#5 UNLV (25-9) vs. #12 California (20-11) is a game filled with talent. Most of it is on the UNLV side, but Cal has a couple scorers worth watching.
Will NBA prospect UNLV’s Anthony Bennett make a splash in the tournament or will he be the latest “one & done” college athlete to only leave a ripple?
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The UNLV Rebels have a tradition of making noise in the NCAA Tournament. They haven’t been very loud since Larry Johnson and Greg Anthony were on the court, but they have a chance this season.
UNLV’s roster is filled with talent. Bennett, as I mentioned previously, is the best power forward prospect in college basketball. In today’s basketball arena, it’s rare to find a player with post moves before they enter the NBA. The other standouts on UNLV are Katin Reinhardt, Bryce Dejean-Jones, Khem Birch and Mike Moser.
If UNLV had put it all together this season, they could have been a #1 or #2 seed.
The Cal Bears have a vanilla resumé . Their only notable wins were against Arizona and Oregon. They also have a pedestrian offense with no outside shooting. If they had to rely on players other than Allen Crabbe or Justin Cobbs to score, Cal couldn’t function.
I’m not sure why Cal is becoming a popular upset pick. I’ve watched a few of their games this season and nothing they’ve done has impressed me. I don’t want to pick them apart, but I really don’t like their chances against UNLV.
Prediction: #5 UNLV Rebels
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