Pacific vs UNLV Basketball Preview and Prediction
Pacific vs UNLV Preview
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
10:00 p.m. ET
Thomas & Mack Center-Las Vegas,NV
Get to know Pacific
The Tigers enter Tuesday’s contest off back-to-back victories against Stanislaus State (Nov. 13) and most recently at Idaho State on Nov. 15 where Pacific claimed the victory by a score of 83-76. Three players — Ajare Sanni, Jahlil Tripp, Anthony Townes — all scored 14 points to help the Tigers to their third victory on the season. Freshman Sanni had a career night and was credited with helping Pacific to a significant victory, scoring all 14 of his points in the second half.
Senior Anthony Townes is shooting a team-high 70.6 from the field. He is averaging 14.3 points per game.
Jahlil Tripp does it all for the Tigers, averaging 11.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.3 steals per game.
Roberto Gallinat is among the top free throw shooters in the league, shooting 89.0 percent after making 17-of-19 attempts this season.
Get to know UNLV
After losing the season opener to Loyola Marymount 61-50, UNLV has ripped off two straight wins beating UC Riverside, 72-51, last Tuesday for their first victory of the season, then they defeated Oakland, 74-61, on Friday night.
UNLV returns seven student-athletes who saw action last season, which is the most for the program from the previous season in seven years. This year’s team adds two transfer redshirts and six freshmen. Last year, UNLV won 20 games for the first time in four years. It also marked a nine-game improvement in the win column from the previous season.
Senior Shakur Juiston leads the Rebels with 12 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.
Cheikh Mbacke Diong is not easily pronounced, but the 6’11 sophomore is a force in the paint, blocking 3.3 shots per game. He also averages 8.7 points and 7 rebounds a night.
UNLV leads the all-time series 31-9. Pacific has been on a win streak in the series however, having won three of the last four meetings between the two programs.
LINE: -4 UNLV
This is an intriguing matchup between a pair of teams I haven’t quite been able to figure out. The Rebels have looked solid the last two games, but their opening dud to Loyola Marymount has me struggling to pick them to win this game, let alone cover the spread.
Pacific has a solid group of guys, but their talent leaves a lot to be desired.
Ultimately, I believe UNLV will have too much size inside and that will be enough to pull out the victory at home.
UNLV 80 Pacific 73