UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Otzelberger Announces Coaching Staff

UNLV’S OTZELBERGER ANNOUNCES COACHING STAFF

Trio of Buckley, Kruger and Slocum bring Power 5, NBA and NCAA Tournament combined experience to Runnin’ Rebel program

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UNLV men’s basketball head coach T.J. Otzelberger announced his coaching staff Friday as Tim Buckley, Kevin Kruger and DeMarlo Slocum have all been hired as assistants for the Runnin’ Rebels. 
 
All three assistant coaches come to UNLV with experience at the highest levels, including at Power 5 institutions and in the NBA, with a proven track record of developing student-athletes and advancing in the NCAA Tournament.
 
“I am extremely pleased with the coaches that we recruited to join our program,” Otzelberger said. “Each one has top-notch experience at schools that have made multiple NCAA Tournament appearances and they are all experts in player development. Tim, Kevin and DeMarlo embody the attributes that we will look for in recruits and understand the work that is necessary to elevate the Runnin’ Rebel program.”
 
Buckley, who has served as a scout with the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves for the last two years, was previously at Indiana under Tom Crean as an assistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach. During his nine years in Bloomington (2008-17), the Hoosiers were nationally ranked, won Big Ten championships, made multiple NCAA Tournament runs, recruited McDonald’s All-Americans and developed All-Americans who went on the NBA, including 2013 National Player of the Year Victor Oladipo.
 
Prior to his time at Indiana, Buckley was an assistant coach at Marquette (2007-08), also under Crean, and was an assistant coach at Iowa (2006-07) under Steve Alford. He also has head coaching experience as he led Ball State for six seasons (2000-06). Additionally, he was the top assistant coach on Crean’s first Marquette staff (1999-00) and prior to that spent five seasons at Ball State as an assistant coach and one as an assistant coach at Wisconsin (1993-94). His collegiate coaching career began at Bemidji State as an assistant coach before he moved on to Rockford where he was an assistant before becoming the head coach.
 
Buckley played collegiately at Waubonsee Community College in Illinois and then at Bemidji State, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
 
Kruger, who was the point guard on UNLV’s 2007 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 team as a senior under his father, former Runnin’ Rebel head coach and current Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger, returns to Las Vegas after spending the last three years as an assistant coach for the Sooners. With Kevin on the staff, Oklahoma made multiple NCAA Tournament appearances.
 
Kruger was also an assistant coach at Northern Arizona for two seasons (2014-16) following a year as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma. Prior to making the move into coaching, he played professionally from 2007-13. He began his collegiate playing career at Arizona State, where he earned his degree in 2006, before transferring to UNLV. He then earned a master’s from Oklahoma in 2017.
 
Slocum, a Las Vegas native, comes to UNLV after serving as an assistant coach at Utah for the past eight years, which included multiple NCAA Tournaments and a total of seven postseason appearances. He was also instrumental in the development of three NBA First Round Draft Picks while at the Pac-12 school. He is an Eldorado High School graduate and former head coach of the Las Vegas Prospects AAU team. 
 
Prior to his time at Utah, Slocum spent four years as an assistant coach at Colorado State and was at Idaho as an assistant coach for one year before that. He previously served as an assistant coach at Dixie State and Director of Basketball Operations at USC.
 
Slocum played at Dixie State and then at Georgia Southern, where he earned his degree in 2001. He went on to earn a master’s from Grand Canyon in 2016.

UNLV ATHLETICS NEWS: T.J. Otzelberger Named New Men’s Basketball Head Coach

UNLV NAMES T.J. OTZELBERGER NEW MEN’S BASKETBALL HEAD COACH
 
Rising star tabbed as Runnin’ Rebels’ leader
 
T.J. Otzelberger has been appointed the new head coach of the UNLV’s men’s basketball program, Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois announced today. Otzelberger comes to UNLV after most recently serving as head coach at South Dakota State University, leading the Jackrabbits to two NCAA Tournaments and one NIT appearance in his three years at the helm.
 
Otzelberger will be formally introduced to the Las Vegas community on Thursday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m. in Thomas & Mack Center’s Strip View Pavilion.
 
“When I set out to find the next coach of our Runnin’ Rebels,” Reed-Francois said, “I sought a hard-working, laser-focused head coach who personifies our core values; who knows what success looks like; who is passionately committed to winning; and who is at ease with being the face of our storied basketball program. T.J. exemplifies these attributes. I am confident he is the right coach to bring the Runnin’ Rebels into a new era of preeminence and we welcome T.J., Alison, Jayce, Olivia, and Stella to the UNLV Family.”
 
