UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Runnin’ Rebels To Hold Slam Dunk Social For Women

RUNNIN’ REBELS TO HOLD SLAM DUNK SOCIAL FOR WOMEN

 

The event offers a UNLV men’s basketball behind-the-scenes experience 

 

 

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The UNLV men’s basketball program will host the Runnin’ Rebel Slam Dunk Social for Ladies on Sunday, October 7, from 2-4 p.m. at the Mendenhall Center.

The event is a basketball clinic for women that will offer a behind-the-scenes experience with the Runnin’ Rebels. Registration will begin at 1 p.m. with an opportunity to watch the team practice for those who arrive early.

UNLV’s men’s basketball coaches, players and coaches’ wives will be a part of the clinic, which will include various basketball stations and a tour of the Mendenhall Center, which is one of the premier training facilities in all of basketball and the training home to the Runnin’ Rebels and also Team USA. UNLV’s Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois will also be in attendance and will speak to attendees.

“We are excited to host the Slam Dunk Social for Ladies again,” UNLV head men’s basketball coach Marvin Menzies said. “We received tremendous feedback from last year’s event and we hope to continue to improve it each year. Tammy and I look forward to seeing everyone from last year as well as some new faces.”

The clinic is open to 100 participants. Participants are encouraged to wear athletic shoes, but participation on the court is optional.

The cost of the event is $40, which also includes a t-shirt, raffle ticket and a basketball. To register, please contact Sara Seronko in the men’s basketball office at 702-895-3295 or by email at Sara.Seronko@unlv.edu

Runnin’ Rebels Earn Team Academic Excellence Award; Diamond Head Classic Tournament Bracket Announced

RUNNIN’ REBELS EARN NABC’S TEAM ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR FIRST TIME

Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic bracket announced; Runnin’ Rebels will play host Hawaii on ESPNU in first round

 

The UNLV men’s basketball team has earned the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Award for the first time, the organization announced Wednesday.
 
Created by the NABC Committee on Academics, the awards recognize outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better for the 2017-18 season. This year marks the sixth season of the program.
 
For the first time in Runnin’ Rebel history, the team recorded two consecutive semesters with a GPA over 3.0 (Fall 2017, Spring 2018).
 
In order to earn the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, institutions in the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA must count the GPAs of all student-athletes who competed during the 2017-18 season.
 
 
Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic Bracket Announced: The bracket for the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, Dec. 22-25, was also announced Wednesday. 
 
The Runnin’ Rebels will open the tournament vs. host Hawaii on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. PT (ESPNU), and will then face either Colorado or Indiana State on Sunday, Dec. 23 at 1:30 p.m. PT (ESPN2) or 4 p.m. PT (ESPNU). 
 
The four other teams include Bucknell, Charlotte, Rhode Island and TCU. 
 
PURCHASE TICKETS: Tickets for the 2018-19 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 2018-19: Head Coach Marvin Menzies enters his third season at the helm of the program in 2018-19. The Runnin’ Rebels return seven players plus two transfer redshirts from their 20-win season in 2017-18. It marked a nine-game improvement in the win column from the previous year and was UNLV‘s first 20-win season since 2013-14. The program’s 2018 recruiting class includes four newcomers (all freshmen) and has been ranked No. 2 in the Mountain West.

Laird Named Runnin’ Rebel Assistant Coach

LAIR NAMED RUNNIN’ REBEL ASSISTANT COACH

UNLV men’s basketball’s former director of operations had been serving in interim assistant coach role for past several months

Preston Laird has been hired as an assistant coach for the UNLV men’s basketball program, head coach Marvin Menzies announced Monday.
 
Laird spent the past two years working under Menzies for the Runnin’ Rebels as their director of basketball operations, and recently moved into the assistant coach role on an interim basis. 
 
“After going through a rigorous search and interviewing several qualified candidates, it became apparent that the perfect fit for us was right here at UNLV,” Menzies said. “Having worked with Preston over the last six years, I am confident that he will help us with our program’s upward trajectory, while at the same time maintaining continuity. He has been working toward an opportunity like this and has earned it through his loyalty, hard work and passion for developing young adults.”
 
After his first season in Las Vegas, Laird was named to the 2017 Under Armour 30-Under-30 Team, which is comprised of up-and-coming young coaches recognized by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). 
 
“I am grateful to have worked for Coach Menzies over the last six years,” Laird said. “Coach is a tremendous leader, and his mentorship has brought me to this point. I am excited to continue assisting with the growth of this program and the development of our student-athletes.”
 
Laird came to Las Vegas in 2016 after spending four years at New Mexico State under Menzies. Laird served as the Aggies’ director of basketball operations during his final season (2015-16) in Las Cruces. Prior to that, he served as a graduate assistant and then as special assistant to the head coach.
 
During Laird’s time at NMSU, the program made four straight postseason appearances and won two regular-season Western Athletic Conference Championships. He was on the staff during the team’s run to three consecutive WAC Tournament Championships (2013-15) and three straight NCAA Tournament berths, along with an invitation to the NIT in 2016.
 
Under Menzies, Laird has gained experience with daily program operations, team travel, scheduling, compliance, fundraising, recruiting, student-athlete development, academics, community outreach, summer camp, and other special projects. 
 
Prior to his time at New Mexico State, Laird enjoyed a playing career at Memphis from 2008-12. He walked on and helped the Tigers reach the Sweet 16 under head coach John Calipari. At the start of the 2009 season, Laird was named team captain and earned a full athletic scholarship under head coach Josh Pastner.
 
