Runnin’ Rebels To Face BYU Saturday In Salt Lake City

RUNNIN’ REBELS TO FACE BYU IN SALT LAKE CITY

Saturday’s game between former Mountain West rivals at 12 p.m. PT on BYUtv

 

After opening Mountain West play Wednesday with a thrilling 81-80 double-overtime win at Fresno State, the UNLV men’s basketball team will resume non-conference action on Saturday, Dec. 7, by traveling to Salt Lake City, Utah, to face former Mountain West rival BYU at 1 p.m. MT/12 p.m. PT in a neutral-site game at Vivint Smart Home Arena.


Forty percent of UNLV’s games have gone into overtime this season (4 of 10) with Wednesday’s win being the first Runnin’ Rebel overtime victory this year. UNLV (4-6) opened the 2019-20 season with an 86-71 win over Purdue Fort Wayne then dropped three straight games vs. Power 5 conference teams (vs. Kansas State in OT, at Cal in OT and at UCLA). UNLV has now won two of its last three contests.

Junior guard Amauri Hardy leads four Runnin’ Rebels averaging in double-figure scoring with 17.7 points per game (4th in MW), while junior forward Mbacke Diong is the team’s leading rebounder with 10.1 per contest (2nd in MW, 25th in nation). UNLV is under new leadership this year in head coach T.J. Otzelberger.

BYU (6-4) also has a first-year coach in Mark Pope. The Cougars have also won two of their last three games, but are coming off a 102-95 overtime loss at Utah on Wednesday. BYU has four players averaging in double figures, including Yoeli Childs, who just regained eligibility and scored 29 on Wednesday in his season debut.

Saturday’s game will be televised by BYUtv with Dave McCann and Blaine Fowler calling the action. Jon Sandler, former Runnin’ Rebel Curtis Terry and Steve Cofield (sideline reporter) will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 in Las Vegas and online via the UNLVGameday App and TuneIn.

 

Runnin’ Rebels Open Mountain West Play Wednesday At Fresno State

RUNNIN’ REBELS OPEN MOUNTAIN WEST PLAY WEDNESDAY

UNLV at Fresno State at 7 p.m. on AT&T SportsNet; Marks earliest league start in program history
After suffering its third overtime loss of the season at Cincinnati on Saturday, the Runnin’ Rebels will open Mountain West play at Fresno State on Wednesday, December 4 at 7 p.m. It will mark the earliest start to conference play for the Runnin’ Rebels in program history.


UNLV (3-6) opened the 2019-20 season with an 86-71 win over Purdue Fort Wayne then dropped three straight games vs. Power 5 conference teams (vs. Kansas State in OT, at Cal in OT and at UCLA). UNLV is 2-3 in its last five contests.

Junior guard Amauri Hardy leads three Runnin’ Rebels averaging in double-figure scoring with 17.7 points per game (3rd in MW), while junior forward Mbacke Diong is the team’s leading rebounder with 10.6 per contest (2nd in MW, 15th in nation). UNLV is under new leadership this year in head coach T.J. Otzelberger.

Fresno State (2-4) is 2-0 at home this season, but has lost its last two contests: a neutral-site game vs. Saint Mary’s (68-58) and at Cal State Northridge (73-72). Three Bulldogs are averaging in double figures in scoring, led by Jarred Hyder’s 15.6 ppg.

Wednesday’s game will be televised by AT&T SportsNet with Drew Goodman, Dave Bollwinkel and Jenny Cavnar (sideline reporter) calling the action. Jon Sandler, former Runnin’ Rebel Curtis Terry and Steve Cofield (sideline reporter) will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 in Las Vegas and online via the UNLVGameday App and TuneIn.

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Runnin’ Rebels To Close Out Homestand Tuesday Night

RUNNIN’ REBELS TO CLOSE OUT HOMESTAND TUESDAY NIGHT

UNLV men’s basketball team will conclude four-game, eight-day stretch with Jackson State at 7 p.m. at Thomas & Mack Center
 
The UNLV men’s basketball team will conclude its four-game, eight-day homestand on Tuesday, Nov. 26, by hosting Jackson State at 7 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center. It will mark UNLV’s fourth and final game in the Southwestern Showdown presented by Engage Telehealth, a multiple-team event played in round-robin format.


