Poised to make their third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, with the utmost confidence, we can say UNLV has its best team in years, ranked in the Top 20 and posting wins over then top-ranked North Carolina and Illinois this season.
Most of the analysts have been focusing on a pair of UCLA transfers as the keys to success- senior Chace Stanback and sophomore Mike Moser- and rightfully so. Stanback is averaging a team-best 15.3 points behind stellar perimeter shooting (.500 from behind the arc with 42 made 3s, 13th in the country) and Moser, who is really playing his first meaningful minutes despite being a freshman in 2009-10, is averaging a double-double with 14 points and 11.1 rebounds per game, 10th in the country at this time.
However, the spark as of late has been the play of junior guard Anthony Marshall stepping up as a reliable third option. He scored just double-figures five times in his first 13 games of action (9 points per game), but has scored in double-figures in three straight games (17 points per game) and has turned into a reliable playmaker (5 assists, 8.3 rebounds) during this span as well.