* Rebels finished non-conference play 6-2-1, marking the third straight year under Shaw that the Rebels have finished with two losses or less during non-league play
UNLV is 8-1 at home against league opponents this season
|Matchup||MW Quarterfinals – #2 UNLV (19-10, 14-4 MW) vs #7 UNR (14-15)/#10 SDSU (11-18)|
|Date||Tuesday, March 6, 2018|
|Site||Thomas & Mack Center (18,000), Las Vegas|
|Video||Mountain West Network (Krista Blunk, Tammy Blackburn)|
|Radio||UNLV Radio (Adam Candee, Wyatt Tomchek)|
|Audio||UNLVRebels.com and UNLV Game Day App|
First place Lady Rebels looking to avenge January’s last-second loss to the Bulldogs
|Matchup||UNLV (16-9, 11-3 MW) at Fresno State (16-10, 11-4 MW)|
|Date||Wednesday, February 21, 2018|
|Site||Save Mart Center (15,596), Las Vegas|
|Video||Mountain West Network|
|Radio||UNLV Radio (Adam Candee)|
|Audio||UNLVRebels.com and UNLV Game Day App|
Junior forward helped Lady Rebels to 2-0 week and first-place tie in league standings
UNLV men’s basketball hosts Boise State at 8 p.m. – 1977 Final Four team to be honored at halftime
The Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic, an annual action-packed NCAA basketball tournament, will return to Orleans Arena on Dec. 22-23, bringing teams from University of Nevada, Reno, University of San Francisco, Duquesne University, and University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale.
The University of Nevada, Reno men’s basketball team is coming off a great 2016-17 season as the first school in history to capture the Mountain West regular season and tournament titles. The Mountain West tournament title earned Nevada its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in a decade. The team finished the season 28-7 overall and went 14-4 in conference play. The Wolf Pack returns two junior starters in forward Jordan Caroline and guard Lindsey Drew. Caroline was the Mountain West Tournament MVP and earned the second-team All-Mountain West honors. He averaged 15 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Senior Elijah Foster along with sophomores Josh Hall and Charlie Tooley are also back this season.
Duquesne University, a charter member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, is in its first season under Keith Dambrot, who was introduced as the program’s 17th head coach in late March of 2017. Dambrot, whose father Sid played for three Top 10 (AP) Duquesne teams in the early 1950’s, spent the past 13 seasons at Akron, where he led the Zips to a 305-139 record (23.5 wins per season), including 10 postseason appearances. At the time of Dambrot’s departure, University of Akron, Duke University, Gonzaga University and Kansas University were the only schools to post 21 or more wins in each of the past 12 seasons. The Dukes return a pair of starters in sophomore guard Mike Lewis II and junior guard Tarin Smith. Lewis, who was a member of the 2017 A-10 All-Rookie Team, led the Dukes with 14.1 points per game scoring average last season. Lewis was also the fourth freshman in school history to lead the team in scoring and was also the top-scoring freshman in the A-10. Smith, a second-year Nebraska transfer, led the Dukes in assists (99) and steals (34) last season.
The University of Southern Illinois men’s basketball team returns three starters from last year’s team that finished 17-16 and tied for third place in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 9-9 league mark. Armon Fletcher, Thik Bol and Sean Lloyd are the top returning scorers. Five more lettermen return, including guard Tyler Smithpeters who started two years ago, but missed all but one game last year due to injury. Transfers Marcus Bartley, Eric McGill and Kavion Pippen are expected to provide an immediate impact on the playing rotation. Head coach Barry Hinson enters his sixth season at the helm of Sothern Illinois with a 79-83 overall record, including a 39-51 record in Missouri Valley Conference games. Having coached 14 years in the Missouri Valley Conference, he is the winningest active coach with 248 overall wins and 134 Missouri Valley Conference victories.