Otzelberger lifted the program at South Dakota State to new heights during his three year tenure (2016-2019), where he compiled an overall record of 70-33, led the Jackrabbits to three straight postseason appearances, clinched the outright regular season Summit League title the past two seasons, and earned the league’s Coach of the Year honors. Prior to SDSU, Otzelberger served two separate stints as an assistant coach at Iowa State, covering eight seasons, as well as serving as an assistant at the University of Washington.
 
“I have been fortunate to coach at some amazing universities and it was going to take a very special opportunity to leave Brookings,” Otzelberger said. “UNLV basketball is one of the most storied programs in the nation and situated in one of the world’s greatest cities. I’m honored to have the opportunity to add to the Runnin’ Rebels’ rich history and my family and I could not be more proud to be the newest members of this world-class university and Las Vegas community.”
 
A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Otzelberger earned a degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he played collegiately and was a two-year team captain.
 
“Coach Otzelberger is a rising star in coaching and a proven winner whose teams have performed at a high level, both academically and in competition,” said UNLV President Marta Meana. “I’m impressed by Coach Otzelberger’s immediate and long-term vision for the program and his commitment to player development at all levels. Runnin’ Rebel basketball has a rich history and a very bright future, and we look forward to welcoming Coach Otzelberger and his family to UNLV.”

UNLV Announces Leadership Change In Men’s Basketball


UNLV ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGE IN MEN’S BASKETBALL
 
 UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois announced today that Marvin Menzies will no longer serve as head men’s basketball coach. Menzies completed his third season in Las Vegas with an overall mark of 17-14.
 
“I want to thank Coach Menzies for calming the waters and building a strong foundation for our men’s basketball program over the past three years,” Reed-Francois said. “A change of this significance impacts many good people. It was not taken lightly. Ultimately, after a thoughtful and methodical review, I felt a new direction was necessary for the long term, best interests of the program and our athletics department. We wish Coach Menzies and his family all the best as their journey continues.”
 
Over Menzies’ three years with the Rebels, UNLV finished 48-48.
 
A national search for a new men’s basketball head coach will begin immediately. Fogler Consulting, led by former college basketball coach Eddie Fogler, will assist Reed-Francois in the search.
 

UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Lady Rebels Open 2019 MW Championships Monday Against Fresno State In Quarterfinal Round

UNLV LADY REBELS BEGINS MW CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY MONDAY

Fifth-seed Lady Rebels open the 2019 tournament with quarterfinal contest against fourth-seed Fresno State

The UNLV women’s basketball team will be the fifth seed in next week’s 2019 Air Force Reserve Mountain West Women’s Basketball Championships, which will be held at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas from March 10-13. UNLV finished in a tie for fifth place with Utah State as both teams posted 10-8 conference marks, but the Lady Rebels won the tiebreaker thanks to their 77-56 victory over the Aggies in Las Vegas on Feb. 2 in what was the only meeting between the teams in the regular season.

UNLV (12-17 overall) will open the tournament in the quarterfinals on Monday at 2:30 pm against fourth-seed Fresno State. The winner of Monday’s contest will advance to the semifinals on Tuesday. The Mountain West Network will produce and broadcast live streams of the first nine women’s basketball tournament games. These games will be available on the Mountain West Network at TheMW.com. These broadcasts will also be available over-the-air on Stadium and Stadium’s mobile applications on Apple TV and Roku, Facebook and on UNLVRebels.com. The championship game will be shown live on CBS Sports Network.

The Lady Rebels have faced Fresno State three times in the MW Championships, and lost all three, beginning with an 80-65 loss to the second-seed Bulldogs in the 2014 Quarterfinals. Fresno State then knocked UNLV out of the tournament semifinals in back-to-back years, 66-60 in 2016 again as a two-seed, and in 2017 when it upset the second-seeded Lady Rebels 53-51 as a seventh-seed. The teams met just once this year, a 73-55 loss for the Lady Rebels on Feb. 9 in Fresno after they entered the fourth quarter with a one-point lead. All-time UNLV is 11-9 against Fresno State in Las Vegas, though only 1-7 in the last eight contests.

The Lady Rebels are 9-10 in their first game of the tournament, which for the first eight years of the conference was their quarterfinal contest, before three years of a double-bye system. UNLV is 7-13 all-time as the higher seed in the MW Tournament.

This is the Lady Rebels’ fifth time as a No. 5 seed in the MW Tournament. UNLV was the fifth seed in the inaugural tournament in 2000, and again in 2001, 2005 and 2015. UNLV advanced to the semifinals as a No. 5 seed in both 2000 and 2005, where it eventually fell to the No. 1 seed both times.

