California vs. UNLV: Full Game Preview

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California vs. UNLV: Full Game Preview
California
(20-11, 6-5 away)
UNLV
(25-9, 18-2 home)
Venue: HP Pavilion
7:27PM ET / 4:27PM PT, March 21, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
California A Crabbe 18.7 D Kravish 6.9 J Cobbs 4.8
UNLV A Bennett 16.1 A Bennett 8.1 A Marshall 5.8

No. 5-seeded UNLV meets 12th-seeded California in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at HP Pavilion on Thursday. The game tips off at 7:27 p.m. ET and you can catch it on truTV. The Rebels defeated the Golden Bears 76-75 on Dec. 9 and are 2-1 against them over the past four years.

In spite of 19 points and seven rebounds from Bryce Dejean-Jones, the Rebels came up short 63-56 against New Mexico on Mar. 16. He is averaging 10.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. For the Golden Bears, Justin Cobbs finished with 26 points and five assists in the 79-69 loss to Utah on Mar. 14. With 4.8 assists per game and 1.1 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.

California StatSmack

  • Anthony Marshall is ranked 20th nationally in assists.
  • The UNLV assist leader (Anthony Marshall, 188 assists) has more assists than the California assist leader (Justin Cobbs, 148 assists).
  • UNLV has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than California this season (seven vs. three).
  • Boom! UNLV defeated California by 1 point the last time they played (Dec 09, 2012).
  • Even computers respect UNLV more. UNLV has a better RPI this season than California (RPI: No. 22 vs. No. 47).
  • Diaper Dandies love UNLV. UNLV has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than California (8 vs. 4).
  • The UNLV rebounding leader (Anthony Bennett, 258 rebounds) has more rebounds than the California rebounding leader (David Kravish, 214 rebounds).
  • Be afraid. UNLV has blown out more teams than California this season (six blowouts vs. two).
  • The UNLV blocks leader (Khem Birch, 62 blocks) has more blocks than the California blocks leader (David Kravish, 52 blocks).
  • UNLV has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (72.1 percent to 56.9 percent).
Cal Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Allen Crabbe 0 18 6 3 1 1 2
B+ Justin Cobbs 0 15 3 5 1 0 3
B David Kravish 31 8 7 1 1 2 1
B- Richard Solomon 24 8 6 1 1 1 2
B- Tyrone Wallace 28 7 5 3 1 1 2
C Robert Thurman 17 5 4 0 0 0 1
C Ricky Kreklow 17 4 3 2 1 0 1
C- Brandon Smith 18 3 1 2 1 0 1
D C. Behrens 7 1 2 0 0 0 0
D Bak Bak 6 2 1 0 0 0 0
D Jeff Powers 7 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Kahlil Johnson 3 1 1 0 0 0 1
UNLV Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Anthony Bennett 26 16 8 1 1 1 2
B+ A. Marshall 0 11 4 6 1 0 3
B Khem Birch 23 8 6 1 1 3 1
B B. Dejean-Jones 26 10 5 2 1 0 2
B Katin Reinhardt 29 10 2 3 1 0 2
C+ Mike Moser 21 8 6 2 1 1 2
C+ Justin Hawkins 23 5 3 2 1 0 1
C Q. Thomas 12 4 3 0 0 0 1
C- Savon Goodman 9 4 2 0 0 0 1
D+ C. Lopez-Sosa 9 2 1 1 0 0 1
D+ Daquan Cook 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Barry Cheaney 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
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