Las Vegas took one step closer Friday to landing major college postseason events such as the Final Four men’s basketball tournament and the College Football Playoff National Championship.
Ten of the teams in the Pac-12 have odds of 25-1 or less to win the conference tournament.
The NCAA has at least temporarily changed its policy toward legalized sports betting, clearing the way for Las Vegas to bid on championship events such as the Final Four.
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a nationwide ban on single-game legalized sports betting outside of Nevada. That could help Las Vegas’ case to host NCAA championship events, which currently is prohibited.
The No. 22 Wolf Pack are 5½-point favorites over the Rebels at most Las Vegas sports books after the line opened at 5.
The Rebels not only blew an 18-point halftime lead over San Diego State — which opened as an 8½-point favorite — but they failed to cover the spread for most backers in Wednesday’s 62-52 overtime loss.
There is likely only three chances left this season to bet against UNLV, which has lost nine straight games while going 1-7-1 against the spread and has covered only two of their last 14 games.
UNLV travels to play Utah State today. The Rebels are 7 1/2-point underdogs.
UNLV hosts Wyoming today at the Thomas & Mack. The Rebels are favored by a point.
UNLV faces Mountain West foe Colorado State tonight in Fort Collins. The Rebels are 6-point underdogs.