After helping the program to its third 20-win season in the last 30 years, a seasoned – but youthful – squad returns to the hilltop for the second installation in the Kyle Smith era. Charles Minlend and Jordan Ratinho, who combined to make 41 starts during the year, occupied two of the five spots on last year’s West Coast Conference All-Freshmen team. Minlend’s 329 points on the year ranked seventh all-time among University of San Francisco (USF) freshmen and third among first-year players in the league. Ratinho led the team in minutes played, underscoring Smith’s confidence in USF’s underclassmen. Last season’s perimeter shooting was one for the Dons’ record books, with 299 three-pointers made. Lone senior Chase Foster (.400) along with Ratinho (.423) and Minlend (.370) each swished 50 or more attempts from distance in the year. Juniors Matt McCarthy and Nate Renfro led the squad in rebounds per game, and Renfro and Mladen Djordjevic paced USF’s assist efforts.
Each team will play four games – the first two at campus sites and the final two at the Orleans Arena.
The first game of the tournament begins at noon on both days. Two-day ticket packages are available from $50 plus taxes and fees, and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000; online at www.orleansarena.com; or in-person at the gift shops inside The Orleans, Suncoast, Gold Coast and Sam’s Town. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the game (depending on availability) at the venue box office.
About Orleans Arena
The Orleans Arena, a Boyd Gaming facility located just west of the Las Vegas Strip, is one of the nation’s leading multi-purpose sports and entertainment facilities and the 2014 recipient of the Venue Excellence Award from the International Association of Venue Managers. In addition, the Orleans Arena is one of only a handful of arenas in the United States to achieve LEED Gold Certification and is part of the largest company in Nevada to achieve SHARP Certification for commitments to safe venue operations. According to Venues Today magazine, the Orleans Arena, which hosts more than 200 events each year, consistently ranks in the Top 10 for ticket sales in the United States and internationally among venues of similar size. These events include nationally touring concerts, NCAA basketball conference tournaments, family shows, motorsports and other unique events. For more information, call 702-365-7469 or visit www.OrleansArena.com. Stay connected to the Orleans Arena on Facebook and on Twitter (@orleansarena). The Orleans Arena is a property of Boyd Gaming. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 24 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at www.boydgaming.com.
RUNNIN’ REBELS’ 2017-18 MOUNTAIN WEST SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
Format again includes eight home-and-home series and two one-time games
UNLV men’s basketball announced its 18-game 2017-18 Mountain West schedule on Tuesday, as the league released the entire lineup of games earlier in the day.
The schedule format for the 11-member conference includes eight home-and-home series and two one-time games. Each institution will play nine home contests and make nine road trips during league action. This is the fifth year that the MW has utilized the 18-game format since expanding to its current membership in 2013-14.
Tuesday’s release represents the first phase in the 2017-18 men’s basketball schedule process. Mountain West national television partners CBS Sports Network and ESPN will initiate a selection procedure which will include the shifting of select Wednesday games to Tuesday and Saturday games to Sunday. The national television selections are expected to be completed by the middle of August. Regional partner AT&T SportsNet/ROOT Sports – Northwest Region and Mountain West Network on STADIUM will begin their picks after the national television lineup has been announced.
The 2017-18 MW schedule begins on Wednesday, December 27 with five contests. Because of a bye, UNLV’s first conference game will be Saturday, Dec. 30 at home vs. Boise State. UNLV will also host (in order) Utah State, New Mexico, San Diego State, San José State, Wyoming, Air Force, Fresno State and Nevada, Reno at the Thomas & Mack Center this season in league play.
The game at home against Wyoming will be the only time the Runnin’ Rebels and Cowboys will face off during the regular season, while the game at Colorado State will be the only time UNLV will face the Rams. The Runnin’ Rebels will have byes on Wednesday, Dec. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 13
The conference season plays out over 10 weeks and concludes on Saturday, March 3. League play will determine the seeding for the 2018 MW Men’s Basketball Championship held March 7-10 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
UNLV will release its non-conference schedule when complete. Game times will be set once all broadcast networks finalize their selections.
