Nevada vs. UNLV: Full Game Preview

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Nevada vs. UNLV: Full Game Preview
Nevada
(11-8, 2-5 away)
UNLV
(16-4, 12-1 home)
Venue: Thomas & Mack Center
10:00PM ET / 7:00PM PT, January 29, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Nevada D Burton 16.6 J Evans Jr 5.6 D Burton 3.0
UNLV A Bennett 18.4 A Bennett 8.6 A Marshall 6.0

UNLV welcomes Nevada to Thomas & Mack Center on Tuesday. The game tips off at 10:00 EST and you can catch it on CBSSN. The Rebels are 4-0 against the Wolf Pack over the last four years. The last time they met (11/14/2011) they won 71-67.

Nevada is in 6th place in the conference and UNLV is in 3rd place.

In a 62-50 win over Wyoming on January 24th, Anthony Bennett put up 17 points and 5 rebounds for the Rebels. He contributes a team-high 18.4 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game. For the Wolf Pack, Malik Story finished with 16 points and 6 rebounds in the 75-59 blowout of Boise State on January 26th. He contributes 3.6 rebounds per game in addition to his 15.8 points per game.

There is a single key statistical area where UNLV can exploit Nevada, scoring, where the Rebels have an edge over the Wolf Pack, 76 points per game to 69 points per game.

Nevada StatSmack

  • Justin Hawkins is ranked 3rd in the Mountain West in steals.
  • UNLV is a better three-point shooting team (35.5% vs 30.5%) than Nevada this season.
  • Even computers respect UNLV more. We have a better RPI this season than Nevada (RPI: #13 vs #180).
  • The UNLV assist leader (Anthony Marshall) has more assists than the Nevada assist leader (Deonte Burton).
  • UNLV is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on UNLV is 213 lbs compared to 208 lbs for Nevada.
  • UNLV is better at defending the three (28.7% allowed vs 36.9% allowed) than Nevada this season.
  • UNLV can actually jump, with more rebounds (41.9 per game vs 35.3 per game) than Nevada this season.
  • AP voters think more highly of UNLV and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Nevada (42 vs 36).
  • Katin Reinhardt is ranked 8th in the Mountain West in three-pointers and 10th in the Mountain West in assists.
  • UNLV beat Nevada by 4 points the last time they played (Nov 14, 2011).
  • We just win. UNLV has more wins over the last 5 years than Nevada (134 vs 113).
NEV Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Deonte Burton 31 17 2 3 2 0 2
B- Malik Story 31 16 4 2 1 0 2
C Jerry Evans Jr 26 8 6 1 1 0 1
C Jordan Burris 24 8 4 2 1 1 1
C- Devonte Elliott 18 7 4 0 0 1 1
C- Cole Huff 19 5 4 1 1 0 1
D+ Kevin Panzer 22 4 4 0 0 0 2
D M. Coleman 11 4 1 1 0 0 2
D Brice Crook 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Patrick Nyeko 11 1 1 1 0 0 0
D C. Fall 9 1 2 1 0 0 1
D Keith Fuetsch 7 1 0 1 0 0 1
F Richard Bell 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
UNLV Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Anthony Bennett 28 18 9 1 1 1 2
B+ A. Marshall 33 10 4 6 1 0 3
B Khem Birch 23 8 6 1 1 2 2
B Katin Reinhardt 29 10 2 3 1 0 2
B- Mike Moser 24 9 7 2 1 1 2
B- B. Dejean-Jones 24 9 4 2 1 0 3
B- Justin Hawkins 25 7 3 2 2 1 1
C Q. Thomas 14 5 4 0 0 0 1
C- Savon Goodman 10 4 3 0 0 0 1
D+ C. Lopez-Sosa 10 3 1 1 1 1 1
D+ Daquan Cook 5 1 0 1 0 0 0
D Barry Cheaney 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
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