Boise State looks to end streak vs UNLV
Boise State (11-17, 6-9) vs. UNLV (15-13, 9-7)
Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas; Saturday, 10:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: UNLV looks to extend Boise State’s conference losing streak to five games. Boise State’s last MWC win came against the San Jose State Spartans 105-57 on Feb. 9. UNLV lost 89-73 at Nevada in its most recent game.
BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Justinian Jessup is averaging 13.8 points and 4.4 rebounds to lead the way for the Broncos. Alex Hobbs is also a key contributor, accounting for 12.4 points per game. The Runnin’ Rebels have been led by Kris Clyburn, who is averaging 13.5 points and 5.3 rebounds.
JUMPING FOR JUSTINIAN: Jessup has connected on 41.7 percent of the 175 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 11 of 23 over the last three games. He’s also converted 70.8 percent of his free throws this season.
WINLESS WHEN: The Runnin’ Rebels are 0-6 when they score 65 points or fewer and 15-7 when they exceed 65 points. The Broncos are 0-10 when allowing 72 or more points and 11-7 on the season, otherwise.
COLD SPELL: Boise State has lost its last three road games, scoring 67 points, while allowing 76.3 per game.
SECOND CHANCES: UNLV has posted an excellent offensive rebound percentage of 36.4 percent this year. That figure is ranked 14th in the country. The offensive rebound percentage for Boise State stands at just 24.6 percent (ranked 303rd).