UNLV’s 2017-18 Mountain West Schedule
Wednesday, December 27 Bye
Saturday, December 30 Boise State
Wednesday, January 3 at San José State
Saturday, January 6 Utah State
Wednesday, January 10 at Air Force
Saturday, January 13 Bye
Wednesday, January 17 New Mexico
Saturday, January 20 at Colorado State
Wednesday, January 24 at Fresno State
Saturday, January 27 San Diego State
Wednesday, January 31 San José State
Saturday, February 3 at Boise State
Wednesday, February 7 at Nevada, Reno
Saturday, February 10 Wyoming
Wednesday, February 14 Air Force
Saturday, February 17 at San Diego State
Wednesday, February 21 Fresno State
Saturday, February 24 at New Mexico
Wednesday, February 28 Nevada, Reno
Saturday, March 3 at Utah State
Tickets for the 2017-18 Runnin’ Rebel season are on sale now. Purchase at UNLVtickets.com, 702-739-FANS (3267) or at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.
UNLV’S DAKOTA GONZALEZ NAMED MOUNTAIN WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior guard averaged 27 points per game in leading the Lady Rebels to a 2-0 week
UNLV’s Dakota Gonzalez was named the Mountain West Women’s Basketball Player of the Week on Monday after posting a pair of career-best scoring performances while leading the Lady Rebels to a 2-0 week with wins over Nevada, Reno and at San Jose State, the conference office announced on Monday. Gonzalez is the first Lady Rebel to receive the conference weekly honor since Aley Rohde was honored on Nov. 23, 2015, while this is the first weekly honor in Gonzalez’s career as well.
A 6-0 junior guard and native of Pocatello, Idaho, Gonzalez averaged 27 points and 9.5 rebounds while shooting 50% (22-of-44) from the floor and 50% (4-of-8) from three-point range as well over the two games.
She began the week by tying her previous career-high with 23 points on 10-of-21 shooting, while playing the entire 40 minutes at point guard in place of the injured Brooke Johnson in UNLV’s 60-41 home win over the UNR Wolf Pack on Feb. 8. Gonzalez nearly missed a double-double in the contest, as she finished the night with nine rebounds.
In UNLV’s 63-55 road win at San Jose State on Feb. 11, which avenged an earlier loss to the Spartans, Gonzalez set a new career-high with 31 points on 12-of-23 shooting. She added 10 rebounds, for her third double-double of the season and the fourth of her career.
Gonzalez also made several key plays to help pull out the victory, as after SJSU had tied the game in the final minute, she drove into the paint and drew a foul with 33 seconds left. She made both free throws for a two-point UNLV lead, and then grabbed a defensive rebound and made two more free throws for a four point UNLV edge.
For her two-game performance, Gonzalez was also named the College Sports Madness MW Player of the Week, as well as the High Mid-Major Player of the Week.
The Lady Rebels, 17-8 overall and 8-5 in league play, will now have their second bye of the conference schedule before returning to action on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 4 pm against San Diego State in the Cox Pavilion. It will be the Play4Kay breast cancer awareness pink game for UNLV, and all fans wearing pink to the game will receive $2 admission, while kids 12 and under are free at UNLV women’s basketball games.
There will be a free basketball clinic for kids in grades 2-8 before Saturday’s game in the Mendenhall Center starting at 2 pm, more information is available at www.unlvwomensbasketballcamps.com.
|Matchup||San José State (12-10, 5-6 Mountain West) at UNLV (10-15, 3-9 Mountain West)|
|Date||Saturday, February 11, 2017|
|Site||Tarkanian Court, Thomas & Mack Center (18,000), Las Vegas|
|Video||Campus Insiders/Mountain West Network (Nate Kreckman, Richie Schueler)|
|Radio||ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM (Jon Sandler, Robert Smith)|
|Audio||UNLV Gameday App & UNLVRebels.com|
|Stats||Gametracker at UNLVRebels.com|
UNLV TO HOST SAN JOSE STATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON
Runnin’ Rebels and Spartans will meet at 3 p.m. at Thomas & Mack Center
The UNLV men’s basketball team will be back at home on Saturday, Feb. 11, to host San José State at the Thomas & Mack Center at 3 p.m.
Coaching for Literacy (CFL) and the Runnin’ Rebels are partnering together for the first time in the nationwide Fight for Literacy. Saturday will be the Coaching for Literacy Awareness Game. SJSU will also take part as both coaching staffs will wear green.
Family Fun Packs are also available for this game – four tickets, hot dogs and drinks are only $56 (savings of $40), but must be purchased online by Friday.
Saturday will be the second time UNLV and San José State meet this season. The Spartans won on their home floor, 76-72, on Jan. 28.
