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It’s a matchup of teams from the Mountain West Conference on the hardwood in the Equality State. The #7 Nevada Wolf Pack is on the road as they make the trip to face the Wyoming Cowboys Saturday night. Nevada crushed New Mexico 91-62 at home in their previous game last Saturday. Wyoming was knocked off 76-59 on the road by Utah State in their last contest Wednesday night. The Cowboys own a 9-5 edge in the all-time series between the teams, including a 104-103 double overtime home win in the last matchup on January 24, 2018.
Nevada Wolf Pack Seeking 10th Straight Victory
Nevada avenged their lone loss of the season and ran their win streak to nine games as they routed New Mexico at home. The Wolf Pack enters this one 10-1 in the Mountain West, standing 1.5 games ahead of Utah State and Fresno State in the conference. Nevada was up 25-4 midway through the first half and didn’t look back. The Wolf Pack held a 25-point lead at the half and didn’t see their edge drop below 24 in the second half of the game. Nevada shot 50 percent from the field, including six of 20 three-point attempts, and controlled the boards 49-35. Trey Porter (nine rebounds) and Caleb Martin each had 20 points to lead the Wolf Pack in the win.
— Nevada Basketball (@NevadaHoops) February 10, 2019
The Wolf Pack is putting up a hefty 82.5 points per game so far this season. Nevada grabs 37.7 rebounds per game and dishes out 15.7 assists a night on the year. The Wolf Pack is above average on the defensive end of the floor as they are 57th by allowing 66.6 points per game. Caleb Martin, who puts up 19.3 points and five rebounds per game, is leading the team in scoring. Jordan Caroline puts up 19 points and 10 rebounds a night, Jazz Johnson chips in 11.3 points and Cody Martin adds 11.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists a night. Tre’Shawn Thurman, Trey Porter, Jordan Brown and Corey Henson all put up at least 3.4 points a night. Nevada shoots 46.8 percent from the field as a team this season. The Wolf Pack knock down 8.8 three pointers a game while shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc. Nevada is average at the charity stripe, knocking down 73.2 percent this season.
Wyoming Cowboys Look to Spring Upset Win
Wyoming lost for the ninth time in their last 11 games as they were drubbed by Utah State in their last contest. The Cowboys enter this one 10th in the 11 team Mountain West with a 2-9 conference mark. Wyoming was tied at the half and held a 47-44 edge with 13:21 to play in the game before things went sour. The Cowboys were outscored 32-12 the rest of the way to take the loss. Wyoming shot 42.9 percent from the field, including eight of 20 from three-point range, and lost the rebounding battle 35-24. Justin James was the lone player in double figures for the Cowboys as he has 26 points in the loss.
#TBT On Jan. 24, 2018, we took down No. 23 Nevada in a double overtime thriller, 104-103, led by 33 points from Justin James.
— Wyoming Cowboy Basketball (@wyo_mbb) February 14, 2019
The Cowboys put up an average of 66 points per game this season. Wyoming collects 30.8 rebounds per contest while dishing out only 9.9 assists per game. The Cowboys are below average on the defensive end as they are 261st in scoring defense by allowing 75 points a night. Justin James leads the team with 20.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists a night. Hunter Maldonado (13.8 points, 6.8 rebounds), Jake Hendricks (11.3 points) and Hunter Thompson (10.7 points) all are averaging in double figures. Trace Young, Trevon Taylor, Nyaires Redding, A.J. Banks and Jordan Naughton each average at least 4.2 points per game. Wyoming shoots 42 percent from the field as a team this season. The Cowboys knock down an average of 7.6 triples a night while shooting 35.9 percent as a team from beyond the arc. Wyoming is shooting 72.3 percent from the charity stripe as a team on the year. Maldonado is expected to be done for the season with a back injury while Redding is suspended indefinitely.
- Cowboys are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games
- Cowboys are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600
- Wolf Pack are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game
- Wolf Pack are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win
- Wolf Pack are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Wyoming is tougher at home (5-7) than they are on the road (0-9) or on neutral floors (1-2) this season. The problem for the Cowboys is that they are facing an explosive, experienced Nevada team that has been rolling over teams this season. During the Wolf Pack’s nine game win streak, only one win (a 72-71 win at Boise State) was decided by less than 10 points. Nevada is cruising and Wyoming has a miserable 6-18 mark. The Wolf Pack wins this one convincingly as their talent carves up the Cowboys’ defense.
Prediction: Nevada Wolf Pack -21
Full-Game Total Pick
Nevada is an explosive offensive attack this season and that’s made life miserable for opposing teams. The Wolf Pack is 21st in the nation in scoring offense and 71st in field goal percentage defense. Rebounding is going to be a major issue for the Cowboys here as the Wolf Pack is 37th in the nation while Wyoming is 342nd in the nation in that department. Nevada is 57th in scoring defense, 35th in field goal percentage defense (40.4 percent) and 64th in three-point percentage defense (31.7 percent) this season. Can Wyoming find a way to slow Nevada’s attack and steal one at home?
The over is 4-1 in the Wolf Pack’s last 5 overall, 4-1 in their last 5 games following a straight up win, 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Mountain West foes and 4-1 in their last 5 games following an ATS win. Wyoming has seen the over go 4-0 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600, 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 21-6 in their last 27 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The over is 7-1 in the last eight meetings between the teams and 5-1 in the last six meetings in Wyoming. This one ends up over the total.
Prediction: Over 143.5