Kathy Olivier, in her 11-year as the Lady Rebels’ head coach, is 6-10 all-time with UNLV in the MW Tournament, while the Lady Rebels have an 12-19 (.387) tournament record. UNLV has advanced to the championship game once (2002), and has eight semifinal appearances in the 19-year history of the league.

The tournament starts with the first round on Sunday, March 10 with games at 2, 4:30 and 7 pm. Quarterfinal action begins on Monday, March 11 (12, 2:30, 6 and 8:30 pm), the semifinals are on Tuesday, March 12 (6, 8:30 pm) with the championship slated for Wednesday, March 13 at 7 pm. The winner of the tournament will receive the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

All-session and single-session tickets for the 2019 Mountain West Women’s Basketball Championship are now on sale at the Thomas & Mack Center box office, online at UNLVTickets.com or by calling 702-739-FANS.

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Runnin’ Rebels To Play At No. 12/13 UNR Wednesday

UNLV TO PLAY AT NO. 12/13 UNR WEDNESDAY

Silver State Series game to be televised by CBS Sports Network at 8 p.m.

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The UNLV men’s basketball team, which had its three-game win streak snapped with a heartbreaking one-point loss Saturday vs. San Diego State, will travel to Reno, Nevada, to face No. 12/13 UNR on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. at Lawlor Events Center. The game is part of The Silver State Series presented by IBEW and Nevada Donor Network.

Prior to the 60-59 loss to the Aztecs at the Thomas & Mack Center, the Runnin’ Rebels (15-12, 9-6) had defeated Air Force, San Jose State and Wyoming, and enter Wednesday’s contest having won four of their last six. UNLV is currently in fifth place in the Mountain West standings and its nine conference victories are its most since winning 10 league games in 2014.

UNR (25-2, 12-2) is coming off a 74-68 home win over Fresno State on Saturday. The Wolf Pack rebounded after having their 10-game win streak snapped at San Diego State (65-57) last Wednesday. UNR currently holds a half-game lead in the league standings.

In the previous meeting this season between UNLV and the Wolf Pack, UNR won 87-70 at the Thomas & Mack Center on Jan. 29. Senior guard Kris Clyburn led the Runnin’ Rebels in that game with 23 points on 10 of 20 shooting. UNR was led that night by Caleb Martin’s 26 points.

Wednesday’s game will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Andrew Catalon and Steve Lappas calling the action. Jon Sandler, former Runnin’ Rebel Robert Smith, and Steve Cofield (sideline reporter) will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM and online via the UNLV Gameday App and TuneIn (link at UNLVRebels.com

Runnin’ Rebels At Wyoming Tuesday Night

RUNNIN’ REBELS AT WYOMING TUESDAY NIGHT

7 p.m. PT game to be televised by CBS Sports Network, UNLV looking for third-straight win

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The UNLV men’s basketball team will look for its third-straight victory as it closes out a two-game road trip at Wyoming on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. MT/7 p.m. PT at Arena-Auditorium.
 
The game will mark UNLV head coach Marvin Menzies’ 400th as a Division I collegiate head coach.
 
The Runnin’ Rebels (14-11, 8-5) are coming off a 2-0 week with wins against Air Force (77-72) at home last Tuesday and at San José State (71-64) on Saturday. UNLV, which has won three of its last four games, has matched last year’s MW win total of eight in just its 13th conference game this season.
 
In the previous meeting this season between UNLV and the Cowboys in Las Vegas on Jan. 5, freshman forward Joel Ntambwe scored a career-high 31 points and had 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season as the Runnin’ Rebels won 68-56.
 
UNLV is led in scoring this season by sophomore guard Amauri Hardy (13.2 ppg), senior guard Kris Clyburn (13.1 ppg) and Ntambwe (12.3 ppg). Sophomore forward Mbacke Diong is the team’s leading rebounder (6.5 rpg), while senior guard Noah Robotham leads the squad and is second in the MW in assists (5.0 apg). In just MW games, Robotham is the league leader (6.6 apg).
 
Wyoming (6-19, 2-10) has lost two straight games and five of its last six. Justin James leads the Cowboys and the MW in scoring with 20.7 ppg. The team is coming off an 82-49 loss to then-No. 7/6 UNR on Saturday.
 
Tuesday’s game will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Rich Waltz and Tim Doyle calling the action. Jon Sandler, former Runnin’ Rebel Robert Smith, and Steve Cofield (sideline reporter) will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM and online via the UNLV Gameday App and TuneIn (link at UNLVRebels.com).