UNLV (2-5) opened the 2019-20 season with an 86-71 win over Purdue Fort Wayne on Nov. 5 then dropped three straight games vs. Power 5 conference teams (vs. Kansas State in OT, at Cal in OT and at UCLA) before getting back in the win column against Abilene Christian on Nov. 18. The Runnin’ Rebels have now dropped two straight games, both at home, to Texas State and SMU.

Junior guard Amauri Hardy leads three Runnin’ Rebels averaging in double-figure scoring with 18.0 points per game (3rd in MW), while junior forward Mbacke Diong is the team’s leading rebounder with 10.4 per contest (2nd in MW). In the Runnin’ Rebels’ last game, sophomore guard Bryce Hamilton scored a career-high 18 points on 6 of 11 shooting, including 4 of 6 on 3-pointers. UNLV is under new leadership this year in head coach T.J. Otzelberger.

Jackson State (1-5) lost five straight road games to open the season before recording its first victory of the year on Friday, 72-53, over Southern University at New Orleans, which was also its first home game of the year. Tristan Jarrett leads the team in scoring at 16.7 points per game, while Jayveous McKinnis also is in double figures in scoring with 12.0 ppg and leads the team in rebounding (8.5 rpg).

Tuesday’s game will be video streamed live on the Mountain West Network/UNLVRebels.com with Tony Cordasco and Donovan Stewart calling the action. Jon Sandler, former Runnin’ Rebel Curtis Terry and Steve Cofield (sideline) will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 in Las Vegas and online via the UNLVGameday App and TuneIn.

Single-Game Tickets For Runnin’ Rebel Basketball On Sale Now

SINGLE-GAME TICKETS FOR RUNNIN’ REBEL BASKETBALL ON SALE NOW
Tickets available for marquee games against Kansas State, SMU, UNR and more
Single-game tickets for UNLV men’s basketball for the 2019-20 season are now on sale.
 
An exclusive window began Thursday for season ticket holders to purchase single-game tickets online for the 2019-20 season, but now they are available for purchase by the general public online, over the phone and in person.
 

UNLV’s schedule in head coach T.J. Otzelberger’s first season leading the Runnin’ Rebels includes non-conference home games at the Thomas & Mack Center against defending Big 12 champion Kansas State, SMU, and Mountain West opponents San Diego State, UNR and New Mexico.


Complete pricing and single game ticket info may be found by clicking here.

Mini-plans are also available for purchase now. Mini-plans include games against Kansas State, SMU, New Mexico, San Diego State and UNR with a meal provided at each game. Mini-plans are available in select Lower Bowl areas and include access to the ticket exchange program.

More info on the mini-plans may be found by clicking here. Visit UNLVtickets.com or call 702-739-FANS (3267) for all UNLV Athletics ticket information.

The Runnin’ Rebels will play an exhibition game at the Thomas & Mack Center on Friday, October 25, at 7p.m. vs. West Coast Baptist before opening up the regular season at home on Tuesday, Nov. 5, vs. Purdue Fort Wayne.

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

New Added Value Concessions Packages Announced For Runnin’ Rebel Basketball

NEW ADDED VALUE CONCESSIONS PACKAGES ANNOUNCED FOR RUNNIN’ REBEL BASKETBALL

As a way to add value for UNLV basketball fans, UNLV Athletics has announced two unique concessions packages for the 2019-20 Runnin’ Rebel season.
 
UNLV men’s basketball season ticket holders will have the option to upgrade their experience at the Thomas & Mack Center with a meal for six of the biggest games this coming season. The “Eat All You Can” option, which was introduced last season, will return for those who purchase group tickets to select games.
 
For only $7 per game, which is a significant savings over game day concessions prices, Runnin’ Rebel season ticket holders will be able to enjoy a variety of concessions combo items for select games. Items will include pizza, chicken fingers, cheeseburgers, and more. To take advantage, season ticket holders can simply redeem a pre-paid voucher at the concessions stands for their meal. The offering will include:


  • 11.9.19 vs. Kansas State – Chicken fingers, fries and regular soft drink

  • 11.23.19 vs. SMU – Pizza and regular soft drink

  • 1.18.20 vs. New Mexico – Cheeseburger, fries and regular soft drink

  • 1.26.20 vs. SDSU – Chicken fingers, fries and regular soft drink

  • 2.12.20 vs. UNR – Pizza and regular soft drink

  • 2.26.20 vs. Boise State – Cheeseburger, fries and regular soft drink


“We have listened to our season ticket holders and are excited to offer the opportunity for them to upgrade their experience during some of our biggest games this season,” said Megan Caligiuri, Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Operations.

