The Runnin’ Rebels scored .68 points per possession against Utah in last night’s 59-46 defeat at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. That’s the worst efficiency mark for a UNLV team since Dave Rice took over in 2011.
Despite the struggles, UNLV still had some impressive plays on offense starting with Pat McCaw. With Cody Doolin on the bench in the first half, McCaw became the point guard. For four straight possessions UNLV ran McCaw off ball screens from Goodluck Okonoboh.
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McCaw is able to keep the attention of two defenders long enough for Okonoboh to roll into the lane.
This is identical to a Rashad Vaughn pick and roll highlighted in the UNLV Utah preview. Both McCaw and Vaughn have shown the ability to read pick and rolls properly. The issue is consistency, as McCaw had a turnover two plays earlier off the pick and roll.
The other offensive highlight was an incredible play by Rashad Vaughn. The potential first-round draft pick shot just 6 of 16 against Utah, but he showed why he has so much hype.
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Vaughn was guarded by the shorter Brandon Taylor the majority of the game, and UNLV looked to post him up a few times. On this one Utah sent a double team, and Vaughn embarrassed the defense.
He manages to dribble away from the double team before going around with a spin move then under the help defense for a layup. Utah has a top 30 defense this season and has done well protecting the rim. But Vaughn sliced through it.
But it was the only time we saw Vaughn showed off his potential last night, as Utah shut down UNLV for 40 minutes.