Runnin’ Rebels Host Air Force Tuesday Night

RUNNIN’ REBELS HOST AIR FORCE TUESDAY NIGHT

7:30 p.m. game is part of Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative

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The UNLV men’s basketball team will continue its two-game homestand when it hosts Air Force on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center.
 
The game will be part of Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative, with UNLV coaches wearing green ties to help raise awareness about the issues connected to illiteracy.
 
Tickets for the game may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.
 
The Runnin’ Rebels (12-11, 6-5) are coming off a loss to Fresno State on Saturday. Prior to that, they had won four of their previous five games at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV is led in scoring by senior guard Kris Clyburn’s 13.8 ppg.
 
Air Force (10-13, 5-6) won its last game, 81-76 against Wyoming on Saturday. It comes to Las Vegas having won three of its last five overall. The Falcons are led in scoring by Lavelle Scottie’s 14.8 ppg and Ryan Swan’s 12.0 ppg. Swan is the team’s leading rebounder (6.7 rpg).
 
Tuesday’s game will be televised on CBS Sports Network with Rich Waltz and Tim Doyle calling the action. Jon Sandler, former Runnin’ Rebel Robert Smith, and Steve Cofield (sideline reporter) will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM and online via the UNLV Gameday App and TuneIn (link at UNLVRebels.com).

UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: No. 24 Rebels Finish 10th At Sea Best Invitational

 

NO. 24 REBELS FINISH 10TH AT SEA BEST INVITATIONAL
 
Senior Harry Hall records top-15 individual finish at spring season opener in Florida
 
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The No. 24 UNLV men’s golf team shot a final-round 2-over-par 282 on Tuesday at the Sea Best Invitational, which was played at TPC Sawgrass (Dye’s Valley Course – 6,858 yards, par 70).
 
UNLV’s round was tied for the third-lowest on the final day. 
 
Florida State captured the team title by three shots at even-par 840 after a final-round-low 9-under 271. No. 23 North Florida finished second at 3-over, followed by Florida t 8-over, Liberty at 11-over and NC State rounded out the top five at 14-over. UNLV finished the event in 10th place at 30-over 870.
Individually, there was a three-way tie for medalist honors at 4-under 206. Florida State’s John Pak shot 4-under 66 during the final round, while Florida’s Gordon Neale was 2-under and Jacksonville’s Eduardo Carrete hwas 3-over. There was a three-way tie for fourth at 2-under.
REBEL OF THE DAY: Senior Harry Hall was UNLV’s top finisher as he placed in a tie for 15th at 3-over 213. He shot a final-round even-par 70 with three birdies and three bogeys.
COMPLETE REBEL SCORES:
• T15th – Harry Hall, senior (68-75-80=213, +3)
T31st – David Rauch, freshman (72-74-71=217, +7)
T40th – Justin Kim, junior (74-75-70=219, +9)
T50th – Jack Trent, sophomore (75-75-71=221, +11)
• 74th – Marco Trstenjak, freshman (75-81-75=231, +21) – playing as individual
T77th – Justin Chong, junior (77-77-80=234, +24)
TOP FIVE TEAMS:

1. Florida State (287-282-271=840, E)
2. North Florida (282-279-282=843, +3)
3. Florida (278-281-289=848, +8)
4. Liberty (279-289-283=851, +11)
5. NC State (290-274-290=854, +14)
There were a total of 14 teams and 84 individuals competing.
 
NEXT FOR THE REBELS: UNLV’s next action as a team will be Feb. 21-23 at the John Burns Intercollegiate in Hawaii.
 
REBEL NOTES: 
This was UNLV‘s first tournament of the spring season.
The Rebels are the three-time defending Mountain West champions. 
Last year’s team also finished third at the NCAA Regional in Columbus, Ohio, and placed in the top 20 at the NCAA Championship.
Trent earned the Mountain West Freshman of the Year award last season, while Hall and Trent were all recognized as All-MW performers.
• Hall was named a Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar in July.
UNLV has played in a NCAA-record 30 straight regionals. 
• This year marks head coach Dwaine Knight’s 32nd season leading the Rebel program.

Lady Rebels Face UNR On The Road Wednesday In Silver State Series Contest

UNLV LADY REBELS FACES UNR ON THE ROAD IN SILVER STATE SERIES CONTEST

Lady Rebels lead the all-times series with the Wolf Pack 35-10

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The UNLV Lady Rebels and in-state rival UNR face off for the first time this season Wednesday night, as the two will tip off at 6:30 pm in Reno in the first of two regular season games in the Silver State Series, the all-sports competition between the two schools sponsored by IBEW and Nevada Donor Network.