During his four years at Memphis, Laird was part of four postseason appearances including three NCAA Tournaments.
 
Laird earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Memphis in 2012 and holds a master’s in curriculum and instruction from New Mexico State, which he earned in 2014.
 
PURCHASE TICKETS: Tickets for the 2018-19 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 2018-19: Head Coach Marvin Menzies enters his third season at the helm of the program in 2018-19. The Runnin’ Rebels return seven players plus two transfer redshirts from their 20-win season in 2017-18. It marked a nine-game improvement in the win column from the previous year and was UNLV’s first 20-win season since 2013-14. The program’s 2018 recruiting class includes four newcomers (all freshmen) and has been ranked No. 2 in the Mountain West.

Runnin’ Rebels’ 2018-19 Mountain West Schedule Announced

RUNNIN’ REBELS’ 2018-19 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 2018-19 Mountain West schedule on Monday, as the league released the entire lineup of games.
 
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 sixth year that the MW has utilized the 18-game format since expanding to its current membership in 2013-14.
 
Monday’s release represents the first phase in the 2018-19 men’s basketball schedule process. MW 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 and the Mountain West Network on STADIUM will begin their picks after the national television lineup has been announced.
 
The 2018-19 MW schedule begins on Wednesday, January 2 with five contests, including UNLV’s conference home opener vs. Colorado State. UNLV will also host (in order) Wyoming, San Jose State, New Mexico, UNR, Fresno State, Air Force, San Diego State and Boise State at the Thomas & Mack Center this season in league play.
 
The game at home against Fresno State will be the only time the Runnin’ Rebels and Bulldogs will face off during the regular season, while the game at Utah State will be the only time UNLV will face the Aggies. The Runnin’ Rebels will have byes on Saturday, January 12 and Wednesday, March 6.
 
The conference season plays out over 10 weeks and concludes on Saturday, March 9. League play will determine the seeding for the 2019 MW Men’s Basketball Championship held March 13-16 at the Thomas & Mack Center. 
 
UNLV will release its non-conference schedule when it’s finalized. Game times will be set once all broadcast networks make their selections.
 
PURCHASE TICKETS: Tickets for the 2018-19 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 2018-19: Head Coach Marvin Menzies enters his third season at the helm of the program in 2018-19. The Runnin’ Rebels return seven players plus two transfer redshirts from their 20-win season in 2017-18. It marked a nine-game improvement in the win column from the previous year and was UNLV‘s first 20-win season since 2013-14. The program’s 2018 recruiting class includes four newcomers and has been ranked No. 2 in the Mountain West.
 
UNLV’s 2018-19 Mountain West Schedule
Wed. Jan. 2 Colorado State
Sat. Jan. 5 Wyoming
Wed. Jan. 9 at New Mexico
Sat. Jan. 12 Bye
Wed. Jan. 16 at Air Force
Sat. Jan. 19 San Jose State
Wed. Jan. 23 New Mexico
Sat. Jan. 26 at San Diego State
Wed. Jan. 30 UNR
Sat. Feb. 2 at Utah State
Wed. Feb. 6 at Boise State
Sat. Feb. 9 Fresno State
Wed. Feb. 13 Air Force
Sat. Feb. 16 at San Jose State
Wed. Feb. 20 at Wyoming
Sat. Feb. 23 San Diego State
Wed. Feb. 27 at UNR
Sat. Mar. 2 Boise State
Wed. Mar. 6 Bye
Sat. Mar. 9 at Colorado State

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua Added To 2018 Runnin’ Rebel Class

JONATHAN TCHAMWA TCHATCHOUA ADDED TO 2018 RUNNIN’ REBEL CLASS

 


Originally from Douala, Cameroon, 6-8 forward comes to UNLV from the NBA Global Academy in Australia

 

The UNLV men’s basketball program has received a signed national letter of intent from Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua, head coach Marvin Menzies announced Friday. Tchamwa Tchatchoua plans to enroll at UNLV this summer and will be a freshman for the 2018-19 season.
 
The 6-foot-8-inch, 230-pound forward is originally from Douala, Cameroon, but has lived in Canberra, Australia, for the past two years attending the NBA Global Academy, which is an elite basketball training center at the BA Centre of Excellence at the Australian Institute of Sport.
 
“We are very pleased and feel fortunate to have secured such a talented prospect this late in the recruiting period,” Menzies said. “Jonathan was impressed with all we have to offer as a program and we were equally impressed with him as a player and a person. He checks all of the boxes when it comes to what we are looking for in a student-athlete here at UNLV. We are excited to add him to the Runnin’ Rebel family and are looking forward to adding his passion, work ethic and competitiveness to our program.” 
Tchamwa Tchatchoua was invited to participate in the prestigious Luc Mbah a Moute Basketball Camp in Cameroon and played in the Basketball Without Borders Africa All-Star Game in 2016 where he won the dunk contest. He also played in the BWB Global at NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans in 2017 and at Adidas Nations that year in Houston for Team Africa.
 
Tchamwa Tchatchoua chose UNLV over Gonzaga and St. John’s.
 
He joins Bryce Hamilton, Joel Ntambwe and Trey Woodbury as members of UNLV’s 2018 recruiting class. Hamilton is a 6-foot-4-inch guard from Pasadena, California, who attends Pasadena High School, Ntambwe is a 6-foot-9-inch forward from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who attends Aspire Academy in Kentucky, while Woodbury is 6-foot-4-inch guard from Las Vegas’ Clark High School.
 
