Utah State Aggies at UNLV Running Rebels
Utah State dropped their first conference game to Colorado State last week. Before that loss they had announced their presence with back to back victories of conference favorite San Diego State. The Aggies take care of business on both ends of the floor featuring one of the top defensive units in the Mountain West giving up just 55 points per game while holding opposing offenses to just 28% 3-pt shooitng.
UNLV has won four straight against sub-par competition. The four wins were against pitiful New Mexico (2), and two teams I would have to google twice to find out what division they are in St. Katherine and Benedict Mesa. The Rebes have been solid defensively this season with an Adj defensive efficiency ranking 127th according to Kenpom. The matchup with Utah State will be their biggest test in conference this season.
Utah State have a balanced offensive attack with five different players averagin over 10 ppg. They also bring a huge rebounding edge, ranking in the top twenty in rebounds per game with 41 per contest. Utah State will have free rain around the perimeter and have a force in the middle with Neemis Queta. The Aggies have defended the 3-pt shot all season, other than their loss to Colorado State they have not allowed a team to shoot over 32% from deep.
This game will be contested between two teams that are the top defensive squads in their conference. The difference is the Aggies have more balance and a much higher effective field goal percentage. The Aggies are a better team all around and should show it on Monday.
PIck of the day: Utah State Aggies -5.5