UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Runnin’ Rebel Week To Begin Oct. 18 With Scarlet & Gray Showcase


Season Ticket Holder Appreciation Event, men’s basketball appearance at UNLV football game and Slam Dunk Social for Ladies also scheduled

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Runnin’ Rebel Week is set to begin Wednesday, Oct. 18, UNLV Athletics announced today.


·       The week of activity, which includes a number of fan interactive and engagement opportunities, will begin with the UNLV Basketball Season Ticket Holder Appreciation Event at 5:30 p.m. that day (Oct. 18) at Cox Pavilion. All men’s and women’s basketball season ticket holders will be invited to the reception where guests can meet and mingle with both the Runnin’ Rebels and Lady Rebels. The event will also feature a Q&A program hosted by long-time Runnin’ Rebel radio play-by-play broadcaster Jon Sandler, and end with an autograph session.


·       Oct. 18 will also be the date of the Scarlet & Gray Showcase, which will be free and open to the public. The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. It will be the first look at this year’s men’s and women’s basketball teams and will feature team introductions, a scrimmage by both squads, a dunk contest, and much more. Fans in attendance will receive an exclusive poster and the first 1,000 students will get a free t-shirt.


·       On Saturday, Oct. 21, when UNLV football hosts Utah State for Homecoming, the Runnin’ Rebels will be in attendance pregame at the Rebel Block Party. The team will be introduced and available for autographs, will participate in the game’s Rebel Entourage (leading the football team across the field before kickoff), and then be introduced on-field during the first half.


·       The Slam Dunk Social for Ladies will be held on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 2-4 p.m. at the Mendenhall Center. Space is limited and tickets are just $25. The event will include a basketball clinic for women that will offer a behind-the-scenes experience and a crash course in Runnin’ Rebel basketball. Light appetizers and a Q&A will follow the clinic and all attendees will receive a free t-shirt. To register for the event, contact Sara Seronko in the men’s basketball office at sara.seronko@unlv.edu or 702-895-3295.


Other items scheduled to take place during the week include Runnin’ Rebel single-game tickets going on sale, men’s and women’s basketball hand delivering season tickets to select fans in the area, Runnin’ Rebel head coach Marvin Menzies’ local media tour, a local community outreach event and a ticket call-a-thon.

Additional details on the week’s events will be communicated once confirmed.

UNLV, which is in its second year under Coach Menzies, has brought in a recruiting class that has been ranked as high as No. 12 in the country. Seven new players have been added to the roster for the 2017-18 season, including McDonald’s High School All-American Brandon McCoy and National Junior College Player of the Year Shakur Juiston. The team also returns its leading scorer from last year in senior guard Jovan Mooring.

Season tickets are on sale now and start as low as $119. They may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.

Two mini-plan options for this season include upper and lower bowl seats:

• Pick-3 Plan:

One premium game (Arizona, San Diego State or Nevada, Reno) plus two non-premium games (non-conference or conference). Prices range from $42-177 depending on seat location.


• Conference Plan:
Six pre-set games (Utah State, New Mexico, San Diego State, Wyoming, Fresno State, Nevada, Reno). Prices range from $72-342 depending on seat location.


Mini plans may also be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.


UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: 2016-17 Non-Conference Schedule Announced


Runnin’ Rebels to face three teams that advanced deep into last season’s NCAA Tournament: Duke, Kansas and Oregon
 UNLV Athletics announced its opponents and dates for the non-conference portion of its 2016-17 men’s basketball schedule on Wednesday.
For the fourth straight season, with 11 teams as Mountain West members, UNLV will play 18 conference games, therefore playing 13 during the non-conference season. The 2016-17 MW schedule has not yet been announced.
This year’s Runnin’ Rebel non-conference slate features games against three teams that advanced deep into last season’s NCAA Tournament in Duke, Kansas and Oregon, with two of the games scheduled for Las Vegas: Kansas at the Thomas & Mack Center on Thursday, Dec. 22, and Duke at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday, Dec. 10. 
A formal announcement of the Duke game is expected in July, which will include full details on ticket information. UNLV season ticket holders will have priority access to purchase tickets.
“We have an exciting and challenging non-conference schedule,” said UNLV head coach Marvin Menzies, who is in his first year leading the program. “We will be facing some of the top teams in the country and there is no question it will prepare us well for a tough, competitive Mountain West slate.”
UNLV will play eight times at home at the Thomas & Mack Center before its first road game, starting with two exhibition contests: vs. Dakota Wesleyan on Tuesday, Nov. 1, and vs. New Mexico Highlands on Saturday, Nov. 5. 
The Runnin’ Rebels will open the regular season on Friday, Nov. 11 vs. South Alabama, then host UC Riverside on Wednesday, Nov. 16. Next will be Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, Nov. 19, and Northern Arizona on Tuesday, Nov 22 – both preliminary round games of the Global Sports Classic.
The Global Sports Classic’s final rounds will be held at the Thomas & Mack Center on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26 with four games each day. UNLV will face TCU on Nov. 25 and then either Western Kentucky or Washington on Nov. 26. The Huskies played in the postseason NIT last year, falling in the second round at San Diego State.
UNLV’s first road contest of the season will be at Southern Utah on Wednesday, Nov. 30. The Thunderbirds are led by Todd Simon, who spent three seasons on staff at UNLV as an assistant coach, associate head coach and interim head coach.
The Runnin’ Rebels will play their second straight game on the road on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Arizona State, then return to Las Vegas to play Duke in the first college basketball game to be played at the new T-Mobile Arena on the World-Famous Las Vegas Strip. The Blue Devils, who won the 2015 NCAA Championship, are coming off a 25-11 season and a trip to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16. This will be UNLV’s first meeting with Duke since the 1991 NCAA Final Four.
The Runnin’ Rebels will be back at the Thomas & Mack Center on Wednesday, Dec. 14 vs. Incarnate Word, before heading back out on the road to face Oregon in Portland. The Ducks won the Pac-12’s regular-season and tournament titles last year and finished the season in the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight with a 31-7 record.
UNLV will return to the Thomas & Mack Center vs. Southern Illinois on Monday, Dec. 19, then will conclude its non-conference schedule by hosting Kansas. The Jayhawks also advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight last year after winning their 12th straight Big 12 regular-season title. KU also won last season’s Big 12 Tournament and finished the year 33-5 overall.
All game times and television appearances will be announced at a later date. 
For information on purchasing season tickets in the lower plaza level, contact the Rebel Athletic Fund at 702-895-1533. For all other ticket information, please call 702-739-FANS or visit UNLVtickets.com.

