Wednesday night marks one of the “game of the year” candidates in the Mountain West Conference, but unfortunately, one of the two teams will be severely undermanned without arguably their best player.
UNLV forward Roscoe Smith (concussion) will miss Wednesday’s game against San Diego State.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 3, 2014
The UNLV Rebels, who currently sit in 3rd place in the MWC standings, welcome the #13th-ranked San Diego State Aztecs to town, but their best big man, Roscoe Smith will be on the sidelines with a concussion. Smith is the leading rebounder in the conference at 11.0 boards per game, and he is a double-double machine, averaging 11.0 points per game on nearly 53% shooting.
Without Smith in the lineup, an already tall task becomes even more difficult for UNLV, as they will be giving up size and athleticism to the Aztecs. Per an official release by the team, Smith will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis moving forward (he did not practice on Tuesday), but in the short term, the blow is significant.
Guys like Carlos Lopez-Sosa (who will reportedly start in Smith’s place) will be called upon to do things they don’t normally do, but if the Rebels have any shot, it’ll be a total team effort.