UNLV looks to rebound after road loss to BYU.
UNLV (17-6) is coming off a bad road loss at a sold-out Mariott Center, but is still well inside the NCAA Tournament fied according to many bracketologists. TCU (10-14) is well... playing like TCU basketball. The Horned Frogs are 1-8 in conference and their leading scorer, Ronnie Moss, has been suspended.
This game is going to get more publicity among MWC fans not because of the quality of the matchup, but because this will be the first conference game, since the new TV deal was signed, to be on tape-delay. At least, that was the plan. The Mtn. was to record the game and then show it a 9:30 PT on The Mtn. That has changed due to the weather in Fort Worth as The Mtn. will not be their to broadcast the game. So now the game won't be on TV at all... Great.
Anyway, this should be a quick tune-up game for the Runnin' Rebels before playing San Diego State at home in front of a sell-out crowd. Then again, UNLV could look past an improved (from last season) TCU sqaud.
In all likelihood, Lon Kruger will probably use this game to prepare UNLV for the home game against San Diego State on Saturday. Tre'Von Willis has been out-of-sync the entire conference season and could use some confidence heading into the San Diego State game. Chace Stanback and Oscar Bellfield have gone cold from the field and would love to just see some shots fall.
Carlos Lopez and Quintrell Thomas each had monster games against Utah before being negated by double and trpile teams against BYU. Getting them back on the warpath they were on before the BYU game could reealy help against Kawhi Leonhard, Malcom Thomas and Co.
Anthony Marshall has become the most consistent figure on the team. 80% of the time he takes the ball to the basket, he scores in some form. He's scoring double digit points every game. We'll see if UNLV's stars can get back on track before the face #6 San Diego State.
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