UNLV vs. Illinois Preview & Score Prediction
Check out the UNLV vs. Illinois game preview and score prediction
UNLV (6-2) vs. Illinois (7-3) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, December 9th
Tip-off: 9:00pm PT
Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena (Las Vegas)
Radio: ESPN Radio 1100/100.9 Las Vegas
Projected Runnin’ Rebels Line-up
G Jordan Johnson
G Jovan Mooring
F Kris Clyburn
F Shakur Juiston – Scored a team high 19 points in the teams win over Oral Roberts.
C Brandon McCoy
Projected arizona Line-up
G Te’Jon Lucas
G Da’Monte Williams
F Mark Alstork
F Michael Finke – Scored a team high 17 points in their win over Austin Peay.
F Leron Black
Why UNLV Will Win
The Fighting Illini are a program in the middle of a rebuild under first year coach Brad Underwood, but that does not mean this will be an easy game for UNLV. They are led by two talented front court players in Leron Black and Michael Finke, who are both averaging in double figures, and UNLV has struggled recently defending the post. However, if McCoy and Juiston can contain this duo, while keeping up their normal level of production, UNLV should be able to secure the win, as they are the superior team when it comes to all three guard spots. Also, the fact that Illinois likes to play at a fast tempo will help the Runnin’ Rebels, because they are at their best playing fast and in transition.
UNLV -3, o/u 159
UNLV 85, Illinois 80