UNLV vs Illinois: NCAA Preview & Prediction

    
March 15th, 2011
(8) UNLV vs. (9) Illinois

Southwest Region - Tulsa

March 18 - 9:20 TBS

 

This close 8-9 matchup offers quite the contrast in terms of how the two teams enter the tournament. UNLV has played well in recent weeks, winning six straight before falling to San Diego State in the Mountain West semis. Illinois on the other hand has failed to to establish any kind of consistency, losing five of their last eight games. The Rebels do a good job of defending and have a number of versatile options on offense, led by wings Chace Stanback and Tre'Von Willis. The confusing aspect of the Illini's struggles is that they've got experience with Demetri McCamey, Mike Davis and Mike Tisdale leading the way. But are these guys capable of leading this talented group, or will they end their careers with a whimper? Toughness has been an issue for Illinois, and UNLV will test them in that area from the opening tip.

 

Stars to Watch:

G/F Chace Stanback (UNLV)

G Demetri McCamey (Illinois)

 

Faces Winner Of: Kansas vs Boston U

 

Vegas Odds:

UNLV -1.5

 

Predictions:

RealTimeRPI: UNLV 67 - Illinois 62

KenPom: Illinois 68 - UNLV 67

CollegeHoops.net Betting Pick: UNLV