The UNLV Rebels (12-8) will look to even their Mountain West record and remain in contention for the conference title when they host the Boise State Broncos (15-5) on Wednesday.
The Rebels are listed as four-point home favorites and will also try to improve to 4-1 under interim head coach Todd Simon, who replaced Dave Rice following a 59-57 loss to the Wyoming Cowboys as five-point road chalk on January 9.
Simon has led UNLV to all three of its wins in the Mountain West after the team started 0-3 under Rice, which prompted his dismissal. The Rebels had also covered the spread in three straight games with Simon at the helm—winning each of them by double digits—before falling 65-63 to the Nevada Wolf Pack as 5.5-point road favorites on Saturday.
UNLV held the Wolf Pack without a three-pointer on nine tries from beyond the arc but saw them sink 27 free throws, one fewer than the visitors attempted from the charity stripe.
Meanwhile, Boise State has just one loss in conference play and has beaten UNLV in the past three meetings, covering the last two along with four of six, according to the Odds Shark College Basketball Database.
The Broncos have won two in a row overall and 12 of 13 straight up following consecutive road losses to the Michigan State Spartans and Arizona Wildcats. They have also covered five of their past six after going 0-4-1 against the spread in their previous five.
Boise’s lone loss during that stretch (56-53) came at home as four-point home chalk against the San Diego State Aztecs, who stayed unbeaten in the MWC with a win Tuesday at Nevada.
Since that loss to San Diego State, the Broncos have averaged 87.5 points, defeating Wyoming and the San Jose State Spartans in a pair of games that finished over the total. The over is also 3-1 for totals bettors in the last four for the Rebels and 3-1 in the past four meetings between the teams.
UNLV has averaged a little more than 82 points in four games since Rice was fired, returning to the running style for which the team has been known.