RUNNIN’ REBELS AT AIR FORCE WEDNESDAY NIGHT
UNLV men’s basketball team looking for third straight road win, 7 p.m. PT game to be televised by AT&T SportsNet
The UNLV men’s basketball team (12-4, 1-2 MW), winner of six of its last eight games, will be looking for its third straight victory on the road as it travels to Air Force (6-9, 0-3 MW) for a 7 p.m. PT game on Wednesday at Clune Arena.
The Runnin’ Rebels have dropped two of their first three conference games and are coming off an 85-78 home loss to Utah State on Saturday night. UNLV went 11-2 during non-conference play this season with their only two losses coming in overtime – at Northern Iowa and vs. Arizona (now ranked No. 17/21) at home.
The Runnin’ Rebels are eighth in the country in scoring (88.7 ppg), eighth in rebounding (41.75 rpg), 11th in field-goal percentage (50.9) and 17th in assists (17.9 apg). Individually, freshman forward Brandon McCoy and junior forward Shakur Juiston rank in the top 21 in the country in rebounding. McCoy is 18th with 10.3 rpg, while Juiston is 21th with 10.1 rpg. UNLV is the only team in the nation with two top-21 rebounders. McCoy ranks seventh in double-doubles with 10, while Juiston is 26th with seven. Senior guard Jordan Johnson is 15th in the nation in assists with 6.6 apg.
The 2017-18 season marks the second under head coach Marvin Menzies for the Runnin’ Rebels. Menzies and his staff brought in a recruiting class for this year that has been ranked as high as No. 12 in the country and features McCoy, who was a McDonald’s High School All-American, and Juiston, last year’s National Junior College Player of the Year. The Runnin’ Rebels also returned their leading scorer from last season – senior guard Jovan Mooring. Four Runnin’ Rebels are averaging double figures, led by McCoy’s 19.3 ppg, which ranks first in the Mountain West.
Wednesday’s game will be broadcast by AT&T SportsNet with Drew Goodman and Sed Bonner calling the action. Jon Sandler and former Runnin’ Rebel Robert Smith will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM and online via the UNLV Gameday App and TuneIn (link at UNLVRebels.com).