• Utah State (9-7, 2-1 MW) continues its MW slate on Saturday, traveling to UNLV on Saturday, Jan. 6, facing the Runnin’ Rebels at 7 p.m. (PT).
• UNLV leads the all-time series 32-5, including an 18-1 advantage in Las Vegas. The Runnin’ Rebels have won five straight in Las Vegas, dating back to the 1995-96 season.
• Utah State has scored 80 or more in four of the last five games and is averaging 82.6 points per game over the same five-game stretch.
• Utah State’s transition offense has also been strong over the last four as the Aggies have recorded 47 fast break points to the oppositions’ 19.
• Utah State has been strong at the free throw line during league play, ranking third in the Mountain West and shooting 79.1 percent (34-of-43) at the charity stripe.
• Sophomore guard Koby McEwen has scored in double figures in four of the last five games, including three games with 20 or more points.
• McEwen ranks second in scoring in the Mountain West in league games, averaging 22.3 points per game over the first three conference games for the Aggies.
• Utah State is 289-220 all-time against members of the Mountain West, and league opponents make up six of the longest series in school history. The Aggies have faced Colorado State 95 times, fourth in school history, San José State 81 times, sixth in school history, Wyoming 76 times, seventh in school history, Fresno State 58 times, 14th in school history, Nevada 55 times, tied for 15th in school history, and Boise State 44 times, 19th in school history.
UNLV is 12-3 on the year and 1-1 in league play after opening its Mountain West slate with a loss against Boise State (83-74) before posting an 82-76 overtime victory at San José State in its last contest.
The Runnin’ Rebels are averaging 89.4 points per game and shooting 51.2 percent (474-of-926) from the floor, 38.6 percent (91-of-236) from behind the 3-point line and 68.8 percent (302-of-439) at the free throw line. Individually Brandon McCoy and Shakur Juiston pace the offense and each average double-doubles with 19.0 points and 10.3 rebounds per game, and 15.7 points and 10.4 rebounds per game, respectively. Jordan Johnson leads UNLV with a team-best 98 assists.
Defensively, UNLV opponents have averaged 74.5 points per game and have shot 40.7 percent (427-of-1,049) from the floor, 29.9 percent (85-of-284) from behind the 3-point line and 72.5 percent (179-of-247) at the free throw line. McCoy leads the team with 24 blocks and Johnson paces the Rebels with 21 steals.
Head coach Marvin Menzies is in his second year with the program, compiling an overall mark of 23-24 over that span.
Utah State’s starting five has accounted for close to 70 percent of the team’s total points this season, logging 824 of Utah State’s 1,189 points, good for 69.3 percent.
Where to Watch
The game against UNLV can been seen via the AT&T Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683).
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