Online sportsbooks are expecting a back-and-forth battle today when the UNLV Rebels (17-13) face the San Diego St. Aztecs (19-12) at Thomas & Mack Center as part of the Mountain West Conference Tournament. The Rebels opened as modest 1-point favorites with tip-off set for 5:30 pm ET.
The Rebels are better on offense than defense, but are not overly effective at either end. They are currently 123rd in offensive rating, nationally, and come into the game scoring 74 points per game (135th). They are hitting at 41-percent from the field and 34-percent from three (176th).
Defensively, the situation is worse. UNLV is giving up 73 PPG, which puts them 216th in the country, and is a disappointing 241st in defensive rating. The easiest way for UNLV to better its record is to improve its defensive effort.
Offensively, they are paced by Kris Clyburn, who’s averaging a team-best 14 points per game. On the glass, Cheikh Mbacke Diong has led the way with 7 rebounds per game.
The Rebels’s performance on the glass has been decent. They sit 53rd overall, averaging 35 rebounds a night.
UNLV is coming off a 65-60 win over Colorado State. As has been the case most of the season, Clyburn came up big in the win, leading the way with 20 points.
The Rebels will be facing a subpar offense today in the form of San Diego St.. The Aztecs are 146th in offensive rating and are averaging 73 PPG (175th).
Unfortunately, the Aztecs defense is about on par with the offense, sitting 101st in defensive rating while conceding 68 points per game. If they don’t start playing better at one end of the floor, the losses are going to pile up.
Jalen McDaniels leads the team offensively, averaging 16 points per game. He’s also the Aztecs’ best rebounder, statistically, hauling in 8 rebounds per game.
But, as a team, San Diego St. is pretty mediocre on the glass, averaging 33 rebounds a night, which sits 132nd in America. Given UNLV’s prowess in the rebounding department, that aspect of the game could be a difference-maker.
The Aztecs are coming off a loss in their last game, falling to Nevada 81-53. Jeremy Hemsley led the team for a change dropping 16 points, but it wasn’t enough to get by the Wolf Pack.
The loss saw the Aztecs fall to 4th in the MWC, while the Rebels finished one spot behind in 5th after beating Colorado State.
UNLV is 15-15-0 against the number, so far, while San Diego St. is 17-14-0 ATS.
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