College Basketball Odds & Betting Picks for Thursday: Boise State-UNLV, Illinois-Ohio State (March 5)

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  • Updated odds for Boise State-UNLV list the Runnin' Rebels as a slight favorite over the Broncos in the Mountain West Conference tournament (5 p.m. ET, CBSSN).
  • Mike Spector is looking at that game, plus Ohio State vs. Illinois later in the night.
  • Get our Illinois-Ohio State pick below.

What an exciting time it is if you are a fan of college basketball. With conference tournaments underway, games will start popping up all day. In addition, the regular season is nearing its end in major conferences as teams jockey for tournament seeding.

Thursday brings us the perfect balance of early mid-major conference tournament games and late-night major conference battles. 

In the Mountain West, No. 5 seed Boise State takes on No. 4 seed UNLV in a quarterfinal matchup.

In the Big Ten, two of the top seven teams clash as Illinois heads to Columbus in search of a huge road win against Ohio State. 

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Boise State vs. UNLV

  • Spread: UNLV -3
  • Over/Under: 141
  • Time: 5 p.m. ET
  • TV: CBS Sports Network

Boise State (19-11, 17-11 ATS) limped to a 3-3 finish to the regular season and now meet UNLV for the second time in as many games. The Broncos have not played since losing at UNLV 76-66 eight days ago. 

UNLV (17-14, 17-14 ATS) caught fire down the stretch. The Rebels won six of their last seven games following a brief four-game skid. The biggest win in this span was handing San Diego State its only loss of the season.

The Rebels are first in the Mountain West in offensive rebounding percentage (32.2%) per KenPom. Though they play at one of the slowest tempos in the country (ranked 263rd in avg. possession length), they are a respectable 65th in adjusted offensive efficiency.

Boise State will look to challenge UNLV with its defense. The Broncos rank second in the conference in both turnover percentage (19.5%) and offensive rebounding percentage allowed (21.4%). 

For the Broncos to have success in their third meeting against UNLV, they need to continue to limit the Rebels’ three-point shooting.

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