756 Boise St. -8.0 vs 755 UNLV

Analysis: This is a good spot for Boise State to get healthy on several accounts. First there is the revenge angle for a January 27 87-77 loss at UNLV that followed a 6-2 start in Mountain West conference play. That loss was the start of a current 2-5 slide with the most recent game their 80-70 loss at New Mexico last Wednesday. Noteworthy about that loss is that Boise had a seemingly comfortable 76-61 lead with 6 minutes remaining in the contest. The Broncos have had nearly a full week to stew about blowing that big lead which has them tied for fourth in the conference but just a game out of second. They catch UNLV off of a draining overtime revenge win over arch rival Nevada Reno. The Rebels remain very shorthanded due to injuries and transfers and have barely enough scholarship athletes to field a starting lineup. With their next game on Saturday at tough San Diego State this becomes a vitally important game for Boise to win and considering how they lost to New Mexico I expect the Broncos to apply the pressure early and not ease up while also catching UNLV fatiguing in the second half.