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Runnin’ Rebels (12-13, 7-5) | UNR Wolf Pack (15-10, 8-5)


The UNLV Runnin’ Rebels will be hosting their rivals the Nevada Wolf Pack on February 12, 2020, 7:00 pm PT at the Thomas & Mack Center.


The Runnin’ Rebels are coming off a fantastic game-winning bank shot versus Fresno State from Marvin Coleman that gave them the 68-67 edge with 0.8 seconds left, not enough time for the Bulldogs get off a decent shot. This win puts an end to a four-game losing streak for UNLV. Now, they must turn their sights onto their rivals, the Nevada Wolf Pack.

The last time these two teams faced off, it was on the Wolf Pack’s home court, where they ran away with the game 86-72. For UNLV, they are looking to even the score, and this time in front of their home crowd. Also, they are looking to start a run to the postseason coming off an exciting victory in their last outing.

Heading into this game, Bryce Hamilton leads the team in scoring with 14.9 points per game, and 5.1 rebounds to go along with it. Backing him up on the offensive end is none other than Amauri Hardy with 14.1 points per game, all while leading the team in assist with 3.2 per game. In their last outing with the Wolf Pack back on January 22nd, it was a reasonably close game in the first half. In the second, however, UNLV gave up 53 points, which helped Nevada pull away.


If the Rebels are looking to take this game, they are going to have to stay locked in on defense and try and limit as many three’s and turnovers as possible.


As for the Wolf Pack, they are coming off a dominant performance in their 95-77 win over San Jose State. You could see Nevada taking that one early on as they ended the first half with a 17 point lead. The Spartans did pick it up in the second half but never managed to go on a run to close the gap between the two.

Jalen Harris played a major role in their victory, going off for 32 points. He’s been leading this squad this season, averaging 21.2 points per game, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.1 assists, all while shooting 45% from the field. He is looking to show this same type of dominant effort in their game against the Rebels on Wednesday.

With that being said, as it has been for the past couple of games, this isn’t a must-win for the Rebels. It is a momentum and confidence booster that will also result in them having a better conference record, which cant hurt this time of year. As for Nevada, a win here brings also moves them up in the Mountain West Conference standings. 

The Rebels will have to do an excellent job of defending the three-point line in this game. Also, if the Rebels are going to take the three, they are going to want to make it count. That’s easier said than done, but most certainly doable. The Rebels will also have to make sure to contain Jalen Harris, as he scored 28 points in their last meeting. 

The case for UNLV remains the same in this game. This team still sits in the middle of the conference, a win here isn’t going to turn their odds around in terms of moving up the standings. A loss here won’t hurt them either, but they have nowhere to go but up from here, and that’s precisely the direction they’re looking

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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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Terence Smith



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