Las Vegas is the site of two big college basketball tournaments this weekend, including the Global Sports Classic. With UNLV hosting the affair, the Rebels are clear-cut favorites against the likes of Oregon, Iowa State and Cincinnati. See our NCAA Basketball picks.

Sin City is the epicenter of post-Thanksgiving college hoops betting. Not only is there plenty of action going on elsewhere but two tournaments also tip in Las Vegas on Friday. 

Anthony BennettIn a perfect world, the champions of the two tournaments taking place in Vegas this weekend would meet on Sunday or Monday. But this isn't a perfect world, and our focus the next couple of days is on the Global Sports Classic taking place at the Thomas & Mack Center, home of the UNLV Rebels. 

Did I mention the Rebels are also in this tournament? If not, that is indeed something to file away for your wagering consideration.  UNLV will be joined by Iowa State, Cincinnati and Oregon for the event, and is expected to emerge victorious. Ah, but those spreads and totals are where we're really concerned. 

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Cincinnati Bearcats - 6:30 PM (ET)

The very first thing to mention about this pairing is the Cyclones and Bearcats are a combined 8-0 on the young season, but played just one lined game between them...and Cincinnati failed to cash in that contest. Both teams have probably faced stiffer defense in practice, and the squad that makes the quickest adjustment to the uptick in competition obviously has the first advantage. 

A quick check of SBR odds shows the Bearcats at -3.5 to -4 with 142 for the total. 

Next on the agenda is checking out common opponents as Iowa State and Cincinnati each faced Campbell and North Carolina A&T to begin this tourney. Neither the Cyclones nor 'Cats met much resistance, with ISU winning by 20 and 21 points while Cincy enjoyed 19 and 54 point margins of victory, respectively. If there had been spreads in those games, the Cyclones and Bearcats would've gone 1-3 ATS. 

One result of the easy lead-in schedules for this matchup is the Big 12 and Big East reps have some gaudy rebounding figures. Cincinnati ranks first in the country, averaging 53.5 swipes of the glass, while Iowa State is third in the land (49.0 rpg). Those bloated numbers against weak competition are definitely something college basketball bettors will want to keep in mind as each team moves into tougher games on their schedules. 

To be quite honest, all of their stats are fattened up, and the two guys I want to focus on in this game are Iowa State's Melvin Ejim and Cincinnati's Justin Jackson, both junior forwards. Ejim has been a pretty consistent the past two years for the Cyclones, who have a lunch-pail crew in the frontcourt, where Ejim is joined by Percy Gibson, Georges Niang and Anthony Booker. Jackson is averaging only 17 minutes per game so far, 6th-most in the rotation, and leads Mick Cronin's 'Cats with eight boards a night. He's a pretty solid defender, but needs to control his play on the offensive end to become a bigger part of that half of the court.

Oregon Ducks vs. UNLV Rebels - 9:00 PM (ET)

Dave Rice's Rebels have gotten only a couple of games under their belt so far, but we did at least catch 'em last Saturday when they took on Jacksonville State as part of a twin-pack of SBR previews and picks. We got a bit fortunate catching UNLV on the opening -19 spread to push the ultimate 77-58 final that closed in the 20-20.5 range. 

UNLV is an 11.5-point favorite with 145.5 on the scoreboard watch. 

Oregon should at least be ready to jolt the Rebels back into reality. The Ducks come in with a 4-0 record, each one against an opponent strong enough to draw a line (2-2 ATS). Dana Altman has done a pretty good job getting this squad to 4-0, considering he lost three of his top four players from a year ago when Oregon went to the NIT quarters. 

The biggest change from last year's Ducks to this year's is the contributions will shift from the outside to the inside. Oregon has three experienced players in the frontcourt, led by EJ Singler (12.8 ppg) and augmented by Tony Woods and Carlos Emory. 

They will need some excellent play inside to upset this UNLV squad. The Rebels come in ranked 18th in both polls, and have a very deep and talented squad. That includes one of the nation's top freshmen in Anthony Bennett, who has not found the college game too difficult with 17.0 points per game, eight boards and 2½ blocks. 

Mike Moser hasn't even warmed up yet, and he's averaging a double-double playing 28 minutes per game (10.5 ppg & rpg). Bennett could be a one-&-done, Moser is another potential NBA Draft pick next June as a junior, and senior point guard Anthony Marshall might complete a draft trifecta for the Rebels. 

My picks: ISU/CIN Under 142 and UNLV -11.5 at 5Dimes