UNLV Runnin’ Rebels senior guard Elijah Mitrou-Long is listed as doubtful with a knee injury for the Mountain West tournament quarterfinal matchup against the Boise State Broncos on Thursday. UNLV is not an NCAA Tournament at-large team, so its only path to March Madness would come with a magical run through the Mountain West tournament.
Mitrou-Long suffered a deep knee bruise during Saturday’s win over the San Jose State Spartans. Reporter Mike Grimala covers UNLV for the Las Vegas Sun and tweeted about the importance of Mitrou-Long in the lineup.
Elijah Mitrou-Long practiced in a limited capacity today but is “unlikely” to play tomorrow against Boise State.— Mike Grimala (@MikeGrimala) March 4, 2020
Not the news UNLV fans were hoping for.
A reminder why EML is the key to the Rebels’ tournament hopes: pic.twitter.com/If8kwvArfZ
Mitrou-Long has been a key piece to UNLV’s five-game winning streak. He is averaging 17.6 points per game during that span. On the season in 19 games, Mitrou-Long averages 12.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.7 steals.
UNLV will return forward Donnie Tillman, who is playing for the first time since Feb. 10 with a knee injury. He averaged 10.1 points and 4.7 rebounds before the injury.
UNLV and Boise State just played each other last week on Feb. 26 in a 77-66 win for the Rebels. Mitrou-Long went for 16 points on 7 of 14 shooting. Even likely without Mitrou-Long, the Rebels come in to tonight’s game as 2.5-point favorites in Las Vegas.
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