UNLV is led in scoring by junior guard Jovan Mooring (11.8 ppg), sophomore guard Jalen Poyser (11.8 ppg), senior forward Tyrell Green (11.6 ppg) and senior forward Christian Jones (10.4 ppg). Jones (6.4 rpg), sophomore guard Kris Clyburn (5.4 rpg) and Green (5.3 rpg) are the team’s leading rebounders, while Mooring (3.8 apg) and Poyser (3.0 apg) lead in assists. Mooring is second in the Mountain West in assists and also second in conference-only games (4.8 apg). Junior forward Dwayne Morgan was leading the team in rebounding (7.3 rpg), but has missed the last 16 games because of injury. It was announced on Jan. 19 that he will miss the rest of the season.
San José State has won three straight games: vs. UNLV, at New Mexico (78-68) and vs. San Diego State (76-71). The Spartans are 4-5 in road games this season. Sophomore forward Brandon Clarke (18.7 ppg) and sophomore forward Ryan Welage (12.7 ppg) lead in scoring, while Clarke also leads in rebounding (8.0 rpg). Junior guard Jalen James is the team’s assist leader (2.7 apg).
There is no TV for Saturday’s game, but it will be available via stream (Campus Insiders/Mountain West Network) with Nate Kreckman and Richie Schueler 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).
UNLV’S PACO-PEDRONI AND HENDRICK SWEEP SWIMMER AWARDS
Rebel duo picks up conference honors from the WAC and the Mountain West
UNLV’s Tom Paco-Pedroni and Kristina Hendrick made it a sweep of their conference Swimmer of the Week awards on Tuesday, as Paco-Pedroni was honored by the WAC and Hendrick was selected as the week’s best from the Mountain West, both league offices announced on Tuesday morning. It’s the first career weekly conference honor for both Rebels.
Paco-Pedroni, a senior from Nice, France, returned to the pool for the Rebels this past weekend after redshirting the 2015-16 season while training for the Olympic Trials. He showed the same dominate form as always, winning a total of four out of five individual events he swam in while placing second in the fifth event. His win in the 50 free came in a time of 20.14, which currently ranks him 23rd in the nation, while he has a top-10 time in the 100 free in 43.41, ranking him sixth. He holds the top time in the WAC in the 50, 100 and 200 free events. He also helped the 400 free relay to a win in a time of 2:59.47 against BYU, the 21st-fastest time in the nation so far.
Hendrick, a senior from Santa Maria, Calif., was key in the Rebels’ first win of the season, a 160-120 home victory over BYU on Nov. 5. Over the two days against the Cougars and Utah on Nov. 4, she posted three individual wins while also swam on a pair of second-place relays. Hendrick swept the 100 breast on both days, and her time of 1:03.61 against Utah is the second-fastest in the MW this season. Also claimed the 200 IM against Utah in 2:04.80, third-fastest mark in the league.
The Rebels are back in action in two weeks when they take a select squad to the Mizzou Invite in Columbia, Mo., on Nov. 17-19.
REBELS HAVE 49 EARN MOUNTAIN WEST SCHOLAR-ATHLETE AWARD
MCCAW NAMED MW PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore guard earns league honor for first time after averaging 20.8 points per game over four games last week
UNLV sophomore Patrick McCaw has been named the Mountain West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for games through Sunday, Nov. 29, the league announced Monday. This is the first MW weekly accolade for McCaw and also the Runnin’ Rebels’ first of the season.
McCaw, a 6-foot-7-inch guard from St. Louis, Mo., led the Runnin’ Rebels to a 3-1 record this past week, including a win over No. 13/14 Indiana at the Maui Invitational. He led the team in scoring with 83 points for an average of 20.8 per game. He also led the team in assists with 20 (5.0 apg) and steals with 15 (3.8 spg).
McCaw only turned the ball over seven times and had an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.9, while collecting 14 rebounds for an average of 3.5 rpg. He shot 50.8 percent from the field for the week (32 of 63) and a team-high 41.9 percent from 3-point range (13 of 31). Additionally, he made six of his eight free-throw attempts for a percentage of 75.0.
