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.
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.
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.
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.
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