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Nevada-Arizona State: Three keys to victory and a prediction


Nevada hasn’t been a good offensive rebounding team (for one, it doesn’t miss many shots), but it does do an excellent job on the defensive glass.


Nevada has done a great job of avoiding turnovers – just 8.9 per game, which ranks third in the nation – so giving the ball away shouldn’t be an issue against Arizona State.


That number is buoyed by Jazz Johnson, the team’s sixth man who is hitting treys at a 56.8 percent clip, which places him seventh in the nation.


If the Wolf Pack, which will be shooting in an NBA arena, which is an adjustment given the sight lines, hits those 3-point attempts at its usual rate, it should remain undefeated.


During Bobby Hurley’s four seasons as Arizona State’s head coach, the Sun Devils have beaten five Top 25 teams, including three away from home.


Meanwhile, Nevada hasn’t played a team as good as Arizona State, but it has passed road tests against Loyola-Chicago and USC with flying colors the last two times out.






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