After some much-desired time at residence to get back again to a typical regimen, UNLV will head north for two video games against intrastate rival UNR.
The Rebels (6-7, 3-3 Mountain West) and Wolf Pack (10-7, 5-5) will idea off at 6 p.m. Sunday and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lawlor Gatherings Center in Reno.
UNLV went 5-1 on a homestand that ended Wednesday, including a Mountain West sequence sweep of New Mexico and a split with Utah State.
“We were in a position to have a consistent practice regimen, which helped us get improved,” UNLV coach T.J. Otzelberger reported. “We bought improved defensively, even though that didn’t clearly show as considerably Wednesday, but we did a excellent occupation the 5 other games there.”
Injuries have been an concern just lately for the Rebels. They’re nonetheless hunting for a consistent lead ballhandler with place guard Marvin Coleman out for the period.
Bryce Hamilton has taken on that responsibility at periods, but he’s hampered by an ankle personal injury he endured in the next sport against New Mexico. He performed towards Utah State but did not have his standard explosiveness, scoring 14 and two details. He was averaging a staff-high 20.3 points entering the collection.
Otzelberger stated Hamilton is questionable for the UNR online games. Nick Blake and David Jenkins, who scored 33 details in Wednesday’s 83-74 decline to Utah Condition, also have spent time at issue guard.
“To get some consistency (at point guard) would be great,” Otzelberger explained. “If you play your entire everyday living as a combo guard or a wing, it’s really hard to alter that mentality. You have to dribble the ball up court docket, get all people arranged and aid the offense. It’s not a normal issue, so we’ll get it performed by committee.”
Sophomore Moses Wooden has designed his way into the starting off lineup in the earlier two video games and responded. He scored 10 and 11 against Utah Condition, and his block of a past-second shot secured the Rebels’ 59-56 gain Monday.
The 6-foot-8-inch ahead offers the Rebels scoring, but Otzelberger said they have to have him to be a stable defender who can present aid with rim defense to center Mbacke Diong.
Guards Grant Sherfield and Desmond Cambridge lead UNR (10-7, 5-5). Sherfield averages a group-higher 18.5 factors, 93 helps and 27 steals. Cambridge averages 15.2 factors.