In the first game of the week against UCLA in Maui, McCaw scored a game-high-tying 20 points. He also had four rebounds, three assists and two steals. In his second game against Chaminade, he scored a career-high 25 points (17 in the second half) on 11 of 16 from the field, including 3 of 6 on 3-pointers. He had a team-high four assists, while also adding three steals and three rebounds.
In UNLV’s win over No. 13 Indiana on Wednesday, McCaw scored a game-high 20 points, which marked his fourth straight game with 20 or more. He was 7 of 15 from the floor and made all of his four three-throw attempts. He also dished out a team-high-tying six assists and turned the ball over just once. Additionally, he had a game-high five steals, which tied his career high, and he collected a couple of rebounds.
When the game against the Hoosiers could have turned in Indiana’s favor, Ike Nwamu made a 3-pointer and McCaw scored on a fast-break layup that extended the Runnin’ Rebels’ lead. McCaw then made two free throws before sinking a crucial corner 3-pointer to put UNLV up 67-54 with 4:07 to play.
In the week’s final game against Prairie View A&M on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center, McCaw scored a game-high-tying 18 points on 6 of 11 shooting, including 5 of 8 from behind the 3-point line (four made 3-pointers in the first half). He also dished out seven assists, had a career-high-tying five steals for the second straight game and recorded a season-high-tying five rebounds.
The Runnin’ Rebels (6-1) continue their non-conference schedule this Friday, Dec. 4, vs. No. 21/23 Oregon at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The 8 p.m. game will be televised by ESPN2. Tickets may be purchased by clicking here or calling (866) 740-7711.
Lady Rebels open regular season Nov. 14 against Southern Utah
The UNLV women’s basketball team will play its lone exhibition of the preseason on Monday, Nov. 9, when it hosts Alaska Anchorage at 7 pm in the Cox Pavilion. UNLV has been picked to finish fifth in the Mountain West this season, while the Seawolves are ranked seventh in the Division II preseason top-25 rankings.
JONSON NAMED ALL-AMERICA SCHOLAR FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR
Senior golfer adds another academic honor to his impressive resume
UNLV men’s golf senior Carl Jonson was named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar for the second straight year, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced Wednesday.
A total of 206 players earned the honor in Division I this year. To be eligible, student-athletes must have been a junior or senior academically during the 2014-15 season, have competed in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participated in 50 percent of their team’s competitive rounds, had a stroke average under 76.0 and maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college of university.
Jonson was also recently named a Mountain West Scholar-Athlete and was selected Academic All-Conference. He has earned each of the MW academic honors in each of his four years of college.
On the course this season, Jonson earned All-MW honors for the second straight year as he recorded a career-low scoring average of 72.13 in 13 tournaments (39 rounds). He had 17 rounds of par or better and shot in the 60s 11 times. His best finish was a third-place showing at the Jackrabbit Invitational and he tied for fourth at the MW Championship. His other top-10 finish was sixth at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate. His low round of the season was a 66.
Jonson was also named the UNLV Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year at the athletics department’s Scholar-Athlete Honors Banquet, which was held in May.
UNLV’S KURT KITAYAMA NAMED MW MEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK
Rebel senior set career marks in winning his second career tournament
UNLV senior Kurt Kityama has been selected Mountain West Men’s Golfer of the Week for tournaments played March 5-17. This is Kitayama’s third career golfer of the month/week accolade.
The Chico, Calif., native, paced the field at the Jackrabbit Invitational, held March 16-17 in Primm, Nev., after carding a career-low 19-under-par 197, including rounds of 67-64-66 on the par-72, 7,131-yard Primm Valley Golf Club course. It was the second straight year he took home medalist honors at the event.
His 19-under 197 is the second-lowest individual score in UNLV’s men’s golf history for a 54-hole tournament and he posted sub-70 scores in each round of the tournament for the first time in his career. In addition, his 8-under-par 64 in the second round was a career-low and it also equaled the second-lowest round in Rebel history.
Kitayama led UNLV to the team title with a combined 60-under 804 (272-267-265), which was a program record and three strokes shy of the all-time NCAA mark. It was the Rebels’ second straight victory in the event and the squad’s second team title of the season.
