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Mike Grimala
Covering UNLV sports and the occult for the Las Vegas Sun.
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Mike Grimala 2h
UNLV (15-11, 9-5) is currently in fifth place in the Mountain West. Against teams below them in the standings, the Rebels are 9-1; against teams above them, they are 0-4. They’ll get another crack at two teams above them over the next week.
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Mike Grimala 14h
Seeing a lot of Las Vegans on twitter who walked five miles through a foot of snow uphill to get to school back in the day. We get it. This was a dusting. Just let the kids have a snow day
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Mike Grimala 22h
Replying to @adamcandee
But look at that NET rating!
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Mike Grimala 22h
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KenPom/NET ratings UNR: 20/22 Utah State: 40/36 Obviously UNR is in for sure. And Utah State will be looking pretty bubblicious if they can avoid more than one more bad loss
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Mike Grimala 23h
If a team other than UNR or Utah State wins the Mountain West tournament, could this be a 3-bid league?
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Mike Grimala Feb 20
Replying to @MikeGrimala
Notice Nick Blair sprinkling his magic all over the top five 🎩🐰
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Mike Grimala Feb 20
UNLV's most used lineups in Mountain West play, in order of effectiveness
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Mike Grimala Feb 20
Mbacke Diong has a plus/minus rating of +41 in 92 minutes over the last three games (all UNLV wins). He has led the Rebels in plus/minus in each of those contests
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Mike Grimala Feb 20
For most of the season, UNLV has really struggled with its starting five on the floor together. With the caveat of weak competition over the last three games, it appears to be trending up now (even in the face of cold 3-point shooting). Getting Mbacke Diong healthy has been big
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Mike Grimala Feb 20
Over the last three games, UNLV's starting lineup of Robotham, Hardy, Clyburn, Ntambwe and Diong is +28 in just over 42 minutes of court time. They outscored the opposition in each of the three games (90-62 total).
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Mike Grimala Feb 20
UNLV's starting lineup of Robotham, Hardy, Clyburn, Ntambwe and Diong logged 21 minutes and 11 seconds against Wyoming on Tuesday, the most any lineup combination has played in a game this season. They outscored Wyoming, 49-32 (+17).
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Mike Grimala Feb 20
For the first time this season, UNLV's starting lineup of Robotham, Hardy, Clyburn, Ntambwe and Diong has a positive plus/minus for the season. That five-man combination has logged 81 minutes together in Mountain West play and outscored opponents, 155-149.
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Mike Grimala Feb 19
UNLV individual plus/minus vs. Wyoming: Mbacke Diong +14 Amauri Hardy +10 Kris Clyburn +9 Noah Robotham +8 Joel Ntambwe +8 Bryce Hamilton +3 Nick Blair +2 J. Tchamwa Tchatchoua -4 I believe this is Diong's third consecutive game as the Rebels' leader in plus/minus.
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Mike Grimala Feb 19
UNLV overcomes cold shooting to complete season sweep of Wyoming
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Mike Grimala Feb 19
UNLV is taking care of business against the bottom half of the Mountain West. They've already swept three opponents (New Mexico, San Jose State, Wyoming) and they can potentially sweep two more: vs. Boise State (March 2) at Colorado State (March 9) 🧹🧹🧹
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Mike Grimala Feb 19
Noah Robotham postgame, talking about how UNLV was able to win another game despite cold shooting and what it means to be 9-5 in the Mountain West
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Mike Grimala Feb 19
Final: UNLV 66, Wyoming 56. The Rebels survive another terrible shooting night (4-of-22 3FGs) and improve to 9-5 in Mountain West play (15-11 overall). Back to back road wins. Kris Clyburn scores 17, Mbacke Diong posts eight points and 11 rebounds.
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Mike Grimala Feb 19
Dagger. Noah Robotham sticks a corner 3 to push UNLV's lead to 62-53 with 1:09 to play. Rebels are just 4-of-22 from deep tonight, but that was a big one.
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Mike Grimala Feb 19
With 3:17 remaining, Amauri Hardy will shoot the first bonus free throw for either team tonight. Dang, almost made it a full 40 minutes
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Mike Grimala Feb 19
UNLV let Wyoming hang around, and now it's a one-possession game coming down the stretch and Wyoming has the best player. White-knuckle time for the Rebels. UNLV hanging onto a 55-53 lead with 3:34 to play. Justin James will shoot an and-1 free throw after the timeout.
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