UNLV men’s basketball freshman forward Brandon McCoy is on The John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s Midseason Top 25 list, which was announced Thursday by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. The list will be featured tonight on ESPN2 at 10 p.m. PT.
The award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball, presented annually to the top player in the country. McCoy is one of just six freshmen on the list. He is also one of just five players to debut on the midseason list after not appearing in the preseason top 50 and is the only player from the Mountain West to earn the nod.
The Chicago, Illinois, native has led the Runnin’ Rebels to a 13-4 overall record this season, and is tops in both scoring (19.2 ppg) and rebounding (9.9) rpg. McCoy, who was named the Mountain West’s Preseason Freshman of the Year, has earned conference player of the week honors twice this season and has recorded 10 double-doubles on the year (ninth in the nation). He is shooting 61.9 percent from the field.
McCoy is the first Runnin’ Rebel to be included on the Wooden Award’s Midseason Top 25 list since Mike Moser and Anthony Bennett appeared on it in back-to-back years in 2012 and 2013. Larry Johnson is UNLV’s only winner of the Wooden Award (1991).
The Midseason Top 25 list was chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts based on performances during the first half of the 2017-18 season. The 10-player Wooden All-American Team will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament, while the winner will be presented during the ESPN College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s on Friday, April 6.
The Runnin’ Rebels recorded a victory on Wednesday night at Air Force and have a bye this weekend. The team will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 17 vs. New Mexico at the Thomas & Mack Center. The 7 p.m. game will be a Black Out. Fans are encouraged to wear black UNLV gear to the game and the first 750 students in attendance will receive a free black t-shirt.
Tickets may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.
With the National Finals Rodeo taking over the Thomas & Mack Center, the UNLV men’s basketball team (7-2) will play its second consecutive game at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, Dec. 9 vs. Illinois (7-3) at 9 p.m.
The game will benefit Coaches vs. Cancer, which is celebrating its 25th season since launching as a collaboration between the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society. The Coaches vs. Cancer program has raised more than $110 million since its inception. Tickets for the game may be purchased at RunninRebelsOnTheStrip.com.
Saturday will mark UNLV’s seventh game on the Las Vegas Strip since MGM Resorts began hosting basketball in 2013. After Wednesday’s win at MGM over Oral Roberts, the Runnin’ Rebels are 4-2 all-time on the Strip (3-0 this year) with a 2-1 mark at the Grand Garden Arena.
The Runnin’ Rebels rank as the No. 2 rebounding team in the country with 46.4 rpg, while they are third in assists (20.3 apg), fourth in 3-point field-goal percentage defense (24.7) and sixth in scoring (91.8 ppg).Individually, junior forward Shakur Juiston and freshman forward Brandon McCoy rank in the top 10 in the country in rebounding. Juiston is fifth with 11.9 rpg, while McCoy is seventh with 11.2 rpg. McCoy is sixth with six double-doubles and Juiston is 10th with five. Senior guard Jordan Johnson is fourth in the nation in assists with 8.1 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 return their leading scorer from last season – senior guard Jovan Mooring. Five Runnin’ Rebels are averaging double figures, led by McCoy’s 20.0 ppg.
Saturday’s game will televised by ESPN2 with Eric Rothman and Tom Crean 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).
Saturday’s 8 p.m. game at Moda Center will be televised on ESPN2
After defeating Incarnate Word, 92-64, on Wednesday at the Thomas & Mack Center, the UNLV men’s basketball team (6-4) will head back out on the road this weekend and travel to Portland, Ore., to face No. 22 Oregon (9-2) on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 8 p.m. at the Moda Center (10,493).
The game, which will be UNLV’s second against a ranked team in a span of a week, is part of the Portland Classic with Oregon’s women’s basketball team playing at 5 p.m.
The Runnin’ Rebels’ win on Wednesday ended a season-high two-game losing streak: at Arizona State on Dec. 3 and vs. No. 5/4 Duke last Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. UNLV won its first road game of the year on Nov. 30 at Southern Utah and has won three of its last five games overall.
Two Runnin’ Rebel players recorded double-doubles against UIW as sophomore guard Kris Clyburn had 13 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, and senior forward Tyrell Green had 21 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. It marked Green’s second game this season scoring 20 or more points. Three other UNLV players also scored in double figures. The team is led in scoring this season by sophomore guard Jalen Poyser, who is averaging 16.1 points per game.
Oregon has won seven straight games after losing to Georgetown on Nov. 21 in the Maui Invitational. Its only other loss this season was at Baylor, which is currently ranked No. 4 in the country. The Ducks are 2-1 this season on neutral courts and have four players averaging in double figures in scoring led by senior forward Chris Boucher’s 14.1 ppg.
Saturday’s game will be televised by ESPN2 with Roxy Bernstein and Brad Daugherty 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 and online (link at UNLVRebels.com).