Kitayama also tied for 11th at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, which annually features one of the toughest fields in all of college golf, held March 10-11 in Las Vegas. He posted scores of 72-71-70 for a three-round total of 3-under 213 on the par-72, 7,374-yard course at the Southern Highlands Golf Club.
Kitayama averaged 68.3 strokes per round in the two tournaments.
REGULAR-SEASON FINALE SATURAY
UNLV men’s basketball at San José State at 7 p.m.; Runnin’ Rebels down to six scholarship players because of injuries, game may be seen on ESPN3
The UNLV men’s basketball team will travel to San José, Calif., for its Mountain West regular-season finale against San José State on Saturday, March 7, at 7 p.m.
The Runnin’ Rebels are looking to sweep the season series with the Spartans, after winning the first meeting – 74-40 – on Jan. 10 in Las Vegas.
The Runnin’ Rebels, who are 2-4 since leading scorer Rashad Vaughn went down to injury, had won six of their last 10 games before falling by two points to San Diego State (60-58) on Wednesday at home. Prior to the loss at Utah State on Feb. 24, UNLV had lost three of its previous four games by a combined seven points. 10 of the Runnin’ Rebels’ 17 Mountain West games have been decided by an average of 3.1 points per game (two one-point games, four two-point games, three five-point games and a six-point game). In the other seven games, UNLV is 5-2 with an average margin of victory in those five wins of 15.4.
UNLV is also without freshman guards Patrick McCaw (concussion) and Dantley Walker (knee) this Saturday, while it has been without junior guard Daquan Cook (knee) all season.
UNLV, which had to replace all five starters from a year ago, used a rotation for most of this season that included five freshmen, one sophomore and two seniors. Vaughn, a freshman guard, is out of action after suffering a torn meniscus in his left knee on Feb. 10 vs. Fresno State. He had led the team in scoring with an average of 17.8 ppg, which ranks second in the Mountain West and second in the country among freshmen. Sophomore forward Christian Wood has 17 double-doubles this year, which ranks seventh in the country, and has averages of 15.0 ppg (7th in MW), a team-high 10.1 rpg (2nd in MW, 17th in the country) and 2.8 bpg (2nd in MW, 14th in the country). Freshman forward Goodluck Okonoboh leads the team in blocks with 2.9 per game (1st in MW, 12th in the country and first among all freshmen). Senior guard Cody Doolin leads the squad and MW with 4.0 apg and has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.5, which leads the conference and is fourth nationally. McCaw is fifth in the MW in assists per game (3.4) and third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1) during conference-only games.
As a team, the Runnin’ Rebels are third in the nation in blocks per game (6.8), third in total blocks (205) and 12th in defensive rebounds per game (26.63).
Saturday’s game will be shown on ESPN3 with Trey Bender and Kyle Macy 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.
UNLV (16-14, 7-10 Mountain West)
San José State (2-27, 0-17 Mountain West)
DATE: Saturday, March 7, 2015
TIME: 7 p.m.
SITE: The Event Center (5,000), San José, Calif.
TV: ESPN3 (Trey Bender, Kyle Macy)
RADIO: ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM (Jon Sandler, Robert Smith)
AUDIO: UNLV Gameday App & UNLVRebels.com
WYOMING VISITS UNLV SATURDAY AT 5 PM
Runnin’ Rebels down to seven scholarship players because of injuries, game televised by CBS Sports Network
The UNLV men’s basketball team will host Wyoming at the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m., after returning from its recent road trip – splitting games at New Mexico (W, 76-68) and at Utah State (L, 83-65).
The Runnin’ Rebels, who are 1-3 since leading scorer Rashad Vaughn went down to injury, have won five of their last nine games. Prior to the loss at Utah State, UNLV had lost its last three games by a combined seven points. Nine of the Runnin’ Rebels’ 15 Mountain West games have been decided by an average of 3.2 points per game (two one-point games, three two-point games, three five-point games and a six-point game).
