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UNLV vs Fresno State


Runnin’ Rebels (11-13, 6-5) | Fresno State Bulldogs (8-15, 4-8)


The UNLV RunninRebels (11-13) will be back in Vegas to host the Fresno State Bull (8-15) on February 8, 2020, 3:00 pm PT at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Coming off an unfortunate loss to the Utah State Aggies 69-54, t
he Rebels are coming back home intending to turn it all around and put an end to their four-game losing streak. And what better way to get into a groove than to do it in front of your home crowd.

The last time these two teams faced off, it went right down to the wire in a nail biter that went into double overtime. The Rebels came out victorious in an 81-80 win on the road. Now, they look to do the same for a chance to move up the standings of the Mountain West Conference, as they currently sit at the sixth spot, with Fresno State sitting just two places below.

Bryce Hamilton has remained consistent during UNLV’s four-game slump, averaging 24.5 points and 7.2 rebounds in their last four games. Even though he alone hasnt been enough to will his team to victory, the effort is there. With that being said, this upcoming game may go down to the wire once more. The only difference this time is UNLV will be holding the home court advantage. In the last outing between these two competitors, Donnie Tillman had his way scoring 28 points, followed by Hamilton with 21, and Hardy with 18. They will look to do the same in front of their home crowd.

As for Fresno State, they are coming off Tuesday’s loss to Colorado State 80-70. In that game Colorado State came out the gates fast, outscoring the Bulldogs in the first half 42-30. Fresno State did make more of an effort in the second half, however it wasnt enough to get the job done. Now, they have their sights set on UNLV. Nate Grimes, the Senior from Las Vegas, Nevada is the leading scorer and rebounder for this team, averaging 12.7 points and 9.8 rebounds. He is looking to put on a show and get redemption since the last outing between these two contestants.

It has been rough for Rebels as of late, and even more so for the Bulldogs. However, both of these teams are coming into this game with their eyes on the prize. The Rebels, looking to end their slump in front of their home crowd, and the Bulldogs, looking to even the series between the two in hopes to ascend In the conference standings. This game has a high chance to play out the same way it did the last time these two teams faced off.

The Rebels, do a solid job of protecting home court, as they hold a 9-5 record when playing at The Thomas & Mack Center. As for the Bulldogs, road games have been a struggle, this remains to be the pattern for almost every team in the Mountain West Conference. However, Neither team is going to let that stop them from securing the win. Both of these teams are closely seeded in the standings, and both are looking to turn things around. This is a game where both sides are going to want to leave it all on the floor.

UNLV sits in the middle of the conference, and a win here isnt going to make or break their season, but it does improve their odds of moving up in the standings. A loss here wont hurt too much either as they have no where to go but up, and thats exactly where theyre looking.

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