Men’s basketball meeting UNLV for rematch

The Horned Frogs (12-15, 4-8 Mountain West) look to bounce back Wednesday night on the road against a strong but inconsistent UNLV team.

TCU lost its earlier meeting with the Runnin’ Rebels 79-70 on Jan. 23. UNLV shot nearly 60 percent from the field in that game, and is averaging 74 points per game this season. The Frogs were within two with 1:05 left, but were unable to get any closer.

But lately, UNLV (20-7, 8-5 Mountain West) has been pretty inconsistent. It had a five game winning streak from late January through early February, but then lost three games in a row before dismantling Colorado State on Saturday 70-39.

After TCU’s game on Feb. 16,, in which they lost against San Diego State, head coach Jim Christian said he was not pleased with his team’s effort.

“They looked like a bunch of little kids playing men,” Christian said.

During practices this week, the main focus has been on defense, toughness and intensity. Sophomore guard Ronnie Moss said the last few practices have been some of the team’s best this season.

“If we play great defense, we have a chance to win,” Moss said.

Moss led the Frogs with 15 points against the Aztecs and has scored in double figures in seven consecutive games.

UNLV’s junior guard Tre’Von Willis leads the Rebels with an average of 18 points per game. He scored 30 points in the last meeting with the Horned Frogs and is in the running for Mountain West Conference Player of the Year.

A win for the Frogs would give them some confidence heading into the final games of the season. UNLV has an 11-3 record at home, but TCU has won two road games in a row.


When: 10 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

You can follow the action live on The Mtn. or KTCU FM 88.7 “The Choice.”