The “Eat All You Can” option for groups of 20 or more will return for the same six games, and will include unlimited hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, and soda from select stands. Group ticket prices with “Eat All You Can” start as low as $20.

Runnin’ Rebel season ticket holders will have until October 30, 2019, to purchase the featured meal upgrade. To purchase, season ticket holders can log-in to their UNLVTickets account here, or call 702-739-FANS. Those interested in group tickets with unlimited hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, and soda may contact Group Sales Coordinator Michelle Carey, at michelle.carey@unlv.edu or 702-895-2785.

The Runnin’ Rebels, under first-year head coach T.J. Otzelberger, will host West Coast Baptist College in an exhibition game at the Thomas & Mack Center on Friday, Oct. 25, before facing Purdue Fort Wayne to open the regular season on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Fans will have a chance to see the team, along with the Lady Rebels, for the first time at the UNLV Basketball Showcase, which starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, prior to UNLV football’s game vs. Boise State.

Season tickets are on sale now, starting as low as $119. Click here to purchase or for more information, visit UNLVtickets.com, call 702-739-FANS or visit the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.

UNLV BASKETBALL SHOWCASE SET FOR OCT. 5 AT SAM BOYD STADIUM

UNLV BASKETBALL SHOWCASE SET FOR OCT. 5 AT SAM BOYD STADIUM
 
Free fan event featuring the men’s and women’s basketball teams returns for second straight year; will precede Rebel football game vs. Boise State
 
UNLV Athletics will hold its annual free preseason fan event for its men’s basketball and women’s basketball programs on Saturday, Oct. 5, outside Sam Boyd Stadium.


The UNLV Basketball Showcase, which will be held in conjunction with a Rebel football game for the second straight year, will be located adjacent to the Rebel Block Party near the west entrance of the stadium. The unique event will begin at 6 p.m. before UNLV’s football game vs. Boise State (kickoff at 7:30 p.m.).

Open to the public, the Showcase will be the first chance for fans to get a glimpse of this year’s Runnin’ Rebels and Lady Rebels, and will feature team introductions, a variety of basketball competitions including both teams and fans, autographs and much more.


“We are looking forward to starting the season with this event at Sam Boyd Stadium before the Rebel football game,” UNLV men’s basketball head coach T.J. Otzelberger said. “It’s always great to be out in the community and this will give us another opportunity to get to know Rebel fans.”


The Thomas & Mack Center court that was used through the 2016-17 season will be transported to the stadium’s parking lot to be used along with portable bleachers.


“We enjoyed the Showcase last year,” UNLV women’s basketball head coach Kathy Olivier said. “It was a creative event and the reaction from our fans and student-athletes was overwhelmingly positive. We love getting a chance to connect with the community and we are looking forward to the event next month.”


Fans in attendance will receive the official team schedule posters for each program and students will get a free T-shirt (while supplies last). Additionally, vouchers will be distributed at the conclusion of the event (during autographs) for a Runnin’ Rebel challenge coin to be redeemed during the men’s basketball game vs. defending Big 12 Champion Kansas State on Saturday, November 9.


Free parking will be available at Sam Boyd Stadium for the Showcase. While fans don’t need tickets to attend the basketball event, tickets to the football game may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or at the Thomas & Mack Center and Sam Boyd Stadium Box Offices. 


Basketball season tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.


The Runnin’ Rebels will host West Coast Baptist College in an exhibition game at the Thomas & Mack Center on Friday, October 25, before facing Purdue Fort Wayne to open the regular season on Tuesday, November 5. The Lady Rebels, who will not play an exhibition game, open their season at the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday, November 9 prior to the Runnin’ Rebels hosting Kansas State.

TELEVISION BROADCAST SCHEDULE AND TIMES ANNOUNCED FOR UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL

TELEVISION BROADCAST SCHEDULE AND TIMES ANNOUNCED FOR UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL
 
Every Runnin’ Rebel game during the 2019-20 season will be available for viewing on TV or online; two date shifts also announced
 
Every UNLV men’s basketball game during the 2019-20 season will be available on television or online as the Mountain West announced its national and regional broadcast lineup Wednesday.
 
