2013 NCAA Tournament Profile: UNLV Rebels

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Record: 25-9

RPI: 22

BPI: 26

Conference: Mountain West Conference

How They Qualified: At-Large Berth

 

The UNLV Rebels entered the season with very high expectations. They weren’t exactly met. The Rebels lost just the third game of the season against a good Oregon team and Mike Moser missed some time. Not to mention, Moser’s numbers are not at all as good as they were last season, but some of that has to deal with less playing time.

Whether the case, UNLV was still a threat in the Mountain West Conference this season and they have one of the most talented freshman in the country in Anthony Bennett. We will get to him in a little bit.

 

What You Need to Know:

Leading Scorer: Anthony Bennett (16.1 ppg)

Leading Rebounder: Anthony Bennett (8.1 rpg)

Leading Passer: Anthony Marshall (5.9 apg)

Bad Losses: Fresno State (twice)

Good Wins: San Diego State (twice), New Mexico, Colorado State 

 

Alright back to that amazing freshman. Bennett has been great this season, as you can see by his scoring and rebounding stats per game. Bennett can beat teams in a variety of ways, whether if that is driving to the basket or knocking down the three-ball. It also helps that the kid is 6-foot-8.

Some victories that should be mentioned by this team, but aren’t quite good wins were victories over Iowa State and California in non-conference play.

The Rebels weren’t even the best team in the MWC this year, but there is no shame in that whatsoever and they are still a team that could make some noise in the Big Dance.

The UNLV Rebels are dancing!

 

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