UNLV IN 2018-19: Menzies enters his third season at the helm of the program next season. The Runnin’ Rebels return seven players plus two transfer redshirts from its 20-win season in 2017-18. It marked UNLV‘s first 20-win season in four years (2013-14).
 
SEASON TICKETS: Season tickets for the 2018-19 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.

Runnin’ Rebels Add Ntambwe To 2018-19 Roster

RUNNIN’ REBELS ADD NTAMBWE TO 2018-19 ROSTER

Originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 6-9 forward comes to UNLV from Aspire Academy in Louisville


The UNLV men’s basketball program received a signed national letter of intent from Joel Ntambwe on the first day of the spring signing period, head coach Marvin Menzies announced Wednesday. Ntambwe plans to enroll at UNLV this summer and will be a freshman for the 2018-19 season.
 
The 6-foot-9-inch, 215-pound forward was born and raised in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and has spent the last four years in the United States. He is currently a senior at Aspire Academy in Louisville, Kentucky, where he averaged 13.3 points per game, while shooting 48.3 percent from the field during the 2017-18 season. He also averaged 6.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.2 steals per contest.
 
“Joel will be a great addition to our program,” Menzies said. “He is long, athletic, a great passer, and is capable of creating his own shot. He plays the game the way it is supposed to be played — unselfishly and with an old-school mentality. He is very versatile at 6-9 and comes from a successful program where he has played with elite talent.” 
 
He previously attended Forest Trail Academy in Kernersville, North Carolina, where he averaged 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists per game as a junior in 2016-17. He also has played for the Nike New York Rens U17 club team and chose the Runnin’ Rebel program over UCLA, Wichita State and Tennessee.
 
Ntambwe joins Bryce Hamilton and Trey Woodbury, who signed with the Runnin’ Rebels during the early signing period in the fall, as members of the 2018 recruiting class. Hamilton is a 6-foot-4-inch guard from Pasadena, California, who attends Pasadena High School, while Woodbury is 6-foot-4-inch guard from Las Vegas’ Clark High School.
 
UNLV IN 2018-19: Menzies enters his third season at the helm of the program next season. The Runnin’ Rebels return seven players plus two transfer redshirts from its 20-win season in 2017-18. It marked UNLV’s first 20-win season in four years (2013-14).
 
SEASON TICKETS: Season tickets for the 2018-19 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.

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: McCoy Announces He Will Declare For NBA Draft

MCCOY ANNOUNCES HE WILL DECLARE FOR NBA DRAFT

 


UNLV men’s basketball center was named Mountain West Freshman of the Year
UNLV men’s basketball freshman center Brandon McCoy has announced that he will declare for the 2018 NBA Draft.

 

“This is probably one of the toughest decisions I have ever made,” McCoy said. “My experience at UNLV has been amazing. I love Las Vegas, the university, Coach Menzies, my teammates and the entire Runnin’ Rebel program. I will always be a Rebel, but when weighing all the factors, with the support of my family I have decided it is in my best interest to forgo my collegiate eligibility and pursue my lifelong dream of playing in the NBA. I plan to earn my degree and will continue to work with Coach so that is achieved in the near future. There were so many great memories created here. I want to thank the entire Rebel Family and I will be their biggest fan moving forward. I will carry the Vegas Strong mentality with me for the rest of my life.”

 

McCoy, a 7-footer originally from Chicago, graduated from Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, California. He was selected as this season’s Mountain West’s Freshman of the Year and set the league’s freshman scoring and rebounding records with 16.9 ppg and 10.3 rpg. He also averaged 1.7 blocks per contest and shot 54.5 percent from the field. He had a MW-leading 18 double-doubles, which ranks 11th in the nation overall and third among all freshmen.

 

“Brandon was an amazing addition to our program and helped to legitimize our ability to recruit top-tier talent,” said UNLV head men’s basketball coach Marvin Menzies. “His commitment to his academics is real and I am confident he will continue to work toward his bachelor’s degree from UNLV. Even though his time here was short, it was great having him as a part of the program. I am confident he will have a successful career at the next level based on his dedication, commitment, ability and overall character.”

 

McCoy, who came to UNLV as a McDonald’s High School All-American and consensus five-star recruit, was named a Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award Top-Five Finalist. The award goes to the nation’s top collegiate center. He was also on the midseason top 25 watch list for the John R. Wooden Award, which goes to the nation’s top collegiate player.

 

The nation’s fourth-leading freshman rebounder this season, McCoy also serves as the men’s basketball program’s representative on the UNLV Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He was also named to the United States Basketball Writers Association’s All-District Team.

 

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Regular-Season Finale Set For Saturday At Utah State

REGULAR-SEASON FINALE SET FOR SATURDAY AT UTAH STATE

6 p.m. PT game to be shown on ESPN3, winner will be No. 7 seed in Mountain West Tournament
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Matchup UNLV (19-11, 8-9 Mountain West) at Utah State (14-16, 7-10 Mountain West)
Date Saturday, March 3, 2018
Time 7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT
Site Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270), Logan, Utah
TV ESPN3 (Ari Wolfe, Bill Herenda)
Radio ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM (Jon Sandler, Robert Smith)
Audio UNLV Gameday App & UNLVRebels.com
Stats Gametracker at UNLVRebels.com
Twitter @TheRunninRebels / @UNLVAthletics
 
The UNLV men’s basketball team (19-11, 8-9 MW) will travel to Logan, Utah, for its regular-season finale at Utah State (14-16, 7-10 MW) on Saturday, March 3, at 7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT.
 
