RUNNIN’ REBELS BACK OUT ON THE ROAD THIS WEEK
UNLV to play away from Las Vegas for first time in 32 days Wednesday at Boise State
The UNLV men’s basketball team, which has won four straight games and has started Mountain West play 3-0 for just the second time in its history, will be back on the road this week with games at Boise State on Wednesday, Jan. 8, and at Wyoming on Saturday, Jan. 11.
The game at Boise State, which will be the Runnin’ Rebels’ first away from home in 32 days, will be played at 7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT at ExtraMile Arena.
UNLV (8-8, 3-0) completed its recent five-game homestand with wins last week vs. defending MW Champion and unanimous preseason favorite Utah State (70-53) last Wednesday, Jan. 1, and against Air Force (71-59) on Saturday. The Runnin’ Rebels have won each of their last four contests by double digits. Sophomore guard Bryce Hamilton was named this week’s MW Player of the Week after averaging 17.5 points per game on 15 of 19 shooting.
Junior guard Amauri Hardy leads four UNLV players averaging in double-figure scoring with 15.5 points per game (8th in MW), while junior forward Mbacke Diong is the team’s leading rebounder with 9.3 per contest (5th in MW). UNLV is under new leadership this year in head coach T.J. Otzelberger.
Boise State (10-6, 2-2) is in its 10th year under head coach Leon Rice. The Broncos have won four of their last five games, but are coming off an 83-66 road loss at UNR on Saturday. Derrick Alston leads four Boise State players averaging double figures in scoring with 19.9 ppg (1st in MW). RJ Williams is the team’s leading rebounder (8.2 rpg), while Alston also leads in assists (3.3 apg).
Wednesday’s game will be shown on ESPN3 with Trey Bender and Richie Schueler calling the action. Jon Sandler, former Runnin’ Rebel Curtis Terry and Steve Cofield (sideline reporter) will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 in Las Vegas and online via the UNLVGameday App and TuneIn.