Five takeaways from the UNLV basketball team’s 81-69 loss at Boise State on Tuesday:
1. The accumulation of minutes really does matter. It’s admiral of the players to say they’re willing to play entire games, but that doesn’t mean they should. And a Tuesday game following an overtime Saturday game is a lot to ask. UNLV was clearly a tired team in the second half.
2. Help is on the way. Interim coach Todd Simon is optimistic Stephen Zimmerman Jr., who has been out with a sprained left knee since Feb. 6, will play in Saturday’s 5 p.m. game against Wyoming at the Thomas & Mack Center. Getting him back would be crucial from a strategic standpoint as well as providing his teammates with a little more rest.
3. The Rebels can be a factor in March. They play hard even shorthanded, so if Zimmerman returns and Dwayne Morgan (separated right shoulder) gets back before the Mountain West tournament, the Rebels would be a team others don’t want to face.
4. Next week can’t come soon enough. UNLV wasn’t crazy about having its “bye week” at the end of the season, but now the Rebels are thankful for the timing. After playing Wyoming, they don’t hit the court again until a week later at San Diego State. They badly need that time off.
5. Don’t forget about Wyoming. The Cowboys are 13-15 overall and 6-9 in the Mountain West, but they also have Josh Adams, who averages 24.5 points per game. UNLV, which has been very good at home, needs to take care of business.
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