UNLV is looking to get back on track and end a four-game losing streak. After a heartbreaking loss at New Mexico (91-90) on Sunday afternoon, in which the Runnin’ Rebels missed three shots in the closing seconds, they dropped their regular-season home finale on Senior Night, 101-75 to No. 21 UNR. In its meeting earlier this season, UNLV defeated then-No. 23 UNR in Reno, 86-78, on Feb. 7. It snapped the Wolf Pack’s 16-game home win streak and was UNLV’s first win over a ranked team since 2015. 
 
Prior to its loss at San Diego State on Feb. 17, the Runnin’ Rebels had won three straight games and five of their previous six, including the victory at UNR. UNLV’s three-game win streak marked the first in Mountain West play for the Runnin’ Rebels since 2016 and the stretch of five wins in six games was its first in conference play since 2014. 
 
The Runnin’ Rebels are currently in seventh place in the Mountain West standings, while Utah State is eighth. The winner of Saturday’s game will be the No. 7 seed in next week’s Mountain West Tournament and play on Wednesday, March 7 vs. the No. 10 seed at 1:30 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center. The loser will be the No. 8 seed and face the No. 9 seed at 11 a.m.
 
Saturday night’s game will be shown on ESPN3 with Ari Wolfe and Bill Herenda calling the action. Jon Sandler and former Runnin’ Rebel Robert Smith will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM and online via the UNLV Gameday App and TuneIn (link at UNLVRebels.com).

Runnin’ Rebels Host No. 21 UNR Wednesday Night In Regular-Season Home Finale

RUNNIN’ REBELS HOST NO. 21 UNR WEDNESDAY NIGHT IN REGULAR-SEASON HOME FINALE

Red Out planned for 8 p.m. Senior Night, Governor’s Series game
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Matchup No. 21 UNR (25-5, 14-2 Mountain West) at UNLV (19-10, 8-8 Mountain West)
Date Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Time 8:00 p.m.
Site Tarkanian Court, Thomas & Mack Center (18,000), Las Vegas
TV CBS Sports Network (John Sadak, Dan Dickau, Melanie Collins – sideline)
Radio ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM (Jon Sandler, Robert Smith)
Audio UNLV Gameday App & UNLVRebels.com
Stats Gametracker at UNLVRebels.com
Twitter @TheRunninRebels / @UNLVAthletics
 
The UNLV men’s basketball team (19-10, 8-8 MW) will host intrastate rival No. 21 UNR in its regular-season home finale on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Governor’s Series game will also be Senior Night as the Runnin’ Rebels will honor senior guards Jordan Johnson and Jovan Mooring prior to the game.
 
It will be a RED OUT with the first 3,000 fans receiving a free red t-shirt. All fans are encouraged to wear red to the rivalry game. A free pregame tailgate will be held starting at 6 p.m. on the plaza outside the Thomas & Mack Center. In addition, the first 300 fans into the arena will receive a $5 concessions voucher. 
 
The Clark County Commission, the City of Las Vegas and UNLV have all declared Wednesday as Rebel Red Day in Southern Nevada. 
 
Tickets may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office. Fans are encouraged to get in their seats early for the Senior Salute as well as to experience the enhanced Runnin’ Rebel pregame show for the season’s final time, which features 3D Video Projection Mapping. 
 
UNLV is looking to end a three-game losing streak. The Runnin’ Rebels are coming off a heartbreaking loss at New Mexico (90-91) on Sunday afternoon, in which they missed three shots in the closing seconds. In its meeting earlier this season, UNLV defeated then-No. 23 UNR in Reno, 86-78, on Feb. 7. It snapped the Wolf Pack’s 16-game home win streak and was UNLV’s first win over a ranked team since 2015. 
 
Prior to its loss at San Diego State on Feb. 17, the Runnin’ Rebels had won three straight games and five of their previous six, including the victory at UNR. UNLV’s three-game win streak marked the first in Mountain West play for the Runnin’ Rebels since 2016 and the stretch of five wins in six games was its first in conference play since 2014. 
 
Wednesday night’s game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network with John Sadak, Dan Dickau and Melanie Collins (sideline) calling the action. Jon Sandler and former Runnin’ Rebel Robert Smith will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM and online via the UNLV Gameday App and TuneIn (link at UNLVRebels.com).

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Rebel Red Proclamations Made Throughout Southern Nevada

REBEL RED PROCLAMATIONS MADE THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN NEVADA

Promotions and free tailgate event highlight Wednesday’s Governor’s Series Game between UNLV and UNR
Wednesday, February 28, 2018, has been proclaimed as “Rebel Red Day,” by the Clark County Board of Commissioners and the City of Las Vegas.
 
Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak and Mayor of Las Vegas Carolyn Goodman presented UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois and UNLV head men’s basketball coach Marvin Menzies proclamations Tuesday in Downtown Las Vegas.
 
Clark County and the City of Las Vegas are encouraging Rebel fans throughout Southern Nevada to wear red on Wednesday as the UNLV men’s basketball team hosts No. 21 UNR at 8 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center.
 
The Governor’s Series game and Senior Night will be a RED OUT with the first 3,000 fans receiving a free red t-shirt. 
 
A free pregame tailgate will be held starting at 6 p.m. on the plaza outside the Thomas & Mack Center. Activities will include performances by UNLV Cheer and the Rebel Girls & Company, a Smash Brothers E-Sports Tournament, classic tailgating games, a DJ and much more. Free food and drinks will be available for students on a first-come, first-served basis, while there will be a Smokin’ Sams food truck on site with options for purchase for the public. Student-athletes from various UNLV Athletics teams will be present and the UNLV indoor track & field team that recently won the Mountain West championship will be recognized.
 