There will be a live video stream of the contest on the MW Network, while the radio broadcast will feature the call of Wyatt Tomchek and Mark Wasik. Both the video stream and the radio broadcast can be accessed at UNLVRebels.com.

UNLV Game Notes  ♦ A year ago, the Wolf Pack won the game in Reno in the last week of the regular season, and then stunned UNLV in the MW Quarterfinals in a 77-73 double-overtime win, the first-ever loss by the Lady Rebels in Las Vegas in the all-time series. ♦ While UNR has won two straight against UNLV, the Lady Rebels have historically dominated the series with a 35-10 all-time record against their in-state rival. That includes a 16-8 record in Reno. ♦ After opening the MW season with back-to-back road games, both losses, the Lady Rebels have rebounded to win four of their last five games. All four wins were by at least nine points as well. ♦ UNLV has been showing marked improvement on defense in conference action, holding five of its past seven opponents to under 58 points. ♦ UNR has yet to win a conference game at home this season, though two losses were by a combined three points (New Mexico and Boise State). 

Runnin’ Rebels Host No. 8/7 UNR Tuesday At 8 PM

RUNNIN’ REBELS HOST NO. 8/7 UNR TUESDAY AT 8 PM

Fans encouraged to wear red, free T-shirts given away for Silver State Series game

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The UNLV men’s basketball team, winner of four straight home games, will host Mountain West-leading and intrastate rival No. 7 UNR on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center.
 
Tickets for the game, which is part of The Silver State Series presented by IBEW and Nevada Donor Network, may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office. 
 
Two ticket deals are available for Tuesday’s game if purchased in advance (by Monday): The Rebel 4 Pack for just $79, which includes four tickets, four UNLV hats and four chicken finger combos from concessions, and the Eat All You Can 3-Game Plan for just $54, which includes tickets to games vs. UNR, San Diego State and Boise State.
 
Fans are encouraged to wear red to Tuesday night’s game and “What Color is the Fremont Cannon?” T-shirts will be given away to the first 1,000 season ticket holders and the first 500 general fans. There will be a free pregame party with entertainment along with food and drink for purchase that will begin at 6 p.m. in Tark Plaza, outside of the main entrance to the Thomas & Mack Center.
 
The Runnin’ Rebels (11-8, 5-2) enter the contest one game out of first place in the MW after having their two-game win streak snapped at San Diego State on Saturday.
 
The Wolf Pack (19-1, 6-1) have won five straight games after suffering their only loss of the season at New Mexico on Jan. 5. UNR defeated Colorado State (100-60) in its last game on Jan. 23.
 
Tuesday’s game will be televised on ESPN2 with Eric Rothman and Adrian Branch calling the action. Jon Sandler, former Runnin’ Rebel Robert Smith, and Steve Cofield (sideline reporter) will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM and online via the UNLV Gameday App and TuneIn (link at UNLVRebels.com).

Runnin’ Rebels Host New Mexico Tuesday At 7 PM

RUNNIN’ REBELS HOST NEW MEXICO TUESDAY AT 7 PM

UNLV men’s basketball looking for fourth straight home win, free T-shirts to be given away and fans encouraged to wear black

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 After its 38-point victory over San José State on Saturday (94-56), the UNLV men’s basketball team will be looking for its fourth straight home win as it hosts New Mexico on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center.
 
Tickets to Tuesday’s game start at just $16 when purchased in advance – at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office. This game is also part of the Eat-All-You-Can 4-Game Package.
 
UNLV (10-7, 4-1) is off to its first 4-1 start in Mountain West play in seven years and will be looking for a season-series sweep of the Lobos as it won 80-69 at The Pit earlier this month on Jan. 8.
 
It is Coaches vs. Cancer Week and the coaching staffs will be wearing suits and sneakers during the game in an effort to raise awareness and help save lives by raising funds for the American Cancer Society. Fans are encouraged to wear black and free UNLV tuxedo T-shirts will be given away to the first 500 season ticket holders in attendance and the first 250 general fans.
 
New Mexico (9-9, 3-3) is coming off an 83-53 home win over Wyoming on Saturday, which snapped a three-game losing skid. The Lobos are 4-3 in their last seven games and are led in scoring by Anthony Mathis’ 15.9 ppg.
 
Tuesday’s game will be televised on CBS Sports Network with Carter Blackburn and Pete Gillen calling the action. Jon Sandler, former Runnin’ Rebel Robert Smith, and Steve Cofield (sideline reporter) will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM and online via the UNLV Gameday App and TuneIn (link at UNLVRebels.com).