RUNNIN’ REBELS TRAVEL TO NO. 13/12 ARIZONA SATURDAY UNLV to face Wildcats in season’s final non-conference road game on ESPN2 at 6:30 p.m. PT
The UNLV men’s basketball will travel to Tucson, Ariz., for a Saturday game against No. 13/12 Arizona in what could be the Runnin’ Rebels’ most challenging game of the season. The Wildcats have the nation’s longest home win streak, now at 45 straight games.
The Runnin’ Rebels (8-3) are coming off a 66-56 home loss to Arizona State on Wednesday night.
The Wildcats (10-1) will be the third top-15 team that UNLV will face so far this season as the Runnin’ Rebels won both of their other such matchups: against then-No. 13/14 Indiana (at Maui Invitational) before Thanksgiving and vs. then-No. 15/16 Oregon (at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas) on Dec. 4.
This will be the third straight year that UNLV and Arizona will face off in men’s basketball. Last year, the Runnin’ Rebels beat then-No. 3 Arizona at the Thomas & Mack Center, 71-67, on Dec. 23, 2014. UNLV has won three of the last four meetings overall in the series dating back to 2008.
Arizona has won five straight games, including Wednesday night against Northern Arizona (92-37) at home.
Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. MST/6:30 p.m. PST game will be televised nationally by ESPN2 with Roxy Bernstein and Sean Farnham calling the action. Jon Sandler and Robert Smith will handle the UNLV radio broadcast, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM. All internet links along with live stats will be available at UNLVRebels.com.
UNLV, which has won six of its last seven games, won season’s first meeting at The Pit on Jan.
The UNLV men’s basketball team, which has won two straight games, six out of its last seven and 14 of its last 18, will host New Mexico at the Thomas & Mack Center on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 8:05 p.m.
UNLV is coming off a road win at Utah State (73-62) on Saturday. Khem Birch was one block shy of a triple-double as he recorded his 12th double-double of the year with 11 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high nine blocks. Kevin Olekaibe led the team in scoring with 21 points (16 in the second half) as he was 8-for-12 from the field, including 4-for-8 from 3-point range. In addition, Bryce Dejean-Jones contributed 17 points on 7 of 11 from the field, while Deville Smith had a career-high eight assists with only one turnover.
This will be the second meeting in the regular season this year between the Runnin’ Rebels and Lobos. UNLV won the first meeting, 76-73, on Jan. 15 at The Pit. UNLV is all alone in third place in the Mountain West at 8-4, while New Mexico is alone in second place with a league mark of 10-2 (one game behind first-place No. 6/7 San Diego State).
Wednesday’s game against the Lobos will be televised by ESPN2 and Brent Musburger and Bobby Knight calling the action. Jon Sandler and Robert Smith will handle the radio call, which may be heard on ESPN Radio 1100/98.9 FM. The radio broadcast listen link along with Gametracker are available at UNLVRebels.com.
The Runnin’ Rebels are fourth in the country in blocked shots per game at 6.6, fifth in the nation in 3-point field-goal defense, limiting their opponents to just 27.8 percent from behind the arc, are seventh in effective field-goal percentage defense at 43.0 and 14th in rebounding at 40.0 per game. Birch is second in the country in blocked shots (3.8 bpg), while Roscoe Smith is fourth in the nation in rebounding (11.3 rpg). Smith is fourth in the country in double-doubles (14), while Birch is 14th (12). Dejean-Jones leads the team in scoring with 13.7 ppg.
NEW MEXICO (19-5, 10-2 Mountain West)
UNLV (17-8, 8-4 Mountain West)
DATE: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 TIME: 8:05 p.m. PST SITE: Tarkanian Court, Thomas & Mack Center (18,500), Las Vegas TV: ESPN2 (Brent Musburger, Bobby Knight) RADIO: ESPN Radio 1100 AM/98.9 FM (Jon Sandler, Robert Smith) ONLINE: Radio (audio) & Gametracker at UNLVRebels.com
STARS CELEBRATE MUHAMMAD ALI’S 70TH BIRTHDAY IN LAS VEGAS AT KEEP MEMORY ALIVE’S ANNUAL “POWER OF LOVE GALA” FUNDRAISER
Event Honored “The Greatest of All Time” at Fundraiser for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the Muhammad Ali Center
“Ali 70th From Las Vegas” Airs on ESPN2 on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 10 p.m.
Presented by Bill Edwards Presents
Keep Memory Alive’s 16th annual Power of Love Gala on Saturday, Feb. 18, at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas brought out some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment to celebrate Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday and raise funds for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the Muhammad Ali Center.
Highlights of the evening included a heartfelt “Happy Birthday” serenade by Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg leading the crowd in chanting “Ali” during his performance of “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?” and famed boxers Sugar Ray Leonard, Evander Holyfield and Tommy “Hitman” Hearns joining LL Cool J on stage for “Mama Said Knock You Out.” Stars like Sean Combs, Samuel L. Jackson, Terrence Howard and David Beckham gave personal remarks and remembrances about “The Greatest” while Lenny Kravitz, Cee Lo Green and Kelly Rowland performed for Ali and the sold-out crowd of about 2,000.
