LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 20: UNLV fans Amy Glowniak (L) and Hayley Hollander wear UNLV mascot Hey Reb costumes before the team's game against the Wisconsin Badgers at the Thomas & Mack Center November 20 2010 in Las Vegas Nevada. UNLV won 68-65. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
The regular season is on the verge of completion. Wyoming will be traveling to Las Vegas to take on the Rebels on week before the Mountain West tournament starts in the same city. The Cowboys (20-9,5-7) are winners of two straight and looking for a season sweep of UNLV (24-7,8-5). Taking the season series from the Rebels would be a big boost to the Cowboys post season options and also keep the momentum rolling into the tournament. The Thomas & Mack Center is a great venue and will certainly be a tough environment for the Cowboys to try and steal one on the road.
The Rebels have been up and down in conference play. They just suffered a big loss to Colorado State on Wednesday night66-59. The Rebels had a41-26 halftime lead before the Rams stored back. The Rebels are still loaded and have plenty of depth. Mike Moser struggled against the Cowboys but he is still averaging 13.9 points and 10.7 boards per game. Veteran guards Oscar Bellfield and Chace Stanback provide a talented backcourt. Bellfield leads the league with 5.2 assists per game and and Stanback is shooting 47.1% from behind the arc. Anthony Marshall is talented slasher who put 12 points and 5.2 rebounds a game.
The Cowboys had a dominating performance over TCU on Tuesday. It will be hard for them to repeat that exact performance but if they can keep some key traits from that game they can certainly hang with the Rebels. Reducing turnovers and keeping out of foul trouble will make things easier for the Cowboys in Vegas.
Here are a few stats on how the two teams compare:
Here is the stat breakdown for the Rebels: