Rebels face always tricky Aztecs in Las Vegas


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The UNLV Rebels are coming off a big time road win at New Mexico and will be looking to continue their new-found momentum when they host the San Diego State Aztecs at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.  While UNLV is playing fairly well, and SDSU is coming off a rather embarrassing loss at Wyoming (blowing a 14 point lead with 4:50 to play), the Aztecs have always given UNLV trouble.  Last season, SDSU swept the season series, including a third game in the MWC tournament.  The Rebels currently stand as a 6.5 point favorite, but this could be a dicey matchup for UNLV.  If SDSU doesn't have a let-down after the tough loss, this should go down to the wire.

New Mexico a fairly decent amount of size to the table, which this season (and for the past couple seasons) has been Rebels kryptonite.  UNLV continues to struggle on the glass, which only makes their life that much more difficult when the rigors of conference play kick in.  SDSU brings a fairly balanced offensive attack, that helped them to a conference opening upset at home against New Mexico.  They were without leading scorer Billy White at Wyoming and rumor has it he might miss this game as well.  While that would be a tough blow tonight, SDSU still has freshman forward Kawhi Leonard averaging 11.1 ppg along with junior forward Malcolm Thomas (10.9 ppg) and junior guard D.J. Gay (10.3 ppg).  Leonard also leads the team in rebounds with 9.6 rpg as the Aztecs are one of the top rebounding teams in the conference.

UNLV will look to build on their win at New Mexico as the Rebels will be hosting their conference home opener.  This will actually be only UNLV's third true home game in the last 46 days (the Kansas State game was on a "neutral site" at the Orleans Casino).  At this point, the pecking order is slowly being established for the Rebels.  Tre'Von Willis would appear to be the leader of this team on the court, but fellow transfers Chace Stanback and Derrick Jasper are slowly establishing their presence.  Guard Kendall Wallace can be inconsistent at times, but he's coming off his best career game, finishing with 21 points 7/10 shooting from behind the three-point line.

UNLV Rebels


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Tre`Von Willis 15 25.7 5.2 10.6 49.1 1.1 3.9 27.6 4.1 4.5 91.0 1.0 2.8 3.8 3.3 2.5 1.1 0.2 2.9 15.5
Oscar Bellfield 16 26.9 3.8 8.9 42.0 1.3 3.7 33.9 1.5 2.1 70.6 0.8 2.0 2.8 4.4 2.0 1.2 0.1 2.8 10.3
Chace Stanback 16 23.1 3.2 8.1 39.2 0.8 2.5 32.5 1.4 1.8 75.9 1.8 3.6 5.4 1.4 1.6 1.5 0.8 2.6 8.6
Kendall Wallace 16 18.3 2.5 5.5 45.5 1.9 4.3 44.1 0.7 0.9 73.3 0.5 1.6 2.1 0.8 0.4 0.4 0.0 1.9 7.6
Derrick Jasper 16 25.6 2.9 6.1 46.9 0.5 1.8 27.6 1.2 2.4 50.0 0.6 4.1 4.6 3.0 1.4 1.4 0.5 2.1 7.4
Matt Shaw 16 16.1 2.4 5.3 45.9 0.8 1.9 41.9 1.4 1.8 78.6 0.9 1.8 2.7 0.4 0.7 0.4 0.8 2.5 7.1
Darris Santee 16 13.5 2.0 3.2 62.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.3 2.2 60.0 1.1 3.0 4.1 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.6 1.8 5.3
Anthony Marshall 16 17.0 2.0 5.7 35.2 0.1 1.3 4.8 1.1 1.7 63.0 0.8 1.1 1.9 1.4 1.3 1.3 0.3 1.6 5.1
Brice Massamba 16 10.8 1.5 2.1 70.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.2 1.8 65.5 1.3 0.9 2.2 0.3 0.4 0.1 0.3 2.3 4.2
Justin Hawkins 16 13.4 1.3 3.3 37.7 0.4 1.3 30.0 1.1 1.7 66.7 0.7 0.7 1.4 0.6 0.6 0.8 0.3 1.1 4.0
Steve Jones 16 12.4 0.7 1.9 35.5 0.1 0.7 9.1 0.6 0.7 81.8 0.6 0.6 1.1 0.6 0.4 0.0 0.0 1.1 2.0
Todd Hanni 4 3.5 0.0 1.3 0.0 0.0 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.3 0.8 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0
Tyler Norman 5 2.6 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.4 0.0 0.2 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.0
Mychal Martinez 4 1.5 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0


SDSU Aztecs


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Billy White 14 27.6 5.0 8.0 62.5 0.3 0.8 36.4 2.0 3.4 58.3 2.6 2.8 5.4 1.1 2.2 1.2 0.9 2.6 12.3
Kawhi Leonard 16 30.2 4.3 9.7 43.9 0.4 2.4 15.8 2.3 3.2 70.6 3.6 6.1 9.6 2.1 2.4 1.4 0.5 2.4 11.1
Malcolm Thomas 16 30.4 4.2 7.5 55.8 0.1 0.2 33.3 2.4 4.7 52.0 2.8 4.9 7.6 1.8 1.9 0.9 1.5 2.4 10.9
D.J. Gay 16 32.4 3.4 8.9 38.5 1.8 4.6 37.8 1.7 2.3 73.0 0.6 1.6 2.1 3.1 1.9 1.3 0.1 1.6 10.3
Tyrone Shelley 14 22.9 2.9 6.7 42.6 0.9 2.9 29.3 1.5 2.7 55.3 0.9 3.0 3.9 1.1 1.8 1.6 0.7 1.7 8.1
Chase Tapley 16 21.8 2.9 6.0 49.0 0.8 2.5 32.5 0.4 0.6 77.8 0.8 1.6 2.4 2.3 0.9 1.2 0.3 1.3 7.1
Kelvin Davis 15 17.4 2.3 5.3 42.5 1.3 3.9 33.9 0.9 1.5 59.1 0.3 0.8 1.1 0.9 1.4 0.5 0.2 1.9 6.7
Brian Carlwell 16 15.7 2.1 3.2 64.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.9 1.5 58.3 1.3 1.7 2.9 0.2 0.9 0.3 0.3 2.0 5.0
Tim Shelton 8 12.4 0.9 2.5 35.0 0.5 1.1 44.4 0.9 1.9 46.7 0.9 0.9 1.8 1.6 1.0 0.1 0.1 1.8 3.1
Alec Williams 8 8.0 0.8 1.6 46.2 0.1 0.4 33.3 0.6 0.8 83.3 0.3 1.0 1.3 0.4 0.1 0.0 0.0 1.3 2.3
Jason Deutchman 3 3.7 0.3 0.7 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.3 75.0 0.0 0.7 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 1.7
Bryan Horton 6 5.0 0.3 1.0 33.3 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.8 20.0 0.2 0.3 0.5 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.0 0.3 0.8

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