Colorado vs UNLV 2012 NCAA Bracket Predictions: The UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (26-8), of the Mountain West Conference, have been selected as a No. 6 seed and will play 11-seed Colorado (23-11) in the second round of the 2012 Men’s NCAA Tournament at the Pitt in Albuquerque, N.M. The game is scheduled to begin at approximately 10 p.m. Eastern; 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Baylor-South Dakota State game and will be televised on truTV.
Odds makers at online sports book SBGglobal.com list the Runnin’ Rebels as 5 1/2-chalk favorites versus Colorado with a combined score total of 136. Buffs’ backers are getting +205 College Basketball Odds on the off shore money line while the price of a SU wager on UNLV is -255 ($255 wager to win $100).
The Buffaloes had a remarkable four-day run in the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament in Los Angeles that ended with Colorado winning the championship in its first year in the league. Colorado hasn’t been to the Big Dande since 2003 and is only making its third appearance since 1970. Of course, UNLV’s Runnin’ Rebels – NCAA regulars in the last three tournaments and five of the past six – will have some say in Colorado’s weekend itinerary, too.
For UNLV to win they need to run and one thing Colorado does well is disrupt tempo. UNLV also likes the long ball and averages 23 three-point shots per game, hitting on 37 percent of those. The Buffaloes did well protecting the ball in L.A and will need to continue that and create turnovers.
If Colorado maintains its momentum from the Pac-12 tournament, they can win this game SU and are a great pick to cover +5 1/2. My Pick – Colorado +5 1/2.
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