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Moser seeks revenge on New Mexico for two losses last season.
Going into the November 26 meeting with North Carolina, UNLV forward Mike Moser and his team weren't quite on the national radar. By the end of the night, both were the talk of college basketball.
Moser struggled through a 5-for-15 shooting night, but ripped 18 rebounds over Carolina bigs John Henson and Tyler Zeller who totaled 15 combined. Moser also dished six assists before fouling out.
Moser went on to score 34 in his next game against UC-Santa Barbara, and did a tremendous job stuffing the stat sheet all season long. Late in the year however, Moser's shot began to suffer as defenses geared to stop him on the perimeter where he had become a little too comfortable.
Almost a third of Moser's shots were from three-point range, and he made 33.1 percent of them. By contrast, he made 51 percent of his shots inside the arc.
The Rebels' final two games of the season, both losses, were perfect illustrations. Moser shot a combined 9-of-30 against New Mexico in the Mountain West tournament and Colorado in the NCAA tournament. That included making only three of 13 shots from outside the arc. The two losses were by a combined nine points, which could have been easily made up with better shot selection from Moser and many of his teammates.
Moser dominates on the defensive glass, but isn't a superb offensive rebounder to this point. If he works more inside and gets those second-chance opportunities, he could average 18 points per game and UNLV could make a much deeper run in March.