UNLV vs Brigham Young

Time: 04:00 P.M. EST

It's been seven years since BYU swept a regular-season series from UNLV.

Another big effort from Jimmer Fredette against the Rebels, and the eighth-ranked Cougars should have a good chance to accomplish that feat Saturday afternoon in a Mountain West matchup in Provo, Utah.

The nation's leading scorer at 27.6 points per game, Fredette scored 39 to help BYU overcome a pair of 10-point deficits and snap an eight-game road skid to then-No. 25 UNLV with an 89-77 victory Jan. 5.

Fredette called it "one of the best wins we had in a long time."

UNLV coach Lon Kruger was more straight to point.

"BYU played great and kicked our tails," Kruger said.

That victory put BYU (21-2, 7-1) in position to beat the Rebels twice in the regular season for the first time since 2003-04.

Though Fredette has totaled 69 points his last two games versus UNLV, he's scored a combined 35 in three career home games against the Rebels. He was held to seven on 2-of-10 shooting in the teams' last meeting at Provo, a 77-73 Cougars' victory Jan. 6, 2010.

BYU, however, had enough to overcome Fredette's poor offensive effort to earn its fourth win in five home games against the Rebels.

With history in their favor, the Cougars could have even more momentum heading into this contest after Fredette converted a key 3-point play with 47 seconds to help BYU leave Wyoming with a 69-62 win Wednesday.

Fredette finished with 26 points on just 7-of-21 shooting as the Cougars overcome 40.7 percent shooting and their lowest-scoring game of the season to bounce back from an 86-77 loss at New Mexico last Saturday.

BYU is tied with San Diego State atop the Mountain West standings.

"Sometimes you have to be a little bit lucky to keep going," BYU coach Dave Rose said after his team was held well below its scoring average of 83.5 points.

Despite his own rough shooting night, Fredette's teammates continue to marvel at their star's ability to come through in the clutch.

"It's hard to believe Jimmer has been doing that all year," BYU swingman Charles Abouo told the school's official website. "Some guys will play well in one game but will not play as well in the next game. With Jimmer it's every game. When he makes a great play one game, he forgets about it and comes back ready to do it again in the next game. That's his approach and it's great to have a guy like that on your team."

Though UNLV has struggled at BYU of late, the Rebels have the motivation to avenge last month's loss while trying for a fourth straight victory overall.

Kansas transfer Quintrell Thomas had 15 points with 16 rebounds, and Carlos Lopez added 14 points off the bench as the Rebels held Utah to 29.8 percent shooting from the field in Wednesday's 67-54 home victory.

Thomas, who went scoreless in five minutes against the Cougars earlier this season, has totaled 25 points and 23 rebounds the last two games since joining the starting lineup.

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

Mountain West
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Boise St.0-010-129
Fresno St.0-09-3111
San Diego St0-07-376
Utah St.0-06-6208
Air Force0-05-5311
Colorado St.0-04-6148
New Mexico0-03-8215
San Jose St.0-02-7342
West Coast
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
St. Marys0-09-273
San Diego0-08-359
San Fran.0-06-3160
Santa Clara0-03-7340

Related Video


CBSSports Shop

Men's Nike White Villanova Wildcats 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball National Champions Locker Room T-Shirt

Villanova Wildcats 2016 National Champs
Get the Locker Room Gear!
Shop Now

Key Players
28.3 Min. Per Game 34.3 Jimmer<br>Fredette
13.0 Pts. Per Game 27.6
1.7 Ast. Per Game 4.2
5.5 Reb. Per Game 3.5
48.9 Field Goal % 47.4
34.9 Three Point % 41.8
78.0 Free Throw % 88.5
Other Games
PROV 81 Final
W Virg 50 Final
SC 60 Final
Syracuse 72 Final
S Florida 49
Baylor 76 Final
Tx A&M 74
Wash 76 Final
Oregon 81
Kansas 86 Final
Nebraska 66
Cincinnati 59 Final
NCST 52 Final
UConn 61 Final
Colorado 73 Final
Missouri 89
DEP 57 Final
Louisville 61
Arizona 107 Final
California 105
Kentucky 68 Final
Florida 70
TXTCH 60 Final
Texas 76
Boise St 49 Final
Utah St 77
TCU 53 Final