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March Madness Betting - Rebels Bounce off the Bubble

March Madness betting had the UNLV Rebels as a near lock with the March Madness betting line to make the “Big Dance” from the Mountain West Conference.

March Madness betting handicappers were stunned, however, when UNLV dropped three consecutive games both straight up and with the March Madness betting line February 10-17. The three game March Madness betting loss streak put UNLV’s status with the March Madness betting line from a lock to a “bubble” situation.

The Rebels rallied with a strong March Madness bet effort on February 20 as they clobbered Colorado State 70-39 as 14-point home chalks in a game in which they took out all of their March Madness betting frustrations on the hapless Rams.

It was an important March Madness betting statement by the Rebels as they hope it will serve as a springboard to a strong finish with their schedule heading into the Mountain West Conference Tournament.  UNLV would still be a solid March Madness betting commodity as they had a record of 20-7 straight up and 16-9 against the spread.

The Rebels have been an especially good March Madness betting value on the road with a mark of 8-3 against the board.  UNLV is one of the better balanced March Madness betting contenders as they rank in the upper quarter of the nation for both offense and defense.

UNLV has been nationally ranked for most of the season before that aforementioned three game skid.  Tre’Von Willis leads the March Madness betting attack for UNLV as he was averaging 18 points per game.  “We just have to make progress,” said head coach Lon Kruger.

“At this point, we dropped a couple in the middle of the season.  We have to learn from that and move on.”  The three losses in that bad stretch were against top teams in the Mountain West Conference; against New Mexico on February 10, at San Diego State on February 13, and at Utah on February 17.

ULNV will likely need a strong showing in the Mountain West Conference Tournament to make the Big Dance for 2010.