The University of California Golden Bears (6 – 1) return home and host the nationally-ranked UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (6 – 1) at Haas Pavilion today. Cal hopes to rebound against an 81 – 56 loss to Wisconsin in Madison last Sunday. UNLV invades Haas after defeating Portland 68 – 60 on the road, extending their current winning streak to four games.
Freshman Anthony Bennett (18.7 ppg) leads a balanced UNLV offense, along with junior Mike Moser (12.3 ppg), senior Anthony Marshall (10.7 ppg), freshman Katin Reinhardt (10.3 ppg), and senior Justin Hawkins (10.0 ppg). Moser, out with a hip injury in the game against Portland, leads the Runnin’ Rebels in rebounding (9.2 rpg), followed by Bennett (7.6 rpg). UNLV is fifth in the nation in assists (18.4) with Marshall leading the way averaging 6.0 apg.
As a team, UNLV scores 80.0 ppg, while allowing opponents 63.6 ppg. The Runnin’ Rebels shoot 42.7% from the field, 31.3% behind the 3-point line, and 74.6% from the charity stripe.
Cal is headlined by juniors Allen Crabbe (22.4 ppg) and Justin Cobbs (18.7 ppg). Junior Richard Solomon chips in 7.6 ppg. Sophomore David Kravish leads Cal in rebounding with 8.0 rpg, followed by Solomon (6.1 rpg) and Crabbe (5.7 rpg). Cobbs (3.1 apg) and senior Brandon Smith (3.0 apg) lead Cal in assists.
Cal averages 72.0 ppg and opponents score 64.9 ppg. The Golden Bears shoot 47.5% from the field, 34.2% behind the 3-point arc, and 74.7% from the free throw line. They also enjoy a rebounding advantage over opponents of 39.4 rpg to 32.0 rpg.
The numbers suggest UNLV would like to turn this game into a track meet, pushing the tempo on as many possessions as possible. On defense, the Runnin’ Rebels’ defense will apply dual focus on limiting scoring opportunities from Crabbe and Cobbs, challenging other Cal players to beat UNLV.
Cal’s defense will be challenged by UNLV’s many scoring options, as the Runnin’ Rebels’ lineup goes nine deep. On offense, Cobbs and Smith will need to drive and creating scoring opportunities for Crabbe on the perimeter and for Kravish and Solomon in the paint.
Both teams have solid rebounders, and the outcome could quite possibly be decided on the boards.
Tip off is 3 pm Pacific time.
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