The Runnin’ Rebels will have a total of at least 19 games shown on an ESPN network, CBS Sports Network or AT&T SportsNet, while additional games will be available through Stadium on Facebook or at UNLVRebels.com. 
 
Most game times and some date shifts were also announced Wednesday. UNLV’s home game vs. San Diego State, which was previously scheduled for Saturday, January 25, will now take place on Sunday, January 26, and UNLV’s home game vs. Colorado State, previously scheduled for Wednesday, February 19, will now be played on Tuesday, February 18. 
 
Times and TV for the Runnin’ Rebels’ non-conference road games have not yet been announced.
 
CLICK HERE for the updated 2019-20 UNLV men’s basketball schedule.
 
PURCHASE TICKETS: Tickets for the 2019-20 Runnin’ Rebel season are on sale now. Purchase at UNLVtickets.com, 702-739-FANS (3267) or at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.
 
UNLV IN 2019-20: UNLV will have a new look this season in its first under head coach T.J. Otzelberger. Otzelberger spent the last three seasons as head coach at South Dakota State where he led the team to a 70-33 record and three straight postseason appearances. The Runnin’ Rebels return two starters from last year’s team and welcome seven new players to the roster.

UNLV ATHLETICS ANNOUNCES REBEL REWARDS PROGRAM

UNLV ATHLETICS ANNOUNCES REBEL REWARDS PROGRAM

New season ticket holder benefit to reward those with high attendance at games

UNLV Athletics has announced a brand-new program to reward season ticket holders for ensuring that their tickets are used at events. The Rebel Rewards Program is a new season ticket holder benefit designed to reward season ticket holders for any UNLV Athletics ticketed sport whose tickets are scanned and used at games this season.


The program is in place for all Rebel ticketed sports including football, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, and baseball. Rewards will be given for tickets scanned at 60% (except football), 80%, and 100% of ticketed events.


“One of our goals with this program is to reward our fans for making sure that even if they can’t attend a game because of a scheduling conflict, that they give their tickets to a family member or friend who can attend and cheer on the Rebels,” UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois said.


“It takes all of us pulling in the right direction and we are excited to show our appreciation for those supporters who will come out game after game to help give us a home-court advantage at the Thomas & Mack Center,” UNLV Men’s Basketball Head Coach T.J. Otzelberger said.


Runnin’ Rebel basketball supporters who eclipse the attendance marks this season will have the opportunity to earn a photo signed by Coach Otzelberger, a Runnin’ Rebel facilities tour by coaches and student-athletes, and a postseason shootaround and mini clinic at the Mendenhall Center with student-athletes and coaches.


Football season ticket holders will have the opportunity to get a personalized note from a member of the team or coaching staff and a tour of the new Fertitta Football Complex.

“Las Vegas offers a lot of different entertainment options so this is another great way for us to thank our fans for choosing to spend their time with us,” UNLV Football Head Coach Tony Sanchez said.

“Our Lady Rebel fans are the heartbeat of our team and we are excited to introduce a program that rewards them for their loyalty and commitment,” UNLV Women’s Basketball Coach Kathy Olivier said.


Fans can qualify to earn rewards for each sport that they hold season tickets for. The list of rewards for each sport are listed below:


Footballseason tickets starting at $99

  • 80% (5 games): Personalized card from a member of the team or coaching staff

  • 100% (All 6 games): Fertitta Football Complex tour


Men’s Basketball season tickets starting at $119

  • 60% (11 games): Photo signed by Head Coach T.J. Otzelberger

  • 80% (15 games): MBB facility tour given by MBB staff and student-athletes

  • 100% (All 18 games): Postseason shootaround and mini clinic at the Mendenhall center with student-athletes and coaches (NCAA rules apply)


Women’s Basketball season tickets starting at $60

  • 60% (10 games): Photo signed by Head Coach Kathy Olivier

  • 80% (13 games): WBB facility tour given by WBB staff and student-athletes

  • 100% (16 games) Postseason shootaround and mini clinic in the Cox Pavilion (NCAA rules apply)


Volleyball season tickets starting at $50

  • 60% (9 games): Personalized card from the team

  • 80% (12 games): Join the team for a meal

  • 100% (14 games): Join the team for a postseason practice


Men’s Soccer season tickets starting at $35

  • 60% – Signed soccer ball

  • 80% – Watch the team at an open practice

  • 100% – Chalk talk with the coaches


Women’s Soccer season tickets starting at $35

  • 60% – Signed soccer ball

  • 80% – Watch the team at an open practice

  • 100% – Chalk talk with the coaches


Softball and baseball rewards will be announced when season tickets go on sale later this year.