The once-in-a-lifetime birthday celebration, “Ali 70th From Las Vegas,” will air nationally on ESPN2 on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 10 p.m. local time in all markets. ABC will air the celebration in Las Vegas at 4 p.m. PT that day as well. For possible ABC broadcast in all other markets, viewers should check their local listings.
Performers and celebrity supporters who appeared at the event included Cindy Crawford, Randy Gerber, Samuel L. Jackson, David Beckham, Larry King, Quincy Jones, Ken Jeong, Buzz Aldrin, Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J, Common, Lenny Kravitz, Sean Combs, Anthony Hopkins, John Legend, Chris Cornell, Cee Lo Green, Joe Perry, Slash, Terrence Howard, Kris Kristofferson, David Copperfield, Siegfried & Roy, Andre Agassi, Stefanie Graf, Jim Brown, Randy Couture, Brad Garrett, Kelly Rowland, Dave Koz, Robin Leach, James Gandolfini, Steve Schirripa, John Paul DeJoria, Tony Danza, Raphael Saadiq, Haley Reinhart, and Sammy Hagar. Boxing icons who attended include Manny Pacquiao, Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Evander Holyfield, Ken Norton, Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and Tommy “Hitman” Hearns.
In keeping with its 16-year history, the Power of Love Gala showcased a celebrity-chef-packed dinner featuring creations by Tom Colicchio, Scott Conant, Michael Mina and Wolfgang Puck. Guests were treated to a Dom Perignon reception and were able to bid on one-of-a-kind live and silent auction items, including Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves he wore to defeat Floyd Patterson in Las Vegas in 1965 and an extravagant vacation of a lifetime for two couples on David Copperfield’s private island in the Bahamas.
The gala’s celebration for Ali aligns with the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s recent launch of a landmark study examining the long-term brain health of professional fighters. Aiming to improve the safety and health of fighters, the study will help determine whether magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain, along with other tests, can detect subtle changes in brain health that correlate with impaired thinking and functioning. Researchers hope the information uncovered by this research will eventually result in better ways to prevent permanent brain injury in not only fighters, but also in others who may suffer from brain trauma.
The Power of Love Gala was produced by Bill Edwards Presents Inc. and supported by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), Muhammad Ali Enterprises and Keep Memory Alive, the fundraising arm of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The star-studded celebration for Ali honored the boxing legend’s contribution to the world and raised awareness for Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
About Cleveland Clinic:
Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. About 2,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic Health System includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, eight community hospitals and 18 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and opening in 2013, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2010, there were 4 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 167,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 100 countries. Visit us at http://www.clevelandclinic.org/. Follow us at www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.
About Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health:
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides state-of-the-art care for cognitive disorders and for the family members of those who suffer from them. The physicians and staff at the Center for Brain Health continuously work towards the development of early diagnosis and the advancement of knowledge concerning mild cognitive disorders, which could one day delay or prevent their onset. Patients receive expert diagnosis and treatment at the Center for Brain Health, which offers a multidisciplinary patient-focused approach to diagnosis and treatment, promoting collaboration across all care providers, offering patients a complete continuum of care and infusing education and research into all that it does. The facility, designed by Frank Gehry, houses clinical space, a diagnostic center, neuroimaging rooms, physician offices, laboratories devoted to clinical research and the Keep Memory Alive Event Center. For more information, visit www.clevelandclinic.org/brainhealth.
About Keep Memory Alive:
Keep Memory Alive, whose mission is to provide enhanced treatment and ultimately cures for patients and their families suffering from neurocognitive disorders, raises awareness and funds in support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. By supporting Keep Memory Alive and its fight against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and memory disorders of all kinds, we can ensure progress towards better treatments and ultimately cures will occur in Las Vegas. For additional information call (702) 263-9797 or visit www.keepmemoryalive.org.
About The Muhammad Ali Center:
The Muhammad Ali Center is a cultural attraction and international education center that is inspired by the ideals of Muhammad Ali. The Center serves as the global hub for championing the social significance of Muhammad Ali; its experience incorporates as organizing elements, six prevailing core values of Ali’s life: respect, confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, and spirituality. Much more than a place to tell the story of one man’s incredible 70-year journey, the Muhammad Ali Center reaches beyond its physical walls to fulfill its mission. In 2012, the Center’s activities will ensure that the rising generation understands and actively adopts Ali’s core values to create a powerful new movement: Generation Ali. For more information, please call (502) 584-9254 or visit www.alicenter.org.
About Bill Edwards Presents Inc.:
A premier live entertainment company, Bill Edwards Presents Inc. has been producing world-class attractions for more than a decade. The company has established itself through producing shows and events in a variety of venues – including festivals, theaters, casinos-resorts, performing arts centers and arenas. Known for its reputation of aligning with award winning talent, Bill Edwards Presents is based in St. Petersburg, Florida. www.billedwardspresents.com
About The LVCVA:
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. With approximately 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and more than 10.6 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA’s mission centers on attracting ever-increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area. For more information, go to www.lvcva.com or www.VisitLasVegas.com.