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Breaking down UNLV’s game at Hawaii Saturday

Breaking down UNLV’s basketball game against Hawaii at 2 p.m. Saturday at Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu:


Hawaii’s Brocke Stepteau is making 46 percent of his 3-pointers, and Drew Buggs leads the Big West Conference with 5.4 assists per game. UNLV has to hope that Noah Robotham’s 4-for-8 3-point shooting last Saturday against Brigham Young that included the winning shot snapped him out of his slump.

Edge: Hawaii


Shakur Juiston is gone for perhaps the entire season, a tremendous blow to the Rebels. But Mbacke Diong (8.7 points, 6.3 rebounds) and Joel Ntambwe (7 of 9 from 3-point range in the past three games) could help make up the difference. Hawaii’s Zigmars Raimo leads the Big West in shooting at 62.9 percent.

Edge: UNLV


Rebels coach Marvin Menzies hasn’t been afraid to go deep into his bench, which is shortened a little due to Juiston’s knee injury. Samuta Avea (5.6 points, 4.7 rebounds) is the Rainbow Warriors’ top player off the bench.

Edge: UNLV


As the host team, the Warriors will have the comfort of being in their home arena, making this more of an away than neutral game for the Rebels.

Edge: Hawaii

Betting line

Pick; total 138

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