RUNNIN’ REBELS HOST UTAH STATE SATURDAY
Game scheduled for 5 p.m. at Thomas & Mack Center
The UNLV men’s basketball team will be at home at the Thomas & Mack Center for the second straight game as it hosts Utah State on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 5 p.m.
The Runnin’ Rebels have lost three straight games – at Boise State on Jan. 13 in overtime (82-73), at San Diego State last Saturday (53-47) and vs. New Mexico (71-69) on Wednesday. Prior to that, UNLV defeated San José State (74-40). Taking out the overtime loss at Boise State, UNLV has lost its other conference games by an average of 3.8 points (two two-point games, a five-point game and a six-point game).
UNLV, which had to replace all five starters from a year ago, has used a rotation this season that includes five freshmen, one sophomore and two seniors. Freshman guard Rashad Vaughn leads the team in scoring with an average of 17.2 ppg, which is third in the Mountain West. Sophomore forward Christian Wood has 10 double-doubles this year, which ranks 10th in the country, and has averages of 14.4 ppg (second on the team, 8th in MW), and a team high of 9.6 rpg (1st in MW, 22nd in the country) and 2.8 bpg (3rd in MW, 17th in the country). Freshman forward Goodluck Okonoboh leads the team and is second in the MW in blocks with 2.9 per game (14th in the country, 2nd among all freshmen). He missed Wednesday’s game with a foot injury. Senior guard Cody Doolin leads the squad and MW with 4.3 apg and has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.0, which leads the conference and is 19th nationally.
As a team, the Runnin’ Rebels are third in the nation in total blocks (134), fourth in blocks per game (7.1 bpg), eighth in defensive rebounds per game (28.0) and 25th in field-goal percentage defense (38.1).
Saturday’s game will be televised on CBS Sports Network with Andrew Catalon and Chris Spatola calling the action. Jon Sandler and Robert Smith will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM in Las Vegas. All internet links along with live stats will be available at UNLVRebels.com.
Utah State (11-7, 4-2 Mountain West)
UNLV (10-9, 1-5 Mountain West)
DATE: Saturday, January 24, 2015
TIME: 5 p.m.
SITE: Tarkanian Court, Thomas & Mack Center (18,500), Las Vegas
TV: CBS Sports Network (Andrew Catalon, Chris Spatola)
RADIO: ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM (Jon Sandler, Robert Smith)
AUDIO: UNLV Gameday App & UNLVRebels.com