The Runnin' Rebels of UNLV snagged a No. 6 seed in the South region and will be going head to head against the No.11 seeded Colorado Buffaloes in the opening round of the 2012 NCAA tourney.
A spark has lit the fuse causing the Buffaloes to stampede. After winning four straight games in the PAC-12 tournament, Colorado snatched up the conference title, which earned them a spot in the NCAA tourney. In terms of the win/loss column, the Buffaloes have a respectable record of 23-11.
Two Colorado players to watch out for are Andre Roberson and Carlon Brown. Roberson averages a double-double with 11.6 points per game and 11.1 rebounds per game. Brown chips in with 12.6 points per game for the Buffalo. With this duo competing, Colorado has a shot at taking a swipe at UNLV.
The Runnin' Rebels will have their hands full with Colorado, but should be able to hold off and ease the stampede. With Mike Moser's 14.1 points per game and 10.6 rebounds per game, he will help lead the Rebs. Although don't factor out Chace Stanback (12.7 points per game), Anthony Marshall (12.1 points per game), and Oscar Bellfield (9.8 points and 5.9 assists per game) to help contribute.
Three UNLV Keys to Victory:
- Crash the boards (no more easy offensive rebounds for opponent)
- Consistently knock down the 3 ball
- Speed up the tempo
- Work inside and then out to the perimeter offensively
- Work offense through Moser
- Get Stanback, Marshall, and Bellfield involved in offensive quickly
Colorado will hang for awhile but fade at the end. The Runnin' Rebels have too much talent and will outlast the Buffalo of Colorado.
UNLV 72 Colorado 57