Runnin’ Rebels Host San José State Saturday At 4:30 PM

RUNNIN’ REBELS HOST SAN JOSE STATE SATURDAY AT 4:30 PM

UNLV men’s basketball looking for third straight home win, game to be televised on AT&T SportsNet

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After two straight road games, the UNLV men’s basketball team will return home to the Thomas & Mack Center to host San José State on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 4:30 p.m.  
 
Tickets to Saturday’s game may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.
 
UNLV (9-7, 3-1) was off to its first 3-0 start to conference play in 20 years and for the first time in its Mountain West history before losing at Air Force on Wednesday night. The Runnin’ Rebels will be looking for their third straight home win after opening MW play with victories over Colorado State and Wyoming. 
 
In the game Wednesday, sophomore guard Amauri Hardy scored a career-high 23 points on 7 of 14 shooting, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range. 
 
UNLV has been led in scoring this year by senior guard Kris Clyburn, who is averaging 13.4 ppg. Freshman forward Joel Ntambwe is close behind at 12.8 ppg, while Hardy is third at 12.4 ppg. Senior forward Shakur Juiston, who will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, averaged 10.8 ppg and 8.8 rpg over eight games played. The team’s current rebounding leader, sophomore forward Mbacke Diong (6.3 rpg), missed the Air Force game with an ankle injury. He also leads the team in blocks (third in the MW) with 1.7 bpg. Senior guard Noah Robotham is the Runnin’ Rebel assist leader (4.1 apg), ranking fifth in the MW.
 
San José State (3-13, 0-4) has lost seven straight games and is coming off an 81-63 home loss to Utah State. The Spartans have three players averaging in double-figure scoring, led by Michael Steadman’s 12.3 ppg.
 
Saturday’s game will be televised on AT&T SportsNet with Jenny Cavnar and Dave Bollwinkel calling the action. Jon Sandler, former Runnin’ Rebel Robert Smith, and Steve Cofield (sideline reporter) will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM and online via the UNLV Gameday App and TuneIn (link at UNLVRebels.com).

Runnin’ Rebels At Air Force Wednesday Night (ESPNU)

RUNNIN’ REBELS LOOK TO REMAIN UNBEATEN IN MOUNTAIN WEST PLAY

UNLV men’s basketball plays at Air Force on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. PT on ESPNU

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The UNLV men’s basketball team will look to remain unbeaten in Mountain West play as it travels to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to face Air Force on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 9 p.m. MT/8 p.m. PT at Clune Arena. 
 
UNLV (9-6, 3-0) is off to its first 3-0 start to conference play in 20 years and for the first time in its Mountain West history. The Runnin’ Rebels have started their MW season with home wins over Colorado State (78-76) and Wyoming (68-56), along with a road victory at New Mexico (80-69) last Tuesday. 
 
In the win over the Lobos, senior guard Kris Clyburn was just shy of a double-double with a career-high 25 points and nine rebounds.  
 
UNLV has been led in scoring this year by Clyburn, who is averaging 13.3 ppg. Freshman forward Joel Ntambwe is close behind at 12.4 ppg, while sophomore guard Amauri Hardy is third at 11.7 ppg. Senior forward Shakur Juiston, who will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, averaged 10.8 ppg and 8.8 rpg over eight games played. Among active players, sophomore forward Mbacke Diong is the team’s leading rebounder (6.3 rpg) and he also leads the team in blocks (third in the MW) with 1.7 bpg. Senior guard Noah Robotham is the Runnin’ Rebel assist leader (3.9 apg).
 
Air Force (6-10, 1-3) is coming off its first MW victory of the season: 62-48 at home over San Diego State on Saturday. The Falcons are led by Lavelle Scottie’s 13.4 ppg and Ryan Swan’s 6.4 rpg.
 
Wednesday’s game will be televised on ESPNU with Sam Farber and Richie Schueler calling the action. Jon Sandler, former Runnin’ Rebel Robert Smith, and Steve Cofield (sideline reporter) will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM and online via the UNLV Gameday App and TuneIn (link at UNLVRebels.com).

Lady Rebels Face New Mexico In MW Home Opener Wednesday

UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FACES NEW MEXICO IN CONFERENCE HOME OPENER WEDNESDAY

Lady Rebels have won five straight against the Lobos / UNLV announces facility change for Jan. 26 game vs SDSU

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UNLV, the only women’s basketball team in the Mountain West that opened the conference season with two straight road games, is happy to be back on its home court for Wednesday’s MW home opener against the New Mexico Lobos. The contest will tip off at 6 pm in the Cox Pavilion, and tickets for the contest at $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and staff, while kids 17 and under are free at UNLV Lady Rebel contests. Fans can also receive $3 off their admission if they purchase their ticket at UNLVTickets.com at least three hours before the game.

