UNLV hosts BYU in resume-builder for the winner




UNLV hosts BYU this afternoon in a matchup of two of the top teams in the conference to start the second half of conference play.  Although UNLV would move into a tie for first with a win, this game is more about each team building up their resume.  A BYU win moves them that much closer to the regular season title.  If UNLV wins, the top of the Mountain West will be jumbled up for the foreseeable future.  In their previous meeting, UNLV blew a second half lead in losing by 4 up in Provo.  UNLV is anticipating a sell-out, the second straight season this matchup will produce a sellout.  Throwing it on national television will give the conference a chance to show off two of its premier programs.

BYU relatively healthy, which was not the case a month ago.  On January 6, Jimmer Fredette (All-American candidate and expected conference player of the year) only managed 7 points in 25 minutes as he was in the midst of a battle with strep throat.  In fact, he missed the non-conference games before and the game after due to the illness.  He's at full strength and prepped for what should be an intriguing battle with the UNLV guards.  While Oscar Bellfield runs the point opposite Fredette, the scoring matchup will be between Fredette (21.5 ppg) and Tre'Von Willis (17.2 ppg).

BYU doesn't rely solely on Fredette.  They get strong contributions from junior guard Jackson Emery (12.0 ppg) and freshman guard Tyler Haws (11.8 ppg), while senior guard/forward Jonathan Tavernari is coming off the bench averaging 9.5 ppg.  Tavernari was arguably the difference-maker a month ago when he poured in 17 points on 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc.

UNLV will be without do-everything man Derrick Jasper likely until the last week of the regular season, at the earliest.  They showed no signs of problems in their first game without Jasper, as they went into Wyoming and unleashed a 28-point whupping that marked the largest margin of home defeat for Wyoming in over 50 years.  BYU is just a wee bit better than Wyoming, but the Rebels have to feel fairly confident coming into this game.

This marks the beginning of the make-or-break stretch of the Rebels' regular season.  They host BYU and New Mexico before traveling to San Diego State.  While they obviously have to win plenty of the remaining 5 games, if they can go 2-1 in this 3-game stretch, they will put themselves in a very strong position to earn an at-large bid (assuming they don't win the conference tournament).

No matter who you're rooting for, this should be a fun game to watch.  The stands will be packed and these two teams rarely fail to entertain, in what has become a fairly heated rivalry.  The winner doesn't lock in anything at this point, but it's still one of the biggest games of the season for both teams.

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 21 27.9 5.4 11.0 49.1 1.0 3.9 27.2 5.4 6.3 85.7 0.9 3.2 4.0 3.0 2.5 1.0 0.2 2.6 17.2
Chace Stanback 22 24.3 4.0 8.9 44.6 0.8 2.6 29.3 1.8 2.2 81.6 1.6 3.8 5.4 1.3 1.6 1.5 0.8 2.5 10.5
Oscar Bellfield 22 27.7 3.4 8.0 42.0 1.1 3.3 34.2 1.5 2.0 74.4 0.8 1.7 2.5 4.8 2.0 1.0 0.3 2.6 9.3
Matt Shaw 22 15.7 2.5 5.2 49.1 0.9 2.0 44.2 1.0 1.4 74.2 0.8 2.1 2.9 0.3 0.6 0.4 0.6 2.3 7.0
Derrick Jasper 21 24.5 2.6 5.6 46.6 0.4 1.6 26.5 1.1 2.2 48.9 0.5 4.3 4.9 2.9 1.3 1.1 0.4 2.2 6.8
Kendall Wallace 22 18.7 2.2 5.6 39.8 1.7 4.5 38.8 0.5 0.7 73.3 0.5 1.4 1.9 1.0 0.5 0.4 0.0 1.9 6.7
Darris Santee 22 12.4 1.9 3.0 63.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.7 56.8 1.0 2.7 3.8 0.1 0.5 0.2 0.5 1.9 4.7
Anthony Marshall 22 16.3 1.9 5.1 36.3 0.0 1.0 4.5 0.9 1.6 52.8 0.7 1.4 2.1 1.5 1.3 1.2 0.4 1.5 4.6
Brice Massamba 22 12.0 1.6 2.1 76.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.5 67.6 1.2 0.9 2.0 0.2 0.4 0.1 0.3 2.2 4.3
Justin Hawkins 22 12.1 1.2 3.0 38.8 0.4 1.1 33.3 1.0 1.5 68.8 0.5 0.7 1.2 0.6 0.4 0.8 0.3 0.9 3.7
Steve Jones 22 11.4 0.6 1.7 35.1 0.0 0.5 9.1 0.4 0.5 81.8 0.6 0.7 1.3 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.6
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


BYU Cougars


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
Jimmer Fredette 22 30.6 6.7 14.1 47.4 2.3 4.6 49.5 5.8 6.5 90.1 0.7 2.3 3.0 4.9 2.7 1.5 0.2 1.1 21.5
Jackson Emery 23 27.7 4.0 8.6 46.5 2.4 6.0 39.6 1.7 2.2 76.0 0.7 3.7 4.4 3.0 1.2 2.8 0.3 2.5 12.0
Tyler Haws 24 27.4 4.2 7.7 54.1 0.8 2.1 40.0 2.6 3.0 87.3 1.5 3.2 4.7 1.5 1.3 0.7 0.2 1.4 11.8
Jonathan Tavernari 24 23.0 3.5 8.7 39.7 1.5 4.2 36.0 1.1 1.4 81.8 0.5 4.3 4.8 1.6 1.3 1.1 0.3 1.9 9.5
Noah Hartsock 24 22.8 2.9 4.8 61.4 0.0 0.1 50.0 1.0 1.2 79.3 1.4 3.4 4.8 1.1 0.5 0.5 1.4 1.8 6.8
Brandon Davies 24 12.5 2.1 3.8 56.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.3 2.1 62.7 1.0 1.8 2.8 0.3 1.4 0.3 0.5 2.6 5.6
Chris Miles 24 18.0 2.1 4.0 53.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.2 1.8 65.1 1.2 2.8 3.9 1.2 0.8 0.4 0.6 2.3 5.4
Charles Abouo 24 11.9 1.4 3.3 43.6 0.2 0.6 28.6 1.2 1.7 70.7 1.0 2.0 3.0 0.9 0.8 0.5 0.3 1.4 4.2
Michael Loyd, Jr. 24 12.0 1.3 2.5 50.8 0.5 1.2 46.4 0.5 1.0 52.2 0.0 0.9 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.3 0.1 0.8 3.6
Lamont Morgan, Jr. 24 9.7 0.8 1.2 67.9 0.4 0.5 75.0 0.1 0.2 60.0 0.1 0.5 0.7 1.5 0.8 0.3 0.0 0.3 2.1
James Anderson 21 4.1 0.4 0.9 47.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.6 61.5 0.5 0.7 1.2 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.1 1.0 1.2
Brock Zylstra 13 3.3 0.3 0.8 36.4 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.3 0.5 66.7 0.1 0.8 0.8 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.9
Logan Magnusson 15 4.5 0.3 0.6 44.4 0.1 0.2 66.7 0.2 0.3 60.0 0.3 0.9 1.1 0.3 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.9

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Mountain West Connection

You must be a member of Mountain West Connection to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Mountain West Connection. You should read them.

Join Mountain West Connection

You must be a member of Mountain West Connection to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Mountain West Connection. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker