UNLV vs New Mexico
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Game Preview: UNLV vs New Mexico


Runnin’ Rebels (12-14, 7-6) | New Mexico (17-9, 6-7)


UNLV failed to keep the momentum going from their previous win against Fresno State, losing at home 82-79 against the Nevada Wolf Pack. Bryce Hamilton led the team in scoring with 23 points and backing him up was none other than Amauri Hardy, once again with 14. The Rebels fought hard in order to shorten the deficit of an 11 point first-half lead that the Wolf Pack held. Unfortunately, it was not enough to get the job done, resulting in their fourth loss in five games. However, UNLV will try and flip the script against New Mexico after the disappointing loss to UNR, a loss that dropped the Rebels to 7-6 in conference play.


With that being said, the last time the Rebels and Lobos faced off, it was UNLV who took the game 99-78. Bryce Hamilton led the team in scoring that game with 35 points. He is looking to carry that same style of play, into this one.


In addition, Hamilton has been leading his team in scoring all season, averaging 15.2 points along with 5.2 rebounds per game. Amauri Hardy has also been another consistent scorer on the team, averaging 14.1 points and a team-high 3.2 assists per game this season. Cheikh Mbacke Diong is averaging 7.9 points, as well as a team-high 8.3 rebounds for the Rebels this season.

With only five games left to end the season, the Rebels are looking to finish it on a high note, starting by stealing a win on the road against New Mexico. However, the task will be no cakewalk for the Rebels, as they are a team that seems to struggle on the road with a 2-7 record. This has seemed to be the case with almost every team in the Mountain West Conference this season. New Mexico has one of the better home records in the conference at 14-1, so UNLV will need to come out of the gates strong, and everyone must be on the same page if they are looking to take this one.

As for the New Mexico Lobos, they too will be looking to start something after an 82-59 loss to San Diego State. The loss dropped them to a 6-7 conference record.  Jaquan Lyle is leading New Mexico in scoring and assists averaging 16.1 points and 4.7 assists per game. Backing him up on the offensive end is Corey Manigault, who is averaging 12.7 points and 5 rebounds per game.

If New Mexico is looking to win this game, they will need to find a way to put a stop to Bryce Hamilton. In addition, even though New Mexico may not have everything going for them as the season winds down, they will still do their best to protect their home court, as they are one of the better teams in the conference when playing at home. Despite the NCAA tournament being out of their reach through the regular season results, a strong effort made in the conference tournament could possibly still lead the Lobos into the NIT.

Both of these teams will have something driving them towards grabbing the win in this game. UNLV, looking to potentially move up the standings within the conference, and the Lobos, looking to exact revenge after the loss they endured at the hands of the Rebels their last time out. This could turn out to be a very  promising game for both teams, as they plan to leave it all on the floor.  


The UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (12-14) will travel to Dreamstyle Arena in Albuquerque, New Mexico to face-off against the New Mexico Lobos (17-9) on February 15, 2020, 3:00 pm



Las Vegas! If you want another great place to watch the game, head to Al’s Garage in Summerlin. There are multiple televisions to watch all the games. Al’s has “Happy Hour” starting at 9 AM and ending at 9 PM. Al’s Garage is located at 11760 W. Charleston Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada 89135. Tell them, “The Franchise sent you!!”

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