UNLV not lacking confidence

Roscoe Smith

UNLV coach Dave Rice and forward Roscoe Smith have plenty of confidence coming into Tucson on Saturday. Read on to see why that is and more.

UNLV may be the underdog against Arizona on Saturday, but it is not because the Rebels are lacking confidence.

In fact, you could say just the opposite for UNLV's Roscoe Smith.

"We will be an underdog in some people's eyes, but we have confidence in our guys," Smith said. "A lot of us definitely put the hard work in, so at the end of the day it's a basketball game.

"They put their socks on the same way we put our socks on. We're definitely not intimidated by them at all, shockingly they are probably intimidated by us."

UNLV coach Dave Rice was a bit more subdued when talking about the game with Arizona.

"It's a huge game and a huge opportunity against a team that just beat Duke on a neutral floor, but it's a team that we feel like we have an opportunity to go in and compete with," he said.

Rice realizes that in order for the Rebels to come up with the upset, chances are that they are going to have to find a way to force Arizona to play their game.

"I don't care who we're playing, I don't care if we're playing the number one team in the country or we're playing another opponent, we're at our best when we are getting stops and running the ball up the floor," he said.

"We're a very, very good offensive transition team, but it's hard to be a good transition team when you are taking the ball out of the net."

Smith believes that UNLV has done just that as of late, which has led to increased confidence for Saturday's contest.

"It definitely gives us a lot of confidence, especially since we have a tough opponent coming up in Arizona," Smith said. "We're definitely not going to think we're going to beat Arizona by 30 points, but are definitely going to compete with them and that is going to be a good game because we feel we can definitely hang with them."

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