Breakdown: Fresno State vs. UNLV
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Breakdown: Fresno State vs. UNLV

Fresno State currently sits in last place in one of the toughest leagues in college basketball. With only seven victories and four home games remaining, the Bulldogs might not notch another win in the strong MWC. Kansas transfer Braeden Anderson is finally eligible, but can he make an impact for ‘Dogs to take down old rival UNLV tonight. Check inside for the breakdown…

Fresno State 7-13 (1-6) vs. UNLV 17-5 (4-3)

PG: Aaron Anderson (6-3, 190, Fr.) vs. Anthony Marshall (6-3, 200, Sr.)

Anthony Marshall has made a very smooth transition to being the Rebels' primary point guard this season. Marshall is averaging a Mountain West best eight assists in conference play along with 12.3 points per game. Aaron Anderson has had zero points and zero assists in his last three games on 13 minutes per game as the Bulldogs have turned to Allen Huddleston off the bench.

Advantage: UNLV

SG: Marvelle Harris (6-4, 200, Fr.) vs. Katin Reinhardt (6-5, 210, Fr.)

Katin Reinhardt is the Rebel's first option from three-point range. The freshman shoots the majority of his shots from the perimeter at a 35% clip. Freshman Marvelle Harris has been inconsistent on offense, but gives the Bulldogs solid minutes.

Advantage: UNLV

SF: Tyler Johnson (6-2, 180, Jr.) vs. Bryce Dejean-Jones (6-5, 200, So.)

Tyler Johnson is averaging 14.3 points in conference play on a 50% clip from the field. Johnson has been the only consistent scorer for the Bulldogs, scoring in double digits in his last eight full games. Bryce Dejean-Jones gives UNLV another scoring option while averaging 2.7 assists and contributing on the boards.

Advantage: Fresno State

PF: Kevin Foster (6-8, 230, Sr.) vs. Anthony Bennett (6-8, 240, Fr.)

Anthony Bennett may be the most talented player that the Bulldogs face this season. Bennett leads all freshmen in scoring at 18.5 points per game while averaging 8.5 rebounds per game, posting eight double-doubles. It will likely be Bennett's only appearance in the Save Mart Center, as the freshman is projected to be a lottery pick in this year's NBA draft.

Advantage: UNLV

C: Jerry Brown (6-7, 220, Jr.) vs. Khem Birch (6-9, 220, So.)

Pittsburgh transfer Khem Birch is averaging a solid 8.2 points and 6.2 rebounds since gaining his eligibility in December. Jerry Brown's contributions on offense disappeared with just one shot in his last two games, but it's his defense against the bigs in the Mountain West that is most valuable to the Bulldogs.

Advantage: UNLV

Benches:

Allen Huddleston has averaged 15.3 points off the bench in his last three games for Fresno State. Kevin Olekaibe comes off his best game of the season and the Bulldogs add Kansas-transfer Braeden Anderson into the rotation for his first game. UNLV's Mike Moser has not been the same player that averaged 12.3 points and 9.2 rebounds since returning from a dislocated elbow.

Advantage: Fresno State

Coaches: Rodney Terry vs. Dave Rice

Head coach Dave Rice is 43-14 in his second season after inheriting a strong UNLV program while Fresno State head coach Rodney Terry is 20-33 after taking over a struggling Bulldogs program. Rice's strong recruiting classes have the Rebels in position to make a run in the NCAA tournament.

Advantage: UNLV

Intangibles: Fresno State has had a week in between games to rest after a rough 1-6 start to conference play. Fresno State's last game after an extended rest resulted in a three point loss to then ranked San Diego State. The addition of Braeden Anderson could also give the Bulldogs a boost.

Advantage: Fresno State

Final Analysis/Prediction:

Fresno State comes out with high energy at home against a strong UNLV team. The Bulldogs keep it close through halftime, but in the end the talent difference becomes too much for them to handle. Big nights from Bennett and Marshall put Fresno State at 1-7 at the halfway mark in conference play.

PREDICTION: UNLV 68, Fresno State 58



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