offensively is junior guard Amauri Hardywho has looked good this season. He is averaging a team-high 19.0 points per game along with 3.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists. In addition, Hardy is shooting 48.1% from the floor and 41.9% from the three-point line as he will look to continue shooting well on Wednesday. However, Hardy has struggled with his ball security up to this point as he is averaging 3.0 turnovers per game.
UNLV's most underrated player is junior center Cheikh Mbacke Diong who has looked great this season. He is currently averaging 7.2 points per game along with a team-high 10.6 rebounds. In addition, Diong has been elite defensively as he is leading the team with 2.2 blocks and 1.2 steals per game. Diong is the defensive anchor of this squad and he will need to stay out of foul trouble if UNLV plans on stopping Texas State's offense for all 40 minutes.
Trends found on Covers.com, are:
- Bobcats are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Wednesday games.
- Runnin' Rebels are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Runnin' Rebels are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win.