Vegas is a riddle: UNLV has a talented group of players even without star forward Mike Moser, who’s out with an injury. Anthony Bennett is the best freshman I’ve seen (haven’t seen Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart yet). He looks NBA ready to me, big body, inside-outside game, can handle the ball, tries on defense).
However, the Rebels have chemistry problems. I’m not a believer in the theory that you have to have a “true’’ point guard, that is one little guy who just distributes the ball. If you have players who know how to play together, you can all share the ball and succeed. Right now, Vegas doesn’t have either.
For example, they should have coasted home with an easy victory over UTEP Monday night, but struggled to leave El Paso with a 62-60 victory as the Miners missed a three at the buzzer. It’s going to be a challenge for coach Dave Rice.
Meanwhile, UTEP looked great in the Texas Western throwback uniforms. I say just keep wearing them. The Miners should be a Conference USA (or should we call it the new Big East) contender, they’re young but getting better. They feature two sons of former college basketball bad boy Chris Washburn. No one said he couldn’t play and his two sons, Julian and Chris, are talented too
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