To purchase, please visit UNLVtickets.com/athletics or call 702-739-FANS.

 

 

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Donnie Tillman Chooses Runnin’ Rebels

DONNIE TILLMAN CHOOSES RUNNIN’ REBELS

Pac-12’s Sixth Man of the Year will transfer to UNLV from Utah
The UNLV men’s basketball program has received a signed commitment from Donnie Tillman, head coach T.J. Otzelberger announced Monday.

 

Tillman is a transfer from Utah, where he played as a freshman in 2017-18 and a sophomore in 2018-19. He will enroll at UNLV this fall.

 

The sixth commitment at UNLV under Otzelberger, Tillman, a 6-foot-7-inch 225-pound forward, earned the 2018-19 Pac-12 Conference’s Sixth Man of the Year Award. 

 

“Donnie is a proven, versatile wing who will immediately impact our program,” Otzelberger said. “An elite rebounder, he also has the ability to push the break and excel in transition. He is able to facilitate plays for himself as well as his teammates and his skill level while playing multiple positions offensively and defensively will make him a valuable weapon in the Mountain West.”

 

Starting 15 of his 31 games played last season for the Utes, he ranked third on the team in scoring with 10.5 points per game. He shot 43.9 percent from the field, 36.1 percent from 3-point range and 78.6 percent from the free-throw line. He was second on the team with 163 total rebounds (5.3 rpg) and he registered 18 double-digit scoring games, including a career-high 22 points at Arizona State. 

 

As a freshman, Tillman played in 28 games, averaging 20.3 minutes per contest and he ranked fifth on the team in scoring with 7.8 ppg. Utah finished third in the Pac-12 in both of Tillman’s seasons as a Ute.

 

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Tillman played three seasons at Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada, where he averaged 14.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg and shot 65 percent from the field as a senior. A four-star recruit by ESPN.com, he helped guide Findlay to a 33-4 record and an appearance in the national tournament’s semifinals.

 

He joins Jonah Antonio, David Jenkins Jr., Elijah Mitrou-Long, Vitaliy Shibel and Moses Wood as part of the Runnin’ Rebels’ 2019 recruiting class. 

 

SEASON TICKETS: Season tickets for the 2019-20 UNLV men’s basketball campaign are on sale now. To purchase, visit UNLVtickets.com, call 702-739-FANS or visit the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.

Return Of Runnin’ Rebel Tickets For Teachers Program Announced

UNLV ATHLETICS ANNOUNCES RETURN OF RUNNIN’ REBEL TICKETS FOR TEACHERS PROGRAM

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UNLV Athletics has announced the return of its “Tickets for Teachers” program for the upcoming 2019-20 Runnin’ Rebel basketball season as a way to say “thank you” to local teachers.

Working with the Clark County School District School-Community Partnership Office, the Tickets for Teachers program aims to provide two UNLV men’s basketball season tickets to every elementary and middle school in the district, which principals can distribute to deserving teachers.

 
CCSD is the fifth largest school district in the country and has a total of 285 elementary and middle schools.
 
The NBA and Tomorrow’s Stars Foundation have already committed to providing 100 tickets.
 
“The NBA Summer League and Tomorrow’s Stars Foundation are proud to support Tickets for Teachers and UNLV men’s basketball,” said Albert Hall, Las Vegas NBA Summer League Co-founder.  “We’ve all been positively influenced by teachers in our lives and appreciate the influential impact they have on our communities. This program is another example of Tomorrow’s Stars improving the Las Vegas area.” 
 
“Tickets for Teachers is one way for us to recognize and thank local teachers, who put in so much time, energy, and effort to make our community great,” said UNLV men’s basketball head coach T.J. Otzelberger.  “We appreciate the National Basketball Association jumping on board early to help our local educators.”
 