There will be a live video stream of the contest on the MW Network with Wyatt Tomchek as play-by-play and Curtis Stelzer as color, while the radio broadcast will feature the call of Adam Candee. Both the video stream and the radio broadcast can be accessed at UNLVRebels.com.

UNLV Game Notes ♦ The Lady Rebels hope for a change in fortune by playing in front of their home crowd, after suffering three-point loss at Colorado State on a late game-winning three-pointer Jan. 2, while Wyoming used a near-school record shooting performance from three-point range (14-of-23) for a double-digit win over UNLV Jan. 5. ♦ New Mexico brings the nation’s fourth-longest win streak into Wednesday’s contest, as the Lobos have won 11 straight and 12 of 13 this year, with the lone loss a 79-76 setback to Auburn. ♦ The Lobos will be playing just its fifth road game of the season. Two of the wins came by a combined six points (four in double-overtime at Houston and two in a 66-64 win at UNR Jan. 5). ♦ The Lady Rebels have been strong on their home courts the past three conference seasons, going 22-5 in league play (20-5 in the Cox Pavilion, 2-0 in the Thomas & Mack Center). That includes last season’s 8-1 home record. ♦ UNLV has won the past five games against the Lobos in the all-time series, and six straight in Las Vegas. The last loss to the Lobos in the Cox Pavilion was in the 2010-11 season (New Mexico did claim a win in the 2012 MW Tournament played in the Thomas & Mack Center).

FACILITY CHANGE FOR UNLV-SAN DIEGO STATE – JAN. 26 ♦ UNLV announced Tuesday that its upcoming game against San Diego State on Jan. 26 has been moved to the Thomas & Mack Center. Originally the game had been scheduled for the Cox Pavilion, it will still have a 3 pm tip.   

Runnin’ Rebels To Face New Mexico At The Pit Tuesday Night (ESPN2)

RUNNIN’ REBELS TO FACE NEW MEXICO AT THE PIT TUESDAY NIGHT

Both teams are 2-0 in MW play, 8 pm PT game to be televised on ESPN2

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The UNLV men’s basketball team will travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico, for its first Mountain West road game of the season as it will face New Mexico on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 9 p.m. MT/8 p.m. PT at The Pit. 
 
UNLV (8-6, 2-0) is off to its first 2-0 start in conference play in 13 years after home wins against Colorado State last Wednesday (78-76) and Wyoming on Saturday (68-56). Against the Cowboys, freshman forward Joel Ntambwe scored a career-high 31 points and tallied 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season. 
 
UNLV has been led in scoring this year by senior guard Kris Clyburn, who is averaging 12.5 ppg. Ntambwe is close behind at 12.4 ppg, while sophomore guard Amauri Hardy is third at 11.7 ppg. Senior forward Shakur Juiston, who will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, averaged 10.8 ppg and 8.8 rpg over eight games played. Among active players, sophomore forward Mbacke Diong is the team’s leading rebounder (6.6 rpg) and he also leads the team in blocks (second in the MW) with 1.9 bpg. Senior guard Noah Robotham is the Runnin’ Rebel assist leader (3.6 apg).
 
New Mexico (8-6, 2-0) is coming off an 85-58 upset of then-No. 6/5 UNR on Saturday at The Pit. The Lobos opened MW play 65-58 victory at Air Force last Wednesday. UNM is led in scoring by Anthony Mathis’ 16.4 ppg. Mathis earned this week’s MW Player of the Week award.
 
Tuesday’s game will be televised on ESPN2 with Sam Farber and Richie Schueler calling the action. Jon Sandler, former Runnin’ Rebel Robert Smith, and Steve Cofield (sideline reporter) will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM and online via the UNLV Gameday App and TuneIn (link at UNLVRebels.com).

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Runnin’ Rebels To Host Wyoming Saturday At 7 PM

RUNNIN’ REBELS TO HOST WYOMING SATURDAY AT 7 PM

UNLV men’s basketball looking for first 2-0 Mountain West start in 13 years

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 The UNLV men’s basketball team will play its second straight Mountain West game at the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. vs. Wyoming. The Runnin’ Rebels (7-6, 1-0 MW) are coming off a conference season-opening 78-76 victory over Colorado State on Wednesday.
 
Tickets to Saturday’s game may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.
 
In their first game at the Thomas & Mack Center in 31 days, the Runnin’ Rebels erased an eight-point deficit in the final 4:47 and a goaltending call against CSU with 1.2 seconds remaining gave UNLV the win.
 