UNLV, which had to replace all five starters from a year ago, used a rotation for most of this season that included five freshmen, one sophomore and two seniors. Vaughn, a freshman guard, is out of action after suffering a torn meniscus in his left knee on Feb. 10 vs. Fresno State. He had led the team in scoring with an average of 17.8 ppg, which ranks second in the Mountain West and third in the country among freshmen. Sophomore forward Christian Wood has 15 double-doubles this year, which ranks eighth in the country, and has averages of 15.4 ppg (7th in MW), and team highs of 9.8 rpg (2nd in MW, 21st in the country) and 2.9 bpg (1st in MW, 10th in the country). Freshman forward Goodluck Okonoboh is second on the team in blocks with 2.8 per game (2nd in MW, 12th in the country and first among all freshmen). Senior guard Cody Doolin leads the squad and MW with 4.0 apg and has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.3, which leads the conference and is eighth nationally. Freshman guard Patrick McCaw is second in the MW in assists per game (3.5) and third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2) during conference-only games.
As a team, the Runnin’ Rebels are third in the nation in total blocks (192), fourth in blocks per game (6.9 bpg) and 15th in defensive rebounds per game (26.64).
Saturday’s game will be televised on CBS Sports Network with Carter Blackburn and Pete Gillen calling the action with Allie LaForce reporting from the sideline. 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.
Wyoming (21-7, 10-5 Mountain West)
UNLV (15-13, 6-9 Mountain West)
DATE: Saturday, February 28, 2015
TIME: 5 p.m.
SITE: Tarkanian Court, Thomas & Mack Center (18,500), Las Vegas
TV: CBS Sports Network (Carter Blackburn, Pete Gillen, sideline: Allie LaForce)
RADIO: ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM (Jon Sandler, Robert Smith)
AUDIO: UNLV Gameday App & UNLVRebels.com
RUNNIN’ REBELS AT UTAH STATE TUESDAY NIGHT AT 6:30 P.M. PT
UNLV men’s basketball down to seven scholarship players because of injuries, game televised by CBS Sports Network
The UNLV men’s basketball team is coming off a 76-68 win at New Mexico on Saturday, its first since leading scorer Rashad Vaughn went down to injury, and will now travel to Logan, Utah, for its second straight road game on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. MST/6:30 p.m. PST.
UNLV has now won five of its last eight games and its three losses over that span are by a combined seven points. Taking out the Runnin’ Rebels’ nine-point overtime loss at Boise State and their wins at New Mexico, vs. Air Force, vs. Fresno State and vs. San José State, UNLV’s other nine Mountain West games have been decided by an average of 3.2 points per game (two one-point games, three two-point games, three five-point games and a six-point game).
UNLV, which had to replace all five starters from a year ago, used a rotation for most of this season that included five freshmen, one sophomore and two seniors. Vaughn, a freshman guard, is out of action after suffering a torn meniscus in his left knee on Feb. 10 vs. Fresno State. He had led the team in scoring with an average of 17.8 ppg, which ranks second in the Mountain West and third in the country among freshmen. Sophomore forward Christian Wood has 15 double-doubles this year, which ranks eighth in the country, and has averages of 15.6 ppg (6th in MW), and team highs of 9.8 rpg (2nd in MW, 21st in the country) and 2.9 bpg (1st in MW, 8th in the country). Freshman forward Goodluck Okonoboh is second on the team in blocks, also with 2.9 per game (2nd in MW, 11th in the country and first among all freshmen). Senior guard Cody Doolin leads the squad and MW with 3.9 apg and has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.2, which leads the conference and is eighth nationally. Freshman guard Patrick McCaw is first in the MW in assists per game (3.7) and fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2) during conference-only games.
As a team, the Runnin’ Rebels are third in the nation in total blocks (187), third in blocks per game (6.9 bpg), 14th in defensive rebounds per game (26.78) and 31st in field-goal percentage defense (39.2).
Tuesday night’s game at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum will be televised on CBS Sports Network with Ari Wolfe and Pete Gillen 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.
UNLV (15-12, 6-8 Mountain West)
Utah State (16-10, 9-5 Mountain West)
DATE: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
TIME: 7:30 p.m. MST/6:30 p.m. PST
SITE: Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270), Logan, Utah
TV: CBS Sports Network (Ari Wolfe, Pete Gillen)
RADIO: ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM (Jon Sandler, Robert Smith)
AUDIO: UNLV Gameday App & UNLVRebels.com