Additional tickets will be provided through “angel” donations from community members. A school (two tickets) can be sponsored for $240 for the men’s basketball season. Supporters can make their contribution by making a tax-deductible donation to the Rebel Athletic Fund in support of “Tickets for Teachers” following this link. Preferred schools can be recommended by donors, however, the program’s goal is to have all schools sponsored. After the purchase, the ticketing office then facilitates the donation of the tickets to the CCSD’s School-Community Partnership to be distributed to the schools.
 
“It is always encouraging to see Clark County School District community partners recognize and support the teachers who work so hard every day to ensure our students receive a rich and rigorous education,” said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara. “The efforts by UNLV and the NBA not only gives principals a way to thank and reward those teachers, but it also gives the teachers the opportunity to have a little fun and support the Runnin’ Rebels as well.”
 
Those interested in more information on the program or supporting schools can contact Barry Kamen in the UNLV Athletics Ticketing Department at 702-895-3679 or by email at barry.kamen@unlv.edu.

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: 2019-20 Non-Conference Schedule Announced

UNLV’S 2019-20 NON-CONFERENCE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
Runnin’ Rebels to face five teams coming off postseason appearances, including three defending conference champions

 

 
 UNLV Athletics announced the non-conference portion of its 2019-20 men’s basketball schedule Wednesday.


Highlighted by games against five teams that made postseason appearances last season, including three defending conference champions, this year’s non-conference slate features games against Kansas State, Cincinnati, UCLA, BYU, California and SMU.


The strongest non-conference schedule for the Runnin’ Rebels in four years (based on 2018-19 final NET Rankings) also includes the highest number of Quadrant 1 & 2 opponents (also based on 2018-19 final NET Rankings) for UNLV since the NCAA introduced the tracking system. Additionally, the Runnin’ Rebels will play three true road games during non-conference action, the squad’s most in three years.


“We are excited about our schedule,” said UNLV head coach T.J. Otzelberger, who is entering his first season leading the program. “It will be competitive and challenge our team as we prepare for Mountain West play. Our goal is to continually strengthen our schedule each year and we look forward to playing against some of the best teams in the country.”


The Runnin’ Rebels’ 2019-20 season will begin with three straight games at the Thomas & Mack Center starting with an exhibition contest against West Coast Baptist College on Friday, October 25.


The regular-season opener will take place on Tuesday, November 5 against Purdue Fort Wayne followed by a visit from defending regular-season Big 12 Champion Kansas State on Saturday, November 9. The Wildcats, who finished the 2018-19 season with an overall record of 25-9 and a conference mark of 14-4, earned their first league title in six years and second under head coach Bruce Weber. K-State finished the regular season ranked No. 19 in the country and made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.


The Runnin’ Rebels will then head to California for their first road contests of the year to face back-to-back Pac-12 foes: at Cal on Tuesday, November 12 and at UCLA on Friday, November 15. Both programs are also under first-year head coaches in Mark Fox and Mick Cronin, respectively. Fox previously was head coach at UNR then Georgia, while Cronin came from Cincinnati.


UNLV will then return home to the Thomas & Mack Center for four straight games: vs. Abilene Christian on Monday, November 18, Texas State on Wednesday, November 20, SMU on Saturday, November 23 and Jackson State on Tuesday, November 26. Abilene Christian turned in a 27-7 overall mark last season, finished second in the Southland Conference and won its league tournament to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Texas State was 24-10, finished second in the Sun Belt Conference and participated in the CIT.


After Thanksgiving, UNLV will make a trip to the East to play at Cincinnati on Saturday, November 30. The Bearcats were 28-7 overall last season and finished second in the American Athletic Conference with a top-25 national ranking. Cincinnati also appeared in the NCAA Tournament after claiming its conference’s tournament championship.


UNLV will face BYU at a neutral site in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Saturday, December 7, which will mark its final game before finals week. The Cougars tied for second in the West Coast Conference last season.


The Runnin’ Rebels will close out the non-conference schedule with three games at home: vs. Pacific on Wednesday, December 18, Robert Morris on Saturday, December 21 and Eastern Michigan on Saturday, December 28. Robert Morris finished third in the Northeast Conference and advanced to the CIT’s second round.


The Mountain West schedule will be announced soon. All game times and television appearances will be shared upon confirmation.


