UNLV vs. Nevada: Keys For Rebels To Upset The Wolf Pack
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UNLV is looking for a huge win
The rivalry is back with No. 8 Nevada (19-1 6-1MW) taking on UNLV (11-8 5-2 MW) on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET.
Tuesday’s game between the in-state rivals is expected to be a one-sided matchup in favor of Nevada as they are a heavy favorite. Even with a disparity in talent, a UNLV has a chance to be first in first place in the conference with a win. Let’s get into the Keys for UNLV to take down Reno.
1. Be aggressive on the boards
Coach Menzies team is one of the best offensive rebounding teams in the country. Being the better rebounding team is one of the few advantages the Rebels have over Nevada. Look for the Freshman frontcourt duo of Joel Ntambwe and Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua to create second-chance point opportunity’s for the Rebels.
2. Take care of the ball
In four of their seven conference games, Nevada has forced their opponents to commit 20 or more turnovers. During conference play UNLV has turned the ball over the least out of any Mountain West team with 75 turnovers over seven games. Compare that to the stat that the Wolf Pack have forced a total of 115 turnovers in their seven conference games shows that winning the turnover battle will be key for UNLV.
3. Do not fall behind early
It their last game against San Diego State, UNLV could not string together a run to mount a comeback against the Aztecs. Nevada is led by three potential NBA players Jordan Caroline (18.7 points per game) Caleb Martin (17.2 points per game) and Cody Martin (11.9 points per game, 5.1 assists per game).
So it is imperative for UNLV to not let Nevada start off hot and keep the game within reach. Nevada is very effective at getting isolation buckets because most of the time their core players are just better than the opposition. So it will be up to UNLV to play great team defense in order to stop the Wolf Pack.