Oregon vs. UNLV Prediction, Game Preview

    Oregon vs. UNLV prediction and game preview for when the Ducks and Rebels go head-to-head in the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

    December 3, 2015

    The UNLV Rebels will (technically) be back home in Las Vegas, to take on the Oregon Ducks, but the matchup is at a neutral site in the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Below is the Oregon vs. UNLV prediction and game preview.

    Oregon vs. UNLV Game Preview

    Game Broadcast

    Date: Friday, Dec. 4
    Game Time: 11 p.m. ET
    Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena
    Network: ESPN2

    Why You Need To Care

    If anything, it’s always fun to watch Oregon to see what kind of psychedelic uniform combination the team is going to storm out in.

    The No. 15 Ducks are 6-0 and look to follow up Monday’s win against Fresno State with a victory in “Sin City.” Oregon has won by an average of 14.5 points and is netting 78.8 points per game.

    UNLV technically can’t call this a home game because it’s at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, but it’s still in Las Vegas, so we’ll call it a one-sided, neutral-site matchup.

    The Rebels are 6-1 with their only loss coming to UCLA last week. They bounced back with three straight wins, including a 80-62 stomping of Prairie View on Saturday. UNLV averages 83.6.

    This might be a last-shot-wins kind of game.

    Why Oregon Will Win

    The Ducks have five guys averaging double-figure points: Tyler Dorsey, Dillon Brooks, Elgin Cook, Chris Boucher and Dwayne Benjamin. They’re combining for 82 percent of the offense. Oregon has forced 102 turnovers and committed 77, so as long as the Ducks protect the ball and make plays on defense, there will be a lot of quacking down in Vegas.

    Why UNLV Will Win

    Patrick McCaw has been a deadeye shooter so far this season: 53.4 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from three. Oregon only shoots 28.3 percent from the outside, while the Rebels knock down 33.8 percent of their triples. Some threes can turn this one in UNLV’s favor very quickly. Both teams have breached the 200-rebound mark, but the Rebels have out-rebounded their opponents by 39, while the Ducks have out-rebounded theirs by just three. Controlling the glass will go a long way for UNLV.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    We’ve already seen a few upsets happen this season. This won’t be one, but it sure will be close. The Rebels will fight hard on the boards, but the Ducks just have too many scoring options to rely on. Oregon will penetrate the lane and get to the basket — effectively avoiding having to make threes to space the floor. UNLV will hang in it until the end before the Ducks shut the door.

    Oregon vs. UNLV Prediction

    Robert Judin:
    Oregon 79, UNLV 77

    Jordan Cornette:
    Oregon 78, UNLV 75

    Line: Oregon -3

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