Las Vegas Hosts Three Key College Basketball Games Friday

By: Willie Bee | Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Cincinnati Bearcats
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Date:
11/23/2012 at 6:30 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Cincinnati -3, O/U 139
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Television: CBS Sports Network

Iowa State Cyclones: Action in the Global Sports Classic gets underway Friday when the Cyclones (4-0 straight-up, 0-0 against the spread) face Cincinnati at the Thomas & Mack Center. This will be the first lined affair for Iowa State, which moved to 4-0 with an 86-57 rout of North Carolina A&T on Tuesday, dominating the glass with a 52-28 rebounding edge.

Cincinnati Bearcats: Also putting on a rebounding clinic this year are the Bearcats (4-0 SU, 0-1 ATS), who rank first in the country with 53.5 boards per contest. Those numbers have come against a weak schedule, like Iowa State has played, and Coach Mick Cronin's crew is led so far by junior Sean Kilpatrick (19.5 points per game) on the offensive end while junior Justin Jackson (8.0 rebounds per game) is the top rebounder despite averaging just 17 minutes per contest.


Oregon Ducks at UNLV Rebels
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Date:
11/23/2012 at 9:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: UNLV -12, O/U 143½
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Television: CBS Sports Network

Oregon Ducks: Drawing the tournament hosts at the Global Sports Classic are the Ducks (4-0 SU, 2-2 ATS), who reach Sin City unbeaten and having covered their last two trips to the floor. Four players are scoring in double figures, paced by senior forward E.J. Singler (12.8 ppg), the younger brother of former Duke star Kyle Singler. Oregon was 7-7 last season away from home, eventually falling to Washington in the NIT quarterfinals.

UNLV Rebels: Everything sets up for the Runnin' Rebels (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS) to capture the tourney on their home floor, but Coach Dave Rice's squad will have to shake off a little rust with nearly a week off since their last game. UNLV comes in ranked 18th in both polls and features one of the nation's top freshmen in forward Anthony Bennett, who is averaging a team-high 17 points in the early going.


Creighton Bluejays vs. Wisconsin Badgers
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Date:
11/23/2012 at 10:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Wisconsin -2, O/U 129
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Television: ESPN2

Creighton Bluejays: Not all of the college hoops action this holiday weekend is taking place at the T&M. Over in the Orleans Arena, the Las Vegas Invitational is also getting underway on Friday, and the lineup includes one of the top mid-majors with the Bluejays (4-0 SU, 2-0 ATS) taking on a perennial Big Ten power in Wisconsin. Creighton is led by Player of the Year candidate Doug McDermott (16.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg) and Venezuelan center Gregory Echenique (11.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg).

Wisconsin Badgers: Coach Bo Ryan and the Badgers (3-1 SU, 1-1 ATS) were throttled by Florida a week ago but have since bounced back with wins over Cornell and Presbyterian in preparation for this tourney. Wisconsin was dealt a big blow before the season started when guard Josh Gasser was lost for the year with a knee injury, and the Badgers are still without Mike Bruesewitz being 100 percent following a nasty cut to his right leg in another preseason practice accident.

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