RENO — Breaking down UNLV’s basketball game against No. 12 UNR at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Lawlor Events Center:
UNR’s Caleb Martin (foot and ankle) and Cody Martin (hip) are hobbled, which gives UNLV an opening. Caleb Martin averages 19.3 points and 4.9 rebounds, and Cody Martin averages 10.7 points and 5.2 assists. UNLV’s backcourt has picked up its game in Mountain West play, with each player averaging in double figures.
The Wolf Pack’s Jordan Caroline (Achilles tendon) also is dealing with health problems. He is a load when healthy, averaging 18.3 points and 9.6 rebounds. UNLV’s Mbacke Diong continues to become a force in the middle, totaling 26 rebounds over the past two games and adding some offense with 16 points.
Nick Blair has become the Rebels’ top and most consistent reserve, averaging 6.9 points and 4.9 rebounds. The bench beyond him hasn’t been as consistent. UNR faces a similar situation with Tre’Shawn Thurman averaging 7.3 points and 5.6 rebounds and not getting much else.
UNLV took advantage of a short-handed Wolf Pack team last season, and the Rebels could have the opportunity to do so again. They have to play at their top level and hope for an off game by UNR, but there is an opening.
UNR -17; total 152½