San Diego State (18-6) at UNLV (18-7)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 16, 9 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Thomas & Mack Center (18,500) -- Las Vegas, Nevada.
Television: NBCSN. Home Record: SDSU 11-1, UNLV 14-1. Away Record: SDSU 4-3,
UNLV 4-6. Neutral Record: SDSU 3-2, UNLV 0-0. Conference Record: SDSU 6-4,
UNLV 5-5. Series Record: UNLV leads, 34-21.
GAME NOTES: Despite neither team being nationally ranked or sitting at the top
of the Mountain West Conference standings, the meeting between the UNLV
Runnin' Rebels and the San Diego State Aztecs at the Thomas & Mack Center on
Saturday night should still be a memorable one.
The Aztecs, who are currently tied with Air Force for third in the MWC, are
coming off a 66-60 loss to 24th-ranked Colorado State three nights ago at Moby
Arena in Fort Collins. The defeat snapped a brief two-game win streak for an
SDSU squad that is just 4-3 on the road overall, 2-3 as a visitor against
Meanwhile, the Runnin' Rebels have settled in to the middle of the league
standings with five wins in 10 chances. Like the Aztecs, UNLV was last in
action on Wednesday night taking on Air Force, and was dealt an unexpected
71-56 setback by the Academy at Clune Arena. The defeat was the third in four
games for a program which had lost just four times through the first 21 games
of the campaign.
San Diego State won the first meeting of the season at home last month by a
score of 82-75, as Jamaal Franklin scored a game-high 27 points and pulled
down seven rebounds for a squad that turned the ball over just five times in
order to survive a dismal 3-of-19 shooting behind the 3-point line. With the
decision, the all-time series now numbers 34-21 in favor of the Runnin'
One of four players to score in double figures for SDSU in its latest outing,
Chase Tapley tallied 16 points, hitting 3-of-4 shots behind the 3-point line,
in the loss to Colorado State on the road. Xavier Thames and JJ O'Brien both
added 12 points and Jamaal Franklin 11 and seven rebounds, but at the same
time he shot just 4-of-13 from the floor while being bothered by the interior
defense of the Rams.
Through 23 games, Franklin is now shooting just 39.6 percent from the field
and 26.2 percent on the perimeter, yet he is still one of the top point
producers in the conference with 17.2 ppg. Franklin is also the leader on the
glass for the Aztecs with 9.3 boards per contest and is first with 75 assists
and 34 steals, but clearly he needs teammates to step up and take on more
The Mike Moser experiment of coming off the bench continues to be a struggling
proposition as the former star forward scored just four points and pulled down
four rebounds in the loss at Air Force. Then again, the entire roster pretty
much had a tough time versus the Falcons as Katin Reinhardt stepped up as the
only double-digit scorer in the meeting with 15 points, but at the same time
he was charged with five of the unit's 14 turnovers as well.
Anthony Bennett, who scored only eight points and pulled down eight rebounds
against the Falcons as UNLV shot a disappointing 5-of-19 from 3-point range
and captured just 24 total rebounds, continues to lead the team with 17.8 ppg
and 8.6 rpg, but against tough conference competition he has had some rough
outings for sure. Anthony Marshall (10.8 ppg) tries to keep the offense moving
with his 150 assists in 25 games, but lately that hasn't help matters much.
Even though the Runnin' Rebels have thrived at home again this season, there
is clearly something wrong with the squad right now, just enough to allow a
team like SDSU to take advantage this weekend.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: San Diego State 67, UNLV 61
02/16 10:45:42 ET