Jimmer Fredette and the BYU Cougars will play host to UNLV on Saturday as 7.5 point favorites in NCAA Basketball betting. Expect them to win by double digits!

The UNLV Runnin' Rebels have secured wins in three consecutive games, but nonetheless have failed to cover against the spread in four straight.

They took care of Utah 67-54 at home on Wednesday, but fell just short of the 14.5-point chalk they were handicapped on the NCAA basketball odds board.

Quintrell Thomas was all over the place for the victors, scoring 15 points on 5-of-14 shooting while also bringing down 16 rebounds. He added two blocks for good measure in the win.

That three-game winning streak will be put in serious jeopardy when the Rebels take the short trip to Provo to face off against the 21-2 Cougars.

BYU, currently tied with San Diego State for first place in the Mountain West, rebounded against Wyoming following a 77-86 loss at New Mexico last week.

In the 69-62 win over the Cowboys, Jimmer Fredette put up a game-high 26 points on 7-of-21 shooting while Brandon Davies was very efficient for the Cougars, posting 20 points (9-of-15 FG), nine rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

Force of Fredette

In the teams' first meeting earlier in the year, BYU pulled away for the 89-77 victory on the road. Fredette netted 39 points (including seven 3-pointers) and also logged six boards and five assists in the big conference W.

Will the Cougars be able to sweep the season series this weekend?

UNLV has been excellent defensively most of the season, ranking in the top 30 in both opposing PPG (61.1) and opposing field goal percentage (39.1).

But you've seen what Fredette is capable of and he's already torched the Rebels once this season.

Odds for Saturday's game have not been made available at time of writing, so it's a little difficult to pick a side here not knowing how much BYU will be favored by.

Nevertheless, the Cougars have won by an average margin of 24 points at home this season and although UNLV will no doubt put up a fight, I'll put my faith in Fredette to lead his crew to the important victory.

The Rebels have gone just 8-13 ATS this season (including 2-4 away from home) and I just don't think they'll be able to keep up offensively against a BYU squad that scores in bunches and has still yet to lose on their own floor.