Okay, so I screwed up and didn't do a preview for Gonzaga on my blog. My bad. Check out the Arizona - Gonzaga thread that AZCATSFAN started, and the post game thread that was started for my thoughts on that game. Sorry 'bout not getting it on here before the game.
After upsetting the fourth-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs in Phoenix, the Wildcats now travel to Las Vegas to face off against UNLV. I for one, am worried about an emotional let down leading to the 'Cats getting upset by the Rebels. Arizona has to remain focused and intent upon their game plan because while UNLV isn't a great team, or as good as they have been in previous years, they are still a proud team with a strong home-court advantage. The Rebels are currently 8-2 with both losses (CAL & Cincy) coming at home.
The Rebels are a guard-propelled team that is a surprisingly good rebounding team despite their lack of height. But everything else about them is merely average in every regard. They give up 64 points a game while scoring 71. They shoot around 40% from the field, 30% from beyond the arc, and 67% from the charity stripe. There isn't a single aspect of their game that makes you go "look out."
But they quietly put together solid efforts because as a unit they are a team that does the "little things" that can often be the deciding factor in a close game.
The Rebels are led by PG Wink Adams who averages 14.2 ppg, has taken nearly 1/3 of the Rebels free throws this season, but is a poor shooter from the field, currently shooting .163 from beyond the arc.Rene Rougeau and Tre'Von Willis are averaging 10.1 points a piece and are tied for second on the leading scorers board, and fill the SG and SF position. Neither one is spectacular beyond the arc, but Rougeau crashes the boards (averaging nearly 6 a game).
- Make 'em shoot: Force Adams, Rougeau and Willis into taking long jumpshots as they are better around the rim and aren't pure shooters. Limit points in the paint to fewer than 16.
- Third times a charm: Get the ball to Hill - again. Hill should reach 20 points for the third consecutive game against the smaller Rebels.
- Come ready: Jump UNLV from the start. Score 15-20 points in the first 10 minutes.
- Play Smart: Arizona is the better team in this game, but if they play careless or unmotivated they are sitting ducks. Limit turnovers to 12 or fewer, or have a TO difference of -4.