The UNLV campus has also declared Rebel Red Days this week in support of its men’s and women’s basketball teams.
 
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. Fans are encouraged to get in their seats early for the Senior Salute as well as to experience the enhanced Runnin’ Rebel pregame show for the season’s final time, which features 3D Video Projection Mapping.

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Runnin’ Rebels At New Mexico In Rare Sunday Game

RUNNIN’ REBELS AT NEW MEXICO IN RARE SUNDAY GAME

11 a.m. PT contest to be televised on CBS Sports Network
Feb 17, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; UNLV Rebels head coach Marvin Menzies (left) talks to guard Jovan Mooring (30) during the first half against the San Diego State Aztecs at Viejas Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
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Matchup UNLV (19-9, 8-7 Mountain West) at New Mexico (14-14, 9-6 Mountain West)
Date Sunday, February 25, 2018
Time 12 p.m. MT/11 a.m. PT
Site Dreamstyle Arena – The Pit (15,411), Albuquerque, N.M.
TV CBS Sports Network (Dave Ryan, Steve Wolf, John Schriffen – sideline)
Radio ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM (Jon Sandler, Robert Smith)
Audio UNLV Gameday App & UNLVRebels.com
Stats Live Stats
Twitter @TheRunninRebels / @UNLVAthletics
 
The UNLV men’s basketball team (19-9, 8-7 MW) will head back out on the road, this time for a rare Sunday game against New Mexico (14-14, 9-6 MW) Feb. 25 at 12 p.m. MT/11 a.m. PT at Dreamstyle Arena (The Pit).
 
UNLV is looking to end a two-game losing streak and avenge an 85-81 loss to New Mexico at the Thomas & Mack Center on Jan. 17. 
 
Prior to its loss at San Diego State last Saturday, the Runnin’ Rebels had won three straight games and five of their previous six, including a victory at then-No. 23 UNR. UNLV’s three-game win streak marked the first in Mountain West play for the Runnin’ Rebels since 2016 and the stretch of five wins in six games was its first in conference play since 2014. UNLV lost at home to Fresno State, 77-64, on Wednesday night in its last outing. 
 
UNLV is ninth in the nation in rebounding (40.64 per game), 18th in field-goal percentage (49.5), 19th in scoring (83.9), 38th in assists per game (16.2) and 38th in blocked shots per game (4.6). Additionally, the Runnin’ Rebels are No. 4 in the nation in free-throw attempts (734) and eighth in made free throws (518). Individually, Brandon McCoy and Shakur Juiston rank in the top 22 in the country in rebounding. McCoy is 19th (10.1 rpg), while Juiston is 22nd (9.9). UNLV is the only team in the nation with two top-22 rebounders. McCoy ranks 12th in double-doubles with 15, while Juiston is 30th with 12. Senior guard Jordan Johnson is 29th in the nation in assists with 5.8 apg. UNLV leads the Mountain West in scoring, rebounding and blocks.
 
Sunday’s game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network with Dave Ryan, Steve Wolf and John Schriffen (sideline) calling the action. Jon Sandler and former Runnin’ Rebel Robert Smith will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM and online via the UNLV Gameday App and TuneIn (link at UNLVRebels.com).

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Runnin’ Rebels Back Home To Host Fresno State Wednesday At 7 PM

RUNNIN’ REBELS BACK HOME TO HOST FRESNO STATE WEDNESDAY AT 7 PM

UNLV men’s basketball has won four straight at Thomas & Mack  Center
 
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Matchup Fresno State (19-8, 9-5 Mountain West) at UNLV (19-8, 8-6 Mountain West)
Date Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Time 7:00 p.m.
Site Tarkanian Court, Thomas & Mack Center (18,000), Las Vegas
TV ESPN3 (Trey Bender, Blaine Fowler)
Radio ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM (Jon Sandler, Robert Smith)
Audio UNLV Gameday App & UNLVRebels.com
Stats Gametracker at UNLVRebels.com
Twitter @TheRunninRebels / @UNLVAthletics
 
The UNLV men’s basketball team (19-8, 8-6 MW) will return home to the Thomas & Mack Center to host Fresno State (19-8, 9-5 MW) on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. The Runnin’ Rebels have won four straight games at the Thomas & Mack Center. In the season’s first meeting between the two teams, UNLV lost at Fresno State (69-63) on Jan. 23. 
 
The first 300 fans at Wednesday’s game will receive a $5 concessions voucher. Tickets may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office. Fans are encouraged to get in their seats early to experience the enhanced Runnin’ Rebel pregame show featuring 3D Video Projection Mapping.
 
The Runnin’ Rebels had won three straight games and five of their previous six, including a victory at then-No. 23 UNR, before losing at San Diego State on Saturday. UNLV is currently in fourth place in the Mountain West, one game back of third-place Fresno State. UNLV’s three-game win streak marked the first in Mountain West play for the Runnin’ Rebels since 2016 and the stretch of five wins in six games was its first in conference play since 2014. 
 
