Sports Player of the Weekend: Good news, bad news about the UNLV Rebels soccer program

ANNOUNCEMENT




ANNOUNCEMENT


By Dan Behringer, Sports Betting Writer at LVSportsBiz.com

If you’ve been following UNLV football this season, there’s good news and bad.

The good news is that the team is 7-3 against the spread.

The bad news is they’re 4-6 and on a five-game losing streak.

But with two games to go, the Rebels can still become bowl eligible by winning their two remaining games against Hawaii and UNR. To put it another way (by dialing 1-800 SPORTS CLICKS), they control their own destiny.

The first is Hawaii. The Rebels are 10.5-point favorites going into Saturday’s game in Hawaii. The total dropped from 59 to 55.5.

Ironically, the Rainbow Warriors (2-8) are also struggling in the win/loss column but are 7-3 ATS.

“(The end of the season) means something for the first time in a long time,” head coach Marcus Arroyo told the Las Vegas review magazine. “It is exciting.”

We’ll find out how exciting it is after kick-off at Aloha Stadium at 8pm

Somewhere else:

— Watch out for the Runnin’ Rebels: The UNLV Runnin’ Rebels basketball program is turning some heads after upsetting #21 Dayton, 60-52, on Tuesday.

“I couldn’t be more proud of them,” UNLV head coach Kevin Kruger later said.

The Rebels (3-0, 1-2 ATS) host High Point on Friday at Thomas & Mack. The Panthers are also 3-0. They covered the only game that had a punt line, a 91-80 win over Wofford in which they were -2.5 favorites.

UNLV is -12.5 for the game with the total at 139.5.

Tipoff is at 7pm

– The truth at Mile High: The Las Vegas Raiders (2-7), whose season has slowly turned upside down as a less glamorous version of the Titanic, will next face the Denver Broncos, who at 3-6 are also in the lower leagues of the NFL.

The Broncos are a 2.5-point favorite with a 41.5 total for the game at Denver’s Empower Field at Mile High with Raiders first-year head coach Josh McDaniels squarely in the crosshairs of the discussion.

“People in today’s world want instant gratification. The boy coached nine games. We’re 2-7, not the results we’re looking for, but at the same time we’ve lost six games by one point with the ball and a chance to win at the end,” owner Mark Davis told ESPN.

Raiders owner Mark Davis and wide receiver Mack Hollins.

Let’s just say Sunday’s game lacks playoff drama. The two teams’ combined record is 5-13. The Raiders have not won on the road in five games. At Covers.com, 56 percent of betting interest is on the Broncos.

Kick-off, for those brave enough to watch, is at 1.05pm

— Back on the road: The Vegas Golden Knights rebounded from losses to the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks with a 4-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes Thursday night in which they were heavy favorites in the -405 range.

“We had them work hard to get into the zone … expending some energy and some time to prepare,” Las Vegas coach Bruce Cassidy told the Associated Press.

The Golden Knights are now back on the road with a game at the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. No lines on the game yet, but we’ll make the Knights (14-4) around a -150 favorite against the Oilers (9-8) with around 6 totals.

Disc delivery is at 7pm

– Snow day: Oddsmakers aren’t expecting much offense in Saturday’s college football game between Iowa and Minnesota. The total is 32.5. A 13mph wind is expected and snow is possible.

— Play of the Week (8-3): We improved our record to 8-3 on the season when Auburn, -1.5, defeated Texas A&M, 13-10 last weekend. This weekend we play Oklahoma State in Oklahoma over 66.5.


Dan Behringer is a longtime Las Vegan. Follow the posts on doublegutshot.com. On Twitter, @DanBehringer221.

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