Monday, January 10, 2011
UNLV confident going into San Diego State
By Diamond Leung
UNLV might have gotten beaten up badly at home by BYU last week, but that hasn't taken away the Rebels' swagger.
"We just got to do a good job of having all five guys... moving around, talking, yelling at each other, having that fire in our eyes, where you can look at each other and be like, 'No, we're winning this game,'" guard Tre'Von Willistold reporters moments after the 12-point loss.
"When we do that, I don' t think no team in the country can beat us."
Willis will get another chance to prove that when UNLV plays at San Diego State on Wednesday and looks to hand the Aztecs their first loss of the season.
Expect the Rebels to remain confident going into this one even after having a tough time in the Mountain West opener. They followed up the BYU loss by blasting TCU 83-49 with Willis leading the way and the team putting together its most focused 40-minute performance of the season, according to coach Lon Kruger.
"You naturally come back with a little bit more urgency," Kruger explained.
"We can't let it obsess all our thoughts," coach Steve Fisher said. "We embrace it. I do believe our kids have embraced it the right way."
Viejas Arena has been sold out for this game since before the new year, with this game circled on many calendars as the one where San Diego State's run will face its greatest test.
The Rebels realize this of course and will also go into the game remembering how the Aztecs beat them on their home floor last year to win the MWC conference tournament championship game as a prelude to what's been a dream season.
"It's really great for our league," Kruger said. "They're very deserving of that."