Click here for the 2019-20 non-conference schedule on UNLVRebels.com


TICKETS: Runnin’ Rebel season tickets are on sale now and start as low as $119. To purchase, visit UNLVtickets.com, call 702-739-FANS (3267) or visit the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.


UNLV Men’s Basketball’s 2019-20 Non-Conference Schedule

Fri., Oct. 25 West Coast Baptist (exhibition) Thomas & Mack Center

Tues., Nov. 5 Purdue Fort Wayne Thomas & Mack Center

Sat., Nov. 9 Kansas State Thomas & Mack Center

Tues., Nov. 12 at California Berkeley, California

Fri., Nov. 15 at UCLA Los Angeles, California

Mon., Nov. 18 Abilene Christian Thomas & Mack Center

Wed., Nov. 20 Texas State Thomas & Mack Center

Sat., Nov. 23 SMU Thomas & Mack Center

Tues., Nov. 26 Jackson State Thomas & Mack Center

Sat., Nov. 30 at Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio

Sat., Dec. 7 vs. BYU Salt Lake City, Utah

Wed., Dec. 18 Pacific Thomas & Mack Center

Sat., Dec. 21 Robert Morris Thomas & Mack Center

Sat., Dec. 28 Eastern Michigan Thomas & Mack Center

Runnin’ Rebel Series With UCLA Announced

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The UNLV men’s basketball team will play UCLA out of the Pac-12 Conference in a home-and-home series beginning this season, Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois announced Tuesday.
 
The Runnin’ Rebels, under first-year head coach T.J. Otzelberger, will play at Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA on Friday, November 15, 2019, while the return game of the two-year series is scheduled for the Thomas & Mack Center on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.
 
“Runnin’ Rebel fans have craved this matchup for years and we are pleased it has come to fruition,” Reed-Francois said. “UCLA is a storied program, one of the most recognizable in college basketball history, and will make an outstanding regional series with national interest. As we work to continue to enhance our future schedules, the Bruins have the type of program from a strong conference that fits our philosophy well in terms of opponent attractiveness and positioning our team for postseason play.”
 
Runnin’ Rebel season tickets are on sale now and start as low as $119. To purchase, visit UNLVtickets.com, call 702-739-FANS (3267) or visit the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.
 
UCLA, which finished 17-16 overall last season and seventh in the Pac-12 with a 9-9 conference mark, is also under a first-year head coach in Mick Cronin.
 
The Bruins lead the all-time series with UNLV, 5-0. The last meeting took place in the 2015 Maui Invitational, while these scheduled games will mark the first in the home venues between the two since 1997 and 1998.
 
UNLV has recently announced three other two-year home-and-home series’ with Cal, SMU and Kansas State. Additional 2019-20 UNLV men’s basketball schedule details will be announced soon.

 

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Runnin’ Rebel Series With SMU Announced

RUNNIN’ REBEL SERIES WITH SMU ANNOUNCED
UNLV men’s basketball will host the Mustangs this season and travel to Dallas during the 2020-21 campaign

 
The UNLV men’s basketball team will play SMU out of the American Athletic Conference in a home-and-home series beginning this season, the Athletics Department announced Thursday.
 
The Runnin’ Rebels, under first-year head coach T.J. Otzelberger, will host the Mustangs at the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday, November 23, 2019, while the return game of the two-year series is scheduled for SMU’s Moody Coliseum in Dallas on Tuesday, December 22, 2020.
 
“We are excited to add this series with SMU to our schedule for the next two years,” said Marcus Bowman, UNLV Senior Associate Athletics Director. “Playing a quality opponent from a highly rated conference aligns with our scheduling philosophy of creating an attractive schedule for our fans while positioning our team for postseason selection.”
 
Runnin’ Rebel season tickets are on sale now and start as low as $119. To purchase, visit UNLVtickets.com, call 702-739-FANS (3267) or visit the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.
 
UNLV is 3-3 all-time vs. SMU in men’s basketball. The last meeting took place in 2009 at the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii. The Runnin’ Rebels won that game, 67-53. UNLV is 2-2 vs. SMU at the Thomas & Mack Center and 0-1 against the Mustangs at Moody Coliseum.
 
A two-year series with Cal was announced last week. Additional 2019-20 UNLV men’s basketball schedule details will be announced in the near future.

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 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).