Southern Utah vs UNLV

Time: 10:00 P.M. EST

A second straight loss earlier this week will all but ensure UNLV's exit from the Top 25 when the new poll is released. However, they stand a pretty good chance of recording one more win before then.

No. 22 UNLV looks to improve to 20-0 against Southern Utah when they meet Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Since opening this season with nine straight wins for their best start since 1990-91, the Runnin' Rebels have struggled.

Last Saturday, UNLV led by five at halftime before falling 77-69 at then-No. 24 Louisville.

A return to Las Vegas didn't translate into a win, as the Runnin' Rebels shot 29.0 percent (18 of 62) from the field in a 68-62 loss to UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday.

"The No. 22 team in the nation should not have an off-night at home," said the Gauchos' James Nunnally.

Chace Stanback had 16 points, eight rebounds and five steals for UNLV (9-2), but coach Lon Kruger was disappointed with his entire team's shot selection.

"Anytime you lose you feel bad," he said. "At home, it's worse. We have to take better care of the ball. When you make shots it covers things up. When you don't make shots a lot of things come out and get you."

Shooting woes are the biggest reason for UNLV's slide.

During the 9-0 start, the Runnin' Rebels shot 53.3 percent from the field and made 39.0 percent of their 3-pointers. In the losses, UNLV shot 36.4 percent from the floor and 30.4 percent from beyond the arc.

Stanback's aim over the last two games has been particularly poor as he's shot 7 for 24. However, he's totaled 28 points while virtually matching his 14.1 scoring average this season.

Stanback and UNLV probably shouldn't have another off-night against Southern Utah (3-7), currently second-to-last in the Summit League. Since both schools became four-year institutions in 1963, the Runnin' Rebels have taken all 19 meetings including a 77-59 road win Dec. 15, 2009.

The Thunderbirds (3-7) snapped a three-game losing streak and earned their first home win of the season Tuesday, 68-51 over Oklahoma Panhandle State. Ryan Brimley came off the bench to score a team-high 16 points and Southern Utah set a school record with 13 blocked shots.

Ray Jones Jr. scored only five points - his second-lowest total of the season - but still leads the Thunderbirds with 11.4 points per game.

Since 1996, Southern Utah has lost all 11 matchups against ranked teams by an average of 18.5 points. The Thunderbirds' last such game was a 64-50 loss to No. 18 Florida in November 2008.

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Key Players
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Jones, Jr.
34.3 Min. Per Game 26.9 Chace<br>Stanback
11.4 Pts. Per Game 14.1
4.5 Ast. Per Game 1.4
3.6 Reb. Per Game 4.5
48.1 Field Goal % 52.7
- Three Point % 37
76.0 Free Throw % 75.9
Other Games
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USC 68 Final
Kansas 70
Illinois 54 Final
UIC 57
SC 57 Final
Ohio St 79
Arkansas 62 Final
Tx A&M 71
Grd-Web 49 Final
Louisville 78
K-State 44 Final
Florida 57
Indiana St 52 Final
Purdue 65
Texas 78 Final
NC 76
GONZ 68 Final
Baylor 64
BYU 79 Final
PV A&M 51 Final
Mich St 90
Md-E Shr 64 Final
IONA 77 Final
Syracuse 83
Delaware 59 Final
MS Val St 60 Final
Kentucky 85
CAR 63 Final
Missouri 116
UCSB 64 Final