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UNLV vs San Jose State: Preview & Score Prediction

UNLV vs San Jose State: Preview & Score Prediction

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UNLV vs San Jose State: Preview & Score Prediction


UNLV vs. San Jose State Preview & Score Prediction

Check out the UNLV vs. San Jose State game preview and score prediction

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UNLV (15-6, 4-4) vs. San Jose State (3-17, 0-9) Game Preview

Game Info

Date: Wednesday, January 31st
Tip-off: 8:00pm PT
Venue: Tarkanian Court, Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas
Radio: ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM Las Vegas & KLIV 1590 AM San Jose
TV/stream: AT&T SportsNet

Projected Runnin’ Rebels Lineup

G Jordan Johnson

G Jovan Mooring

F Tervelle Beck

F Shakur Juiston – Scored 21 points and snagged 11 rebounds against SDSU

C Brandon McCoy

Projected San jose State Lineup

G Jalen James

G Noah Baumann

F Ryan Welage – Scored 37 points in the Spartans loss to Wyoming

F Keith Fisher

C Ashtin Chastain

Why UNLV Will Win

If UNLV can excute the same game plan that they did against SDSU against SJSU, this game shouldn’t be close.  Brandon McCoy and Shakur Juiston were the two best players on the court, each tallying 21 points, and both were dominant.  When they both play like this, they are a team that can play with any team in the country, and SJSU doesn’t have the size or skill in the front court to keep up.  Also, look for the Rebels to go heavey on size.  Overall, they are one of, if not the biggest teams in the conference, and for the first time this season, they started freshman forward Tervell Beck (6’7″, 230lbs) alongside McCoy and Juiston.  This is a formibable frontcourt and if it gave SDSU trouble, which doesn’t bode well for SJSU.

Why San jose state Will Win

Ryan Welage.  In the Spartans overtime loss to Wyoming, the Spartan forward played all 45 minutes and scored a career high 37 points.  Furthermore, he already knows he can score against this Rebels defense.  If he’s as dominant as he was against Cowboys, it will force the Runnin’ Rebels defense to key on him, which will give guard Noah Baumann open looks from 3-pt range.  For UNLV fans this probably sounds familiar as it’s exactly what happened over the last 5 minutes of these two teams previous matchup in which the Spartans were able to force over time before ultimately succombing to the more talents Rebels.

KenPom Line

UNLV -20, o/u 148

Score Prediction

UNLV 85, SJSU 68


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