UNLV (12-7, 3-3) AT NEVADA (11-7, 3-3)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Lawlor Events Center
TV/Radio: ESPNU/630 AM or 94.5 FM
Coaches: Todd Simon (UNLV) and Eric Musselman (Nevada)
Series history: UNLV leads 58-22
Probable starters: UNLV: F — Dwayne Morgan (4.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg) and Derrick Jones (10.3, 3.4); C — Stephen Zimmerman (10.2, 9.2), G — Patrick McCaw 12.5, 3.4) and Jerome Seagears (9.9, 2.8). NEVADA: F: Cameron Oliver (11.0, 7.1) and D.J. Fenner (12.7, 4.6); G — Marqueze Coleman (17.4, 4.4), Tyron Criswell (11.0, 5.8) and Lindsey Drew (5.2, 4.2).
Notes: Since former Findlay Prep coach Todd Simon took the reins from Dave Rice at UNLV, the Rebels have beaten New Mexico (86-74), Air Force (100-64) and Utah State (80-68). It’s the first time UNLV has scored 80 or more points in three straight conference games since the 1999-2000 season. The team is averaging 88.7 in that span ... Former Bishop Gorman star Stephen Zimmerman is averaging 10.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. He has three straight double-doubles. He has started the last five games ... Only UNLV starter, Jerome Seagears, is a senior. The rest of the starting lineup has two freshmen (Zimmerman and Jones) and two sophomores (McCaw and Morgan) ... Nevada at 11-7 is off to its best start since the 2011-12 squad went 15-3 ... Nevada is coming off a road win at Wyoming, its first win over the Cowboys since 1938. The Pack shot 50 percent from beyond the 3-point line ... Nevada has already won more games than it did last year ... Nevada is 6-1 at home, the lone loss coming against Boise State ... Five players — Coleman (17.4), Fenner (12.7), Oliver (11.0), Criswell (11.0) and Eric Cooper Jr. (10.1) average double figures in scoring. The group scores 80 percent of the Pack’s points and account for 62 points per contest ... In 13 of the 18 games, Nevada’s bench has outscored the opposition...The Pack has 120 blocked shots, a 6.7 average per contest. They sit second and third, respectively, in the nation.