Pokes Conclude Regular Season at No. 17 UNLV on Saturday
Mountain West Standings Come Down to Final Weekend
March 2, 2012
Laramie, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's basketball team wraps up regular-season play with another tough road test this weekend. The Cowboys (20-9, 5-7) clinched their first 20-win season in nine years with a dominant 71-59 victory over TCU last Tuesday, but face No. 17 UNLV (24-7, 8-5) in the Thomas & Mack Center at 8 p.m. on Saturday, a building where the Runnin' Rebels are a perfect 16-0 this season. UNLV sits one game back of league-leaders New Mexico and San Diedo State in the race for the Mountain West regular-season title, while the Pokes are sixth and one game back of TCU and Colorado State.
Fans can follow live stats and live audio of Wyoming's game through the men's basketball Gameday Central page on WyomingAthletics.com. The contest will be broadcast on the radio by the Cowboy Sports Network and televised on The Mtn.
A Look at the Matchup
Ranked 17th in both polls, UNLV entered the week tied for first in the conference standings with the Lobos and Aztecs. However, a 66-59 loss at Colorado State last Wednesday dropped them to third at 8-5 in league played and 24-7 overall. The Rebels had a 41-26 halftime lead, but were outscored 40-18 in the second half by the Rams to drop UNLV to 2-5 on the road during the MW season. The Rebels are a different team at home, though, having earned a perfect 6-0 mark in conference play and 16-0 overall this season. One of the most athletic teams in the league, UNLV has some offensive firepower. The Rebels' 77.7 points per game rank 16th in the NCAA, while their 18.1 assists are second, 8.5 threes per game are 16th and plus 11.4 scoring margin is 17th. Three of the four marks lead the Mountain West. Defensively, UNLV paces the league in blocks (4.8) to rank 37th in the nation, steals (8.5) for 14th and assist-turnover ratio (+1.3) for 14th also. UNLV is 3-3 since a 68-66 loss in Laramie on Feb. 4.
Each Team's Leaders
UNLV sophomore forward Mike Moser continues to assert himself as a leading candidate for the MW Newcomer of the Year award. He averages 13.9 points and 10.7 boards thanks to 13 double-doubles this season. He ranks second in the MW and sixth in the nation in rebounds, while ranking fifth in the MW in points. Senior guards Oscar Bellfield and Chace Stanback were picks on the preseason all-MW team and have been solid for the Rebels. Stanback adds 13.4 points and 4.7 rebounds, while shooting 47.1 percent beyond the arc to rank fifth in the nation from three. Bellfield paces the MW at 5.2 assists and is second in assist-turnover ratio at 2.2 to go with 9.9 points, while junior guard Anthony Marshall adds 12.0 points and 5.2 rebounds. Senior center Brice Massamba rounds out UNLV's probable starters at 6.2 points. Bellfield had 17 points against CSU and Marshall added 11.
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