The UNLV Rebels and the Richmond Spiders meet in college basketball action from the Ocean Center on Tuesday. Let's take a look at our UNLV vs. Richmond Prediction.
UNLV Takes L Against Florida State
The UNLV Rebels come into this one looking to bounce back from an 83-75 loss at the hands of Florida State last time out. Entering the game against FSU, Kalib Boone leads the Rebels in scoring with 14 PPG along with 5 RPG while Luis Rodriguez has 13.3 PPG with 6.7 RPG and 2.7 APG and Jalen Hill has 13.3 PPG with a team-high 8.7 RPG to lead the Rebels on the glass this season. Dedan Thomas has 11.7 PPG with 4.3 RPG and a team-high 6.3 APG to lead the Rebels in the assist department this season. As a team, UNLV is averaging 74.7 PPG on 47.1% shooting from the field, 33.3% from behind the arc and 72.9% from the foul line this season.
Richmond Falls To Colorado
The Richmond Spiders come into this one looking to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 64-59 loss to Colorado in their last matchup. Going into the Colorado game, Jordan King leads the Spiders in scoring with 18 PPG along with 4 RPG and 2.7 APG while Neal Quinn has 12 PPG with team-highs of 6.7 RPG and 5.3 APG to lead Richmond in rebounding and assists. DeLonnie Hunt has 11 PPG with 2.7 APG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Richmond up to this point in the year. Dji Bailey also has 9.7 PPG as well for the Spiders on the year. As a team, Richmond is averaging 81.3 PPG on 47.8% shooting from the field, 37.8% from three and 71.2% from the foul line this season.
I’m siding with Richmond here. These two teams match up fairly evenly statistically, but the difference for me here is that Richmond is just the better team defensively and they’re built to take away UNLV’s strength. UNLV is top-20 in 2-point shooting and Richmond’s 2-point defense is the best percentage of anywhere on the court of these two teams. The Spiders have a solid offense in their own right and I think that the Spiders take advantage here. Give me Richmond.