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How and what to watch for UNLV vs. Kansas State

The Runnin’ Rebels will try to snatch their first victory of the season on Saturday when they take on the Wildcats.

UNLV Rebels guard Amauri Hardy dribbles during the first half of a Mountain West Conference tournament game against the Boise State Broncos at Thomas and Mack Center.  Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The UNLV Rebels will be trying get their first win of the regular season when they play Kansas State Saturday at 8:00 p.m. ET in Manhattan, KS.

The Rebels (0-4) suffered a tough 77-73 loss earlier this week to the Davidson Wildcats in the Maui Invitational after being down 12 points at halftime. UNLV only had two players in double figures, with guard Bryce Hamilton scoring a game-high 27 points on 9-of-17 shooting from the field. Meanwhile, Davidson had four players in double figures, all coming from their starting lineup.

The Runnin’ Rebels did not a good job on the glass, getting out-rebounded 36-25 by the Wildcats and sending Davidson to the line 31 times. However UNLV only had eight turnovers, which played a major role in making a second-half push.

As for Kansas State (1-2), they barely defeated Missouri-Kansas City 62-58 on Monday for their first win this season. The Wildcats had three players score in double figures, with Nijel Pack and DaJuan Gordon posting 14 points a piece. K-State also shot the ball well from the field at 47.4 percent, comparison to the Roos who shot 44.9 percent. The Wildcats also shot 46.2 percent from three-point range and won the rebounding battle 31-21.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch UNLV vs. Kansas State on Saturday, December 5th at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN+, or you can stream it with the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: UNLV vs. Kansas State (-2)
Point Total: 136.5
Money line: UNLV (+112) vs. Kansas State (-134)

Betting Splits

UNLV: (22% of action, 18% of bets)
Kansas State: (78% of action, 82% of bets)

The Best Bet

UNLV is already going through a grind to start its season, and it won’t get much easier for the Rebels moving forward. The losses will continue when they head on the road to play Kansas State on Saturday night, and the Wildcats have their own issues as well. With a pair of struggling teams, let’s go with the home team to get the win especially early on in this season with everybody still trying to figure it out.

Pick: Kansas State -2

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