RUNNIN’ REBELS HOST UNR WEDNESDAY AT 7 PM
UNLV has won seven of its last eight at the Thomas & Mack Center
The UNLV men’s basketball team will host intrastate rival UNR on Wednesday, February 12 at 7 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center. The game is part of the Silver State Series presented by IBEW and Nevada Donor Network, which UNLV currently leads 9-3 (2019-20 season scoring).
Fans are being encouraged to wear red to the game. Runnin’ Rebel Fest opens at 5 p.m. The free pregame event features music, drinks, food, games and more, and is located near the Tark Statue. Special appearances will be made by mascots from the Vegas Golden Knights, Las Vegas Aces, Las Vegas Lights, Las Vegas Aviators and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Fans will also be able to text to enter to win an exclusive Hey Reb bobblehead.
Individual tickets for Wednesday’s game start at $22, but savvy fans can get tickets vs. UNR plus the two remaining regular-season home games for just $36 through the Pick 3 Plan, which averages to just $12 per game. Tickets may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.
The Runnin’ Rebels, who have won seven of their last eight home games, are coming off a 68-67 win over Fresno State on Saturday thanks to a last-second shot by sophomore guard Marvin Coleman.
Sophomore guard Bryce Hamilton and junior guard Amauri Hardy lead the Runnin’ Rebels (12-13, 7-5) in scoring, averaging 14.9 and 14.1 points per game, respectively. Hamilton has scored in double figures in 12 straight games and has tallied 26 or more in four of his last six outings. Junior forward Mbacke Diong is the team’s leading rebounder with 8.4 per contest (4th in MW). UNLV is under new leadership this year in head coach T.J. Otzelberger.
UNR (15-10, 8-5) is also in its first year under its head coach, Steve Alford. The Wolf Pack have won two straight games and four of their last six and are led in scoring by Jalen Harris’ 21.2 ppg (1st in MW). Lindsey Drew is the team’s rebound and assist leader with 6.5 rpg (7th in MW) and 4.4 apg 4th in MW).
UNR won the season’s first meeting, 86-72, in Reno on Jan. 22.
Wednesday’s game will be shown on ESPN3 with Trey Bender and Sed Bonner 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.