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Dogfights. That's one word that sums up the two previous meetings this year between UNLV and SDSU. Both games have been gritty, physical games.
UNLV has had opportunities in both meetings to take home a win, but the major shooting slump that they were in for both of the regular season matchups ultimately did the Rebels in, losing by six both times.
This time however, should be different. The Rebels are coming in off of a six-game win streak in which they have put an end to that pesky shooting slump they were in for much of conference play.
In their quarterfinal game against Air Force, UNLV went 24-48 from the field for an even 50 percent mark, and an impressive 55 percent from beyond the arch, going 11 of 20.
SDSU's advantage all year against teams has been the play of their forwards, Malcom Thomas and Kawhi Leonard down in the paint.
They are rebounding machines and can put up points.
UNLV's big men have made constant improvement all year and are now a crucial part of what UNLV does on both ends of the floor.
Look for Quintrell Thomas play a big role in banging against Thomas and Leonard, giving SDSU one less advantage in the game.
UNLV is poised for redemption, and should grind out a win.
Prediction: No.1 SDSU Aztecs: 71, No. 3 UNLV Rebels: 79
Championship Round Prediction: No. 5 New Mexico Lobos vs No.3 UNLV Rebels