UNLV vs. Texas State: Game Preview, Radio Schedule, Livestream, Odds, More
Rebels are looking to get to .500.
UNLV looking to boost its OOC schedule
The UNLV Runnin Rebels take on the Texas State Bobcats in Thomas & Mack on Wednesday at 7 p.m. PT on Mountain West Network. The Rebels are coming off a win over Abilene Christian a match up in which the rebels won 72-58.
The Rebels are 2-3 on the season, all three losses have come against Power 5 opponents. The Bobcats are 3-2 on the season but have not strung together more than a one game winning streak. Texas State’s leading scorer is senior guard Nijal Pearson who is averaging 17.8 points per game. As a team Texas State is averaging 77 points per game and allowing 60.2 points per game.
UNLV has reason to be optimistic coming into the matchup against Texas State. In the team’s last win over Abilene Christian Amauri Hardy scored 25 points and not only did he score 25 points it was a very efficient scoring night for him. He was 9-10 from the field with the only miss being from beyond the arc from which he was 3-4 from three. Hardy is the Rebels leading scorer averaging 19.0 points per game.
Mbacke Diong is leading the team in with over 10 rebounds per game and also leads the team in steals and blocks. Mbacke’s size should be an advantage for coach Otzelberger to use seeing that the bobcats do not have a player taller than 6’8 on their roster. But for UNLV to utilize their front court advantage they have to finish around the rim.
For UNLV to energize its fan base the team has to win these types of games. If the Rebels can prevent the Bobcats from shooting the 3, take care of the basketball and make easy baskets UNLV should be able to move to an even 3-3 on the season.