UNLV is ninth in the nation in field-goal percentage (50.2), 11th in rebounds per game (40.48), 12th in scoring (84.7), 34th in assists per game (16.4) and 37th in blocked shots per game (4.6). Additionally, the Runnin’ Rebels are No. 6 in the nation in free-throw attempts (699). Individually, Brandon McCoy and Shakur Juiston rank in the top 22 in the country in rebounding. McCoy is 19th (10.1 rpg), while Juiston is 22nd (9.9). UNLV is the only team in the nation with two top-22 rebounders. McCoy ranks 13th in double-doubles with 14, while Juiston is 34th with 11. Senior guard Jordan Johnson is 25th in the nation in assists with 5.8 apg. UNLV leads the Mountain West in scoring, field-goal percentage, field-goal percentage defense, rebounding, blocks and assists.
 
Wednesday’s game will be shown on ESPN3 with Trey Bender and Blaine Fowler calling the action. Jon Sandler and former Runnin’ Rebel Robert Smith will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM and online via the UNLV Gameday App and TuneIn (link at UNLVRebels.com).

Runnin’ Rebels At San Diego State Saturday At 1 PM

RUNNIN’ REBELS AT SAN DIEGO STATE SATURDAY AT 1 PM

UNLV men’s basketball has won three straight games and five of six
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UNLV Men’s Basketball vs. San Jose State University, SJSU.
January 27, 2018
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Matchup UNLV (19-7, 8-5 Mountain West) at San Diego State (14-10, 6-7 Mountain West)
Date Saturday, February 17, 2018
Time 1:00 p.m.
Site Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl (12,414), San Diego
TV CBS Sports Network (Carter Blackburn, Pete Gillen, John Schriffen (sideline)
Radio ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM (Jon Sandler, Robert Smith)
Audio UNLV Gameday App & UNLVRebels.com
Stats Live Stats at GoAztecs.com
Twitter @TheRunninRebels / @UNLVAthletics
 
The UNLV men’s basketball team (19-7, 8-5 MW), winner of three straight games and five of its last six, will head back out on the road and play at San Diego State (14-10, 6-7) on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. at Viejas Arena. 
 
The Runnin’ Rebels, who won at then-No. 23 UNR (86-78) on Feb. 7 then won home games against Wyoming (85-70, Feb. 10) and Air Force (81-73, Wednesday), are in third place in the Mountain West. Their only loss over their last six games was at Boise State by two in overtime. The win in Reno was UNLV’s first over a ranked opponent since 2015, snapped the Wolf Pack’s 16-game home win streak and knocked them out of first place in the Mountain West at the time.
 
UNLV has won three straight Mountain West games for the first time since 2016 and five of six in conference play for the first time since 2014. 
 
UNLV is sixth in the nation in scoring (85.8 ppg), seventh in field-goal percentage (50.6), 10th in rebounding (40.88 rpg) and 30th in assists per game (16.7). Additionally, the Runnin’ Rebels are No. 1 in the nation in free-throw attempts (686). Individually, Brandon McCoy and Shakur Juiston rank in the top 22 in the country in rebounding. McCoy is 18th (10.2 rpg), while Juiston is 22nd (10.0). UNLV is the only team in the nation with two top-22 rebounders. McCoy ranks 11th in double-doubles with 14, while Juiston is 28th with 11. Senior guard Jordan Johnson is 24th in the nation in assists with 5.9 apg. UNLV leads the Mountain West in scoring, field-goal percentage, field-goal percentage defense, rebounding, blocks and assists.
 
Saturday’s game will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Carter Blackburn, Pete Gillen and John Schriffen (sideline) calling the action. Jon Sandler and former Runnin’ Rebel Robert Smith will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM and online via the UNLV Gameday App and TuneIn (link at UNLVRebels.com).
 
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Runnin’ Rebels Host Air Force Wednesday At 7 PM

RUNNIN’ REBELS HOST AIR FORCE WEDNESDAY AT 7 PM

UNLV men’s basketball looking for fourth straight home win
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Matchup Air Force (10-13, 4-7 Mountain West) at UNLV (18-7, 7-5 Mountain West)
Date Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Time 7:00 p.m.
Site Tarkanian Court, Thomas & Mack Center (18,000), Las Vegas
TV AT&T SportsNet (Drew Goodman, Dave Bollwinkel)
Radio ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM (Jon Sandler, Robert Smith)
Audio UNLV Gameday App & UNLVRebels.com
Stats Gametracker at UNLVRebels.com
Twitter @TheRunninRebels / @UNLVAthletics
 
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV men’s basketball team (18-7, 7-5 MW) will remain home to host Air Force (10-13, 4-7) at the Thomas & Mack Center on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. 
 
After defeating Wyoming, 85-70, on Saturday, the Runnin’ Rebels are now in third place in the Mountain West. They have won three straight home games and four of their last five contests overall. Prior to the victory over the Cowboys, UNLV won at then-No. 23 UNR on Feb. 7, snapping the Wolf Pack’s 16-game home win streak. It was the Runnin’ Rebels’ first win over a ranked opponent since 2015 and knocked the Wolf Pack out of first place in the Mountain West at the time.
 
The first 300 fans at Wednesday’s game will receive a $5 concessions voucher. Tickets may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office. 
Fans are encouraged to get in their seats early to experience the enhanced Runnin’ Rebel pregame show featuring 3D Video Projection Mapping.
 
UNLV is fifth in the nation in scoring (86.0 ppg), seventh in field-goal percentage (50.8), 12th in rebounding (40.44 rpg) and 31st in assists per game (16.7). Individually, Brandon McCoy and Shakur Juiston rank in the top 22 in the country in rebounding. McCoy is 19th (10.1 rpg), while Juiston is 22nd (9.9). UNLV is the only team in the nation with two top-22 rebounders. McCoy ranks 12th in double-doubles with 13, while Juiston is 25th with 11. Senior guard Jordan Johnson is 25th in the nation in assists with 5.9 apg.
 
