UNLV basketball:

Rebels open as a 9.5-point favorite against No. 13 San Diego State

No. 14 UNLV has opened as a 9.5-point favorite against No. 13 San Diego State for its 1 p.m. home game Saturday. The game has been sold out since Thursday and will be televised on NBC Sports Network (Cox cable channel 38).

Bookmakers are ignoring the Aztecs’ six consecutive victories in the series and nine out of the last 10, and focusing more on the Rebels’ dominance at home. The over/under is at 142.5.

On Jan. 14 in San Diego, the Rebels closed as 3.5-point favorites and lost to the Aztecs 69-67. The total for that game was 146.

UNLV is 0-5 ATS as a road favorite, but at home the Rebels have covered their last five games, starting with Dec. 23 against California.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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