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Coach Rice’s Extension Official




Board of Regents approve UNLV men’s basketball head coach’s contract through at least 2018-19 season

UNLV men’s basketball head coach Dave Rice’s contact extension was approved by the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents on Friday during its meeting on campus.

Rice’s contract has been extended two years through the 2018-19 basketball season and includes an incentive package based upon academic and athletic success. Rice had three years remaining on his previous contract, which was for five seasons and awarded to him after completing his first year at UNLV in September of 2012.

Rice will enter his fourth season at UNLV in 2014-15. He has compiled a three-year mark of 71-32 at the helm of the Runnin’ Rebel program. The 71 wins over his first three years ranks second all-time at UNLV only to Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian (73 wins in his first three seasons in Las Vegas).

Rice has led UNLV to three straight seasons with at least 20 wins, two NCAA Tournament appearances and victories over seven ranked teams, including one over the nation’s No. 1-ranked team (North Carolina in 2011).

In addition, Rice and his staff have recruited elite talent to the program, including Anthony Bennett, who became the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS : Runnin’ Rebels To Face Air Force Wed. At 12 PM In MW Tourn. Quarterfinal



UNLV to face Air Force Wednesday at 12 p.m. at Thomas & Mack Center

The UNLV men’s basketball team (23-8, 10-6 MW) had won five straight games and six of its last seven before suffering a 61-52 home loss to Fresno State on Saturday in its regular-season finale. The Runnin’ Rebels will now play in the 2013 Reese’s Mountain West Men’s Basketball Championship on Wednesday, March 13, at 12 p.m., in the first quarterfinal game of the day, against Air Force (17-12, 8-8).

UNLV finished in third place in the league standings, three games out of first and one game back of second, and is the No. 3 seed for this week’s conference tournament.

Wednesday’s game will be will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Rich Cellini, Steve Lappas, Doug Gottlieb and Lauren Gardner (sidelines) calling the action. Jon Sandler and Robert Smith will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live in Las Vegas on ESPN Radio 1100 AM/98.9 FM and online at UNLVRebels.com through the subscription-based All-Access feature.

The Runnin’ Rebels, who will be going for their 99th win in the past four seasons on Wednesday, are 1-0 vs. the Falcons in MW Tournament play, winning a 2011 quarterfinal meeting. UNLV holds a league-best 21-9 all-time record in the MW Tournament, while Air Force is 2-13. The Runnin’ Rebels split this season’s series with the Falcons and lead the overall series by a 29-9 margin.

UNLV is 11-1 all-time in the quarterfinals of the MW Tournament, with its only loss coming in 2009 to San Diego State. The MW Tournament has been held in Las Vegas 10 times (2000-03, 2007-12) and UNLV has won the title on three occasions (2000, 2007, 2008). The Runnin’ Rebels have advanced to seven MW Tournament championship games (six in Las Vegas and one in Denver).

UNLV was 16-2 at the Thomas & Mack Center this season and had a 14-game winning streak in the building snapped in its loss to Fresno State on Saturday. The Runnin’ Rebels are 33-3 in the TMC over the last two seasons and had won 16 straight regular-season home games against Mountain West foes before Saturday’s loss.


AIR FORCE (17-12, 8-8 Mountain West, No. 6 Seed)


UNLV (23-8, 10-6 Mountain West, No. 3 Seed)  
DATE: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
12:00 p.m. PDT
Thomas & Mack Center (18,500), Las Vegas
CBS Sports Network (Rich Cellini, Steve Lappas, Doug Gottlieb, Lauren Gardner)
ESPN Radio 1100 AM/98.9 FM (Jon Sandler, Robert Smith)
Radio broadcast and Gametracker at UNLVRebels.com (All-Access subscription required for audio at