UNLV is led in scoring by senior guard Kris Clyburn (12.8 ppg), sophomore guard Amauri Hardy (12.3 ppg) and freshman forward Joel Ntambwe (11.0 ppg). Shakur Juiston, who is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, averaged 10.8 ppg and 8.8 rpg over eight games played. Among active players, sophomore forward Mbacke Diong is the team’s leading rebounder (6.7 rpg) and he leads the team in blocks (second in the MW) with 1.8 bpg. Senior guard Noah Robotham is the team’s assist leader (3.2 apg).
 
Wyoming (4-10, 0-1) dropped its conference opener on Wednesday at home to Boise State (69-55). The Cowboys are led by Justin James’ 21.3 ppg and 9.6 rpg.
 
Saturday’s game will be televised on ESPNU with Sam Farber and Richie Schueler calling the action. Jon Sandler, former Runnin’ Rebel Robert Smith, and Steve Cofield (sideline reporter) will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM and online via the UNLV Gameday App and TuneIn (link at UNLVRebels.com).

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Runnin’ Rebels To Open Mountain West Play Jan. 2 Against CSU

RUNNIN’ REBELS TO OPEN MOUNTAIN WEST PLAY JAN. 2 AGAINST CSU

UNLV men’s basketball team back at Thomas & Mack Center for first time in 31 days

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The UNLV men’s basketball team will return home to the Thomas & Mack Center for the first time in a month and host Colorado State in both teams’ Mountain West opener this Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
 
Tickets may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.
 
Since last playing on its home floor Dec. 1, UNLV has played at Illinois (Dec. 8), vs. BYU at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (Dec. 15), and in Honolulu at the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Dec. 22-25). 
 
UNLV is led in scoring by senior guard Kris Clyburn and sophomore guard Amauri Hardy. They are both averaging 12.4 ppg, while senior forward Shakur Juiston (10.8 ppg), who is out with a knee injury, and freshman forward Joel Ntambwe (10.5 ppg) have also averaged double figures in scoring. Juiston (8.8 rpg) and sophomore forward Mbacke Diong (6.4 rpg) have been the team’s leading rebounders. Senior guard Noah Robotham is the team’s assist leader (3.3 apg).
 
CSU is coming off an 88-68 home loss to New Mexico State on Sunday. The Rams are led in scoring by J.D. Paige with 15.8 ppg.
 
Wednesday’s game will be televised on CBS Sports Network with Brent Stover and Bob Wenzel calling the action. Jon Sandler, former Runnin’ Rebel Robert Smith, and Steve Cofield (sideline reporter) will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM and online via the UNLV Gameday App and TuneIn (link at UNLVRebels.com).

UNLV ATHLETICS NEWS: Planning Underway For UNLV’s Move To $1.8 Billion Las Vegas Stadium

PLANNING UNDERWAY FOR UNLV’S MOVE TO $1.8 BILLION LAS VEGAS STADIUM

Pricing survey coming to fans in preparation for Las Vegas Stadium move in 2020

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In an effort to solicit the input of its loyal fan base, UNLV Athletics will send pricing surveys to football season ticket holders and Rebel Athletic Fund members this week, regarding ticket pricing and benefits at the new Las Vegas Stadium, opening in 2020. The best way to ensure priority to great seats in Las Vegas Stadium is by being a Rebel Athletic Fund member or a 2019 football season ticket holder.

“We are looking forward to spending the 2019 season celebrating the end of an era at our stadium of nearly 50 years,” UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois said. “As we move into Las Vegas Stadium, we want to make sure there are options for everyone to experience the new world-class home of the Rebels. The first step in preparing for that move is asking our loyal season ticket holders as well as our generous benefactors to provide us with critical feedback. Las Vegas is a great city with great people and fans, and we want our stakeholders to know that we are building something special here, together.”

Members of the Rebel Athletic Fund and 2018 football season ticket holders will begin to receive the surveys this week via email.

More information regarding UNLV’s Las Vegas Stadium seating process is scheduled to be released during the annual UNLV football season ticket renewal period coming in February 2019. However, deposits are already being accepted for luxury suites at the $1.8 billion Las Vegas Stadium. While pricing for the suites is yet to be determined, supporters can reserve their spots now for the exclusive, state-of-the-art high-end hospitality. For more information regarding suite deposits at Las Vegas Stadium, contact Blair DeBord at (702) 895-1237 or blair.debord@unlv.edu.

“The layout is advantageous for a collegiate program as it allows us to have a stadium within a stadium, which creates a memorable environment for our student body and fan base,” Reed-Francois said. “We are working closely with our great partners at the Raiders to ensure that this move will set UNLV apart in the college football world.”

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