Home sweet home.
After a rough week on the road that featured an overtime loss at TCU and a blowout setback at New Mexico, the UNLV Rebels (22-6, 6-4 Mountain West) are happy to be back at the Thomas & Mack Center tonight for a 7:15 p.m. game against resurgent Boise State (13-12, 3-7).
The Rebels, who play three of their final four Mountain West games at the T&M, are undefeated in 14 games on their home floor this season.
“It’s good for us to be coming home right now,” junior guard Anthony Marshall said.
Despite the lopsided loss to the Lobos, the 21st-ranked Rebels still haven’t given up hope of claiming at least a share of the regular season Mountain West championship.
UNLV could close to within one game of 18th-ranked New Mexico (22-5, 8-3), which lost at Colorado State (17-9, 6-5), 71-63, on Tuesday night, with a victory tonight. The Lobos still must play at TCU (15-11, 5-5), which is unbeaten at home in Mountain West play, on Saturday night. A Horned Frogs win could make next Wednesday’s game at Colorado State for all the marbles when it comes to conference tiebreakers.
That’s as long as the Rebels continue to take care of business at home starting tonight against a young and improving Boise State squad that brings in the conference’s longest winning streak at three games.
“We’re a confident group, we take on the personality of our coach,” Marshall said. “He still believes anything is possible as we do as a group.”
It should be pointed out Marshall made that statement after practice Tuesday BEFORE the Lobos were upset in Fort Collins.
“We can’t really worry about what’s going on around the league,” Marshall said. “We have to worry about our business and take it one game at a time.”
To hear the rest of Marshall’s comments on tonight’s game, click on the video below: