Breaking down UNLV’s basketball game against BYU

Updated December 15, 2018 - 1:53 pm

Breaking down UNLV’s basketball game against Brigham Young at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at T-Mobile Arena:

Backcourt

BYU starts a four-guard offense, with TJ Haws averaging 17.3 points, 5.1 assists and 4.5 rebounds. The other three also contribute 7.8 to 10.8 points. The Rebels’ guards have struggled to find consistency and will be pressured to make outside shots.

Edge: BYU

Frontcourt

Though the Cougars start one forward, he’s a good one. Yoeli Childs averages 22.8 points and 10.9 rebounds. The Rebels could be without starter Shakur Juiston (10.8 points, 8.8 rebounds) because of a knee injury.

Edge: BYU

Bench

If the Rebels have a talent advantage, it’s here. A good argument could be made that Amauri Hardy (10.4 points) should be starting at point guard. BYU’s Nick Emery is still working his way back from suspension for breaking NCAA rules and will need to play his way into form.

Edge: UNLV

Intangibles

There could be more BYU fans than UNLV supporters, and the Cougars are playing better with a three-game winning streak that includes victories over Utah State and Utah. The Rebels are trying to end a three-game slide.

Edge: BYU

Betting line

BYU -5½; total 153

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