The UNLV Rebels came into this game with many questions still waiting to be answered on the competitiveness of the team. A 2-0 record with a combined 3 points as a margin of victory against two "sub-par" teams in Morehead State and Sam Houston State left rebels fans wondering if this was going to be a repeat of last season which left them staying home during post season play, after a 20-13 record and a second round loss in the Mountain West Tournament.
After watching this team struggle to get anything going on Friday night against Stanford in the Barclays Center, the same question should be asked about the Rebels postseason chances, as they fell 89-60. Stanford was red hot offensively having four players in double digits in the scoring department, while UNLV failed on early opportunities which ultimately led to a Stanford whipping with the 29 point victory. Picked second in the pre-season Mountain West polls, the Rebels have a lot of work to do staring offensively.
The Rebels have failed to score more than sixty points this year, which is ranked an ugly 295th in the country. Player of the game goes to senior guard Anthony Brown, from Stanford who came away with 18 points, five assists and nine rebounds, seriously flirting with a double, double. Stanford shot a deadly 70 percent from beyond the arc and a 50 percent overall with field goal percentage.
This was of course going up against an embarrassing Rebel offense that had a 37.9 percent field goal percentage and just 27.8 percent from long range. Leading scorer for the Rebels came to hands of forward Christian Wood with 12 points. It will be interesting to see how UNLV fairs against the team's consolation opponent which will be the loser from the Temple vs. Duke game as Stanford awaits the winner. UNLV needs all the wins they can get at this point because nothing will be handed to them in the early going, especially since Mountain West play is just one month away and the difficult non-conference schedule which still includes games against Utah, Arizona State, Kansas and Arizona.