Arizona-UNLV pregame: How Carson hurt Rebels

2013-12-07T09:45:00Z 2013-12-07T14:43:55Z Arizona-UNLV pregame: How Carson hurt RebelsBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

So how did Jahii Carson drop 40 points at UNLV on Nov. 19 anyway?

UNLV coach Dave Rice said he focused on stopping the Sun Devils' perimeter shooting game. That strategy both worked (ASU shot 5 for 20 from three) but also backfired, allowing Carson more opportunities. Carson was effective in transition, gaining multiple and-ones, and called on Jordan Bachynski to set ball screens, according to the Republic game story .

"He was fabulous in that game," Rice said. "We wanted to make sure we limited them from three but we didn't do a great job of containing Jahii. 

"They're a much-improved team. They're hard to play against. You think about Jahii being one of the premier players in the game and then the way they space the floor with the three."

Some links of possible interest before today's UA-UNLV game at 3:15 p.m. (ESPN2 with Miles Simon and Roxy Bernstein):

-- The Las Vegas Review-Journal looks at Nick Johnson and the Findlay Prep connection at UA.

-- Rice was one of the guys who signed that ball in the UA locker room back in 1991.

-- ESPN's Eamonn Brennan wonders how bad UNLV really is.

-- The Rebels tried to prepare for the expected crowd noise today at McKale.

-- UA is a 15.5-16-point favorite to win today, according to Vegas Insider.

-- Before the season, SI's Andy Glockner wrote that this is a key season for Rice.

-- Here's the box score from that 2011 Elite Eight game that UNLV's Roscoe Smith played in against Arizona.

-- Smith was quoted in the Las Vegas Sun as saying UA would be "intimidated by us," though he told the Star that he just meant UNLV has a lot of confidence.

--Here's our main preview package (story, scouting report and notebook). We also have a photo gallery.

-- And the official game notes from UNLV and Arizona.

Banged-up Stanford lost guard Aaron Bright for the season, and maybe for good. Bright will apply for a medical redshirt year, then transfer and play his final year of eligibility elsewhere, since the Cardinal has all its scholarships accounted for next season, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Michigan coach John Beilein looked back at his offense's struggles against Duke.

New Mexico State, UA's next opponent, will take on Gonzaga tonight at 9 p.m. (ESPNU).

Parker Jackson-Cartwright helped lead Loyola High School into a Santa Monica tournament final today with 14 points and 11 assists.

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