Wednesday’s game will be televised by AT&T SportsNet with Drew Goodman and Dave Bollwinkel calling the action. Jon Sandler and former Runnin’ Rebel Robert Smith will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM and online via the UNLV Gameday App and TuneIn (link at UNLVRebels.com).

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: McCoy On Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award Watch List

MCCOY ON KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR AWARD WATCH LIST

UNLV men’s basketball‘s freshman forward named one of the top 10 centers in the country

 

 

UNLV men’s basketball freshman forward Brandon McCoy has been named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award Watch List.
 
McCoy has been recognized as one of the top 10 collegiate centers in the country by the organization and is a candidate for the 2018 award named after Hall of Famer and three-time NCAA Champion Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The annual award is now in its fourth year and recognizes the top centers in men’s college basketball.
 
A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates in October, which has now been narrowed to just 10.
 
In March, five finalists will be presented to Abdul-Jabbar and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The winner will be honored at ESPN’s College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, April 6. 
 
McCoy was also named to two midseason watch lists earlier this season: The John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s Midseason Top 25 and to the Lute Olson Award Midseason Watch List.
 
The Chicago, Illinois, native has led the Runnin’ Rebels to a 17-7 overall record this season, and is tops on the team in both scoring (17.6 ppg) and rebounding (9.9) rpg. McCoy, who was named the Mountain West’s Preseason Freshman of the Year, has earned conference player of the week honors twice this season and has recorded 12 double-doubles on the year (13th in the nation). He is shooting 59.1 percent from the field and is on pace to set the league’s freshman scoring average record. 
 
The Runnin’ Rebels are coming off a victory at No. 23 UNR and host Wyoming on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center. There will be a pregame Kid Zone in the Mendenhall Center starting at 3:30 p.m. The first 3,000 fans at the game will receive a free foam finger courtesy of UMC and the first 300 fans will receive a voucher for a free popcorn. 
 
Tickets may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office. The Family Fun Pack is also available for this game (four tickets, hot dogs and drinks for only $56).
 
 
2018 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award Candidates
Jaren Jackson Jr. (Michigan State)
Isaac Haas (Purdue)
Jock Landale (Saint Mary’s)
Angel Delgado (Seton Hall)
Vladimir Brodziansky (TCU)
Mohamed Bamba (Texas)
Tyler Davis (Texas A&M)
Thomas Welsh (UCLA)
Brandon McCoy (UNLV)
Ethan Happ (Wisconsin)  

 

Runnin’ Rebels At UNR Wednesday Night

RUNNIN’ REBELS AT UNR WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Governor’s Series game to be televised on CBS Sports Network at 8 p.m.
Jan 23, 2018; Fresno, CA, USA; UNLV Rebels forward Brandon McCoy (44) battles for position against the Fresno State Bulldogs in the first half at the Save Mart Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
 
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Matchup UNLV (16-7, 5-5 Mountain West) at UNR (20-4, 9-1 Mountain West)
Date Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Time 8:00 p.m.
Site Lawlor Events Center (11,536), Reno, Nev.
TV CBS Sports Network (Brent Stover, Bob Wenzel)
Radio ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM (Jon Sandler, Robert Smith)
Audio UNLV Gameday App & UNLVRebels.com
Stats Live Stats at UNLVRebels.com
Twitter @TheRunninRebels / @UNLVAthletics
The UNLV men’s basketball team (16-7, 5-5 MW), winner of two of its last three games and three of its last five, will travel to Reno, Nev., to face intrastate rival and No. 23 UNR on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. at Lawlor Events Center.
 
The Mountain West game is also a part of the Governor’s Series, presented by NV Energy and Barrick Gold, which is a head-to-head athletic and academic challenge between the two Silver State schools. The winner of the season series in men’s basketball will earn three points toward the final score. UNLV has won four of the first five years of the overall competition. 
 
UNLV is coming off a heartbreaking overtime loss at Boise State (93-91) on Saturday. Prior to that, it went 2-0 at home with wins over San Diego State (88-78) on Jan. 27 and San Jose State (76-67) last Wednesday. The victory over SDSU snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Aztecs. UNLV shot 58.6 percent from the field in that contest, which was the highest by a San Diego State opponent since 2006-07 – a stretch of 11 seasons and 403 games. The win over the Spartans earned UNLV the regular-season series sweep.
 
The Runnin’ Rebels are 3-2 in Mountain West play on the road, while UNR is 11-0 overall at home this year. UNLV went 11-2 during non-conference play this season with its only two losses coming in overtime – at Northern Iowa and vs. Arizona (now ranked No. 13) at home.
 
The Runnin’ Rebels are sixth in the country in field-goal percentage (51.0), eighth in scoring (86.0 ppg), 21st in rebounding (39.87 rpg) and 29th in assists per game (16.9). Individually, Brandon McCoy and Shakur Juiston rank in the top 24 in the country in rebounding. McCoy is 18th (10.0 rpg), while Juiston is 24th (9.7). UNLV is the only team in the nation with two top-24 rebounders. McCoy ranks 12th in double-doubles with 12, while Juiston is 40th with nine. Senior guard Jordan Johnson is 25th in the nation in assists with 5.9 apg.
 
Wednesday’s game will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Brent Stover and Bob Wenzel calling the action. Jon Sandler and former Runnin’ Rebel Robert Smith will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM and online via the UNLV Gameday App and TuneIn (link at UNLVRebels.com).

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: The Best Entrance In College Basketball Is About To Get Better

THE BEST ENTRANCE IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL IS ABOUT TO GET BETTER

UNLV men’s basketball’s world-famous pregame show to be enhanced by 3D Video Projection Mapping starting with Wednesday’s game vs. San Jose State
 The world-famous pregame show that accompanies UNLV men’s basketball’s starting lineup introductions during home games at the Thomas & Mack Center is being enhanced with 3D Video Projection Mapping starting with Wednesday night’s game vs. San Jose State.
 
Thanks to a partnership between UNLV, Learfield, 4Wall Entertainment, Epson® and oogoog productions, each of the Runnin’ Rebels’ remaining home games will include a pregame show that brings Tarkanian Court to life. The new show is being sponsored by the Runnin’ Rebel Club and Findlay Toyota. 
 
“We are enthused to be able to add this innovative new element to Runnin’ Rebel games at the Thomas & Mack Center,” said UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois. “Being in the entertainment capital of the world, we are continually looking for ways to enhance the game day experience for our fans. This new presentation will highlight the history and tradition of the program, while also illustrating our exciting future. Thank you to the Runnin’ Rebel Club and our community partners for their teamwork in making this project a reality.”
 
4Wall and Epson have provided the hardware for the high-tech laser projection show that will be similar to what several NBA teams have recently done. Leveraging Epson’s laser projection technology, the setup includes eight state-of-the-art Epson Pro L25000U Laser WUXGA 3LCD Projectors. Each projector delivers up to 25,000 lumens for incredible color brightness1, and up to 20,000 hours of virtually maintenance-free operation 2 .
 
oogoog productions developed the content and used the Zenn Immersive System for content distribution, programming all projectors to converge, allowing one large image to play over the entire court. The new show includes 3D modeling, motion graphics, video and text overlays. oogoog utilized the pixel mapping technique, allowing for accurate tracing of all lines of the court, and alpha mask creation for pinpoint accuracy.
 
“Learfield is proud to partner with these leading companies to bring an innovative pregame show that highlights UNLV basketball and the city of Las Vegas,” said Dan Dolby, General Manager of Learfield’s UNLV Sports Properties. “This unique presentation highlights the current team and honors the rich tradition that is Runnin’ Rebel basketball.”
 
One of the most iconic pregame shows in all of athletics, UNLV was the first to introduce pyrotechnic effects (fireworks). The fan-favorite show that Runnin’ Rebel fans have become accustomed to will remain intact, as the additions are meant to enhance the experience.
 
“4Wall is excited to partner with Epson in providing a state-of-the-art laser projection solution as the backbone for oogoog productions to create a game-changing experience for fans, students and athletes of one of the most iconic brands in sports, UNLV Runnin’ Rebel Basketball,” said Dan Abdalla, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for 4Wall Entertainment. “The show will be the “Wow” factor you expect from Las Vegas Entertainment and rival any NBA, NHL or college introductions.”
 
“It’s an honor for oogoog to be included in this project,” said Chuck Akin, Executive Producer for oogoog productions. “As UNLV Alumni we are always trying to help take the University and UNLV Athletics to the next level. Incorporating projection mapping on Tarkanian Court during the iconic pregame show just makes sense. It’s the show before the show!” 
 
“When engaging the audience in an immersive projection mapping experience, ease-of-operation and confidence in the convergence of technology is key,” said Gavin Downey, senior product manager, large venue projectors, Epson America, Inc. “We are proud to work with this talented group and provide Epson’s laser projection technology to deliver brilliant color and exceptional image quality, along with flexible installation to create a seamless larger-than-life pregame display for Runnin’ Rebel basketball fans.”
 
“Our long history of supporting UNLV Athletics has become a part of our brand,” said Stephanie Bernas, Director of Marketing at Findlay Toyota. “We feel that being a strong community partner allows us to associate with UNLV’s rich winning tradition. Cliff Findlay played for UNLV and has always looked to be part of the new traditions that help bring our community together. We are looking forward to having our name associated with this new pregame show.”
 
Tickets for Wednesday night’s game vs. San Jose State, which begins at 8 p.m., may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office. 
 
About 4Wall – 4Wall Entertainment, headquartered in Las Vegas, is the leading event equipment company with 9 offices nationwide that specialize in providing quality lighting and video equipment. 4Wall is proud to focus on providing lighting and video gear, ensuring no matter the size of the production, clients and their projects receive the care, dedication, quality and expertise which are the hallmarks of 4Wall Entertainment. For more information please visit www.4wall.com
 
About Epson – Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a lineup that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, smart glasses, sensing systems and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics. Epson’s award-winning laser technology delivers remarkable color accuracy, easy set-up, and a virtually maintenance-free solution. Epson Pro L projectors are the first to integrate a laser-light source with an inorganic phosphor wheel in combination with inorganic LCD panels and Epson’s proprietary 3LCD technology to deliver advanced performance, quality, reliability, and flexibility. For more information, visit https://epson.com/laser-projectors
 
About oogoog productions – oogoog is a strategic branding and content development company that prides itself in creative problem-solving, and consumer engagement. They specialize in digital, video, film production, and post-production, but can handle traditional assignments just as easily. oogoog is based in Las Vegas, NV, but technology allows them to service clients worldwide. With a passion for brand narratives, and a deep understanding of basic human behavior, oogoog leverages their strengths to produce work for the web, cinema, concert stage, television, theatre, and beyond. www.oogoog.com

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: San Diego State Visits Saturