UNLV hosts Hartford in a non-conference game preview:

UNLV hosts Hartford in a non-conference game preview:

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UNLV hosts Hartford in a non-conference game preview:

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Can UNLV win their second game of the week?


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UNLV hosts the 1-7 Hartford Hawks

Game: UNLV vs. Hartford

Time: 3 PM EST

Odds: UNLV -9.5

Hartford made the NCAA Tournament since moving up to Division One for the first time. However, in the offseason, the Hartford board of regents voted to move Hartford athletics down to Divison 3 in the next few years.

The success of last year’s NCAA Tournament hasn’t carried into this season, entering Saturday’s contest with a 1-7 record with the lone win coming over St Francis Brooklyn last weekend.

Hartford key players:

Austin Williams: The star of the America East tournament last season once again leads the Hawks in scoring with 15.4 points on average. Williams doesn’t shoot the ball exceptionally well from three but excels at driving to the basket. In the last three games, Williams scored at least 19 points. 

Moses Flowers: leads Hartford in rebounding (7.8) per game, which is an impressive number for a 6-foot-3 guard. In his three years in the America East, Flowers has averaged double-figures each season. If Hartford pulls out the victory, Flowers scoring punch could be the determining factor.

Hunter Marks: The Australia-born forward showed All-League potential in 2019-20, averaging 10.5 points while shooting 33.3 percent from three. Marks struggled as a junior but is posting career-best numbers across the board, especially from three (40 percent.)

The Runnin Rebels had their best offensive game of the season in Monday’s win over Seattle. UNLV shot 67 percent from the two-point range and made 11 threes. As usual, Bryce Hamilton posted scoring numbers — the most encouraging part of the win? Mike Nuga added 21 points with five three-pointers. Nuga was expected to be the number two option aside from Hamilton but struggled in the season’s first three weeks.

The size advantage was noticeable against a smaller Seattle roster; expect the same in this matchup. Royce Hamm hauled in 11 rebounds on Monday and averages close to double-figures on the season.

Prediction:

UNLV 70

Hartford 59

This game presents another good opportunity for Kevin Kruger’s squad to add a win over the struggling Hartford Hawks. 


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