Since some early-February bumps in the road, the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels have been streaking towards the Mountain West Conference Tournament.
In preparation of their final regular season game of the season this Saturday, UNLV currently boasts a five-game winning streak that they are hoping extend and carry forth into the conference tournament. The Runnin’ Rebels will play host to Fresno State on Saturday in a rematch of a game that they lost back during that early February slump.
The first time that these two teams faced off, the Bulldogs used their home court advantage to slip past UNLV by a final score of 64-55. Anthony Bennett scored 15 points in the loss, but outside of his production the front court was virtually quiet. Anthony Marshall led the way with 19 points, but overall UNLV struggled shooting the basketball. They were 4-of-21 from beyond the arc, while shooting just 35.0% from the field as a team.
This time around however, things should be different for the Runnin’ Rebels. A home court advantage and a five-game winning streak has positioned UNLV in a situation that could be dangerous to the rest of the conference. The last thing that league rivals wanted was a red-hot UNLV squad roaring into the tournament, let alone a New Mexico group that has seemingly stayed a step or two above the curve this season. The MWC Tournament will undoubtedly be one worth following.
The Runnin’ Rebels have the talent level to make some noise once the bracket is released and if they can keep up their winning ways prior to that, then watch out.
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