Las Vegas, NV – The 14th-ranked UNLV Runnin' Rebels try to shake off their loss in the Mountain West Conference opener over the weekend and get back on track tonight as they entertain the TCU Horned Frogs at the Thomas & Mack Center in Sin City.
The Rebels, who are 9-0 in their own building this year and 12-0 in the city of Las Vegas overall when taking into account the tournament games played at Orleans Arena, are coming off just their third loss of the campaign. On Saturday, the team suited up against then-22nd-ranked San Diego State at Viejas Arena and ended up the hard-luck losers in a 69-67 battle that was decided at the buzzer.
The setback to SDSU snapped a seven-game win streak by UNLV, but still the team has the most overall wins in the MWC with 16.
Meanwhile, the Horned Frogs were involved in a close call of their own on Saturday, and like the Rebels the team came out on the short end of a 95-89 double-overtime event against Colorado State in the conference opener at Moby Arena in Fort Collins. The defeat snapped a brief two-game win streak by the program.
As far as the all-time series is concerned, the Runnin' Rebels hold a commanding 16-2 advantage having won five straight and 12 of the last 13 matchups against the Frogs. The Rebels have lost only once in 10 home games, the one setback coming more than a decade ago.
TCU, which allowed Colorado State to shoot a ridiculous 72.7 percent from the floor in the first half and 55.6 percent for the game, trailed by double figures in regulation on Saturday to force overtime, but the team was just delaying the pain as the Frogs suffered the six-point loss on the road. Hank Thorns tried to keep the game close with 21 points, five assists and three steals before fouling out, while Amric Fields tallied 20 points off the bench and Garlon Green recorded a double-double consisting of 14 points and 12 rebounds in the defeat. Green's double-double was rather unexpected given that, while producing a decent 12.0 ppg, he's been averaging just 3.5 rpg which is barely half of what J.R. Cadot (9.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg) is averaging to pace the program thus far. Thorns (13.1 ppg) leads the group in both scoring and assists (76), but his shooting accuracy (.382) continues to be a sticking point.
The Rebels shot less than 29 percent from the floor in the first half at San Diego State, but rebounded nicely before eventually being taken down by a late basket from Jamaal Franklin. Anthony Marshall led the way for the visitors with his 26 points, adding eight rebounds, but no one else on the team was able to hit for double figures. Brice Massamba and Mike Moser both tallied nine points, the latter clearing a team best 12 rebounds and making four steals in the losing cause. Moser, a huge addition to the program, is one of only a handful of players in the nation who can claim to be averaging a double-double with 13.9 points and 11.2 rebounds per outing. Ahead of him on the scoring list is Chace Stanback with 14.4 ppg and coming up from the rear is Marshall (11.4 ppg) who is second on the unit with 84 assists so he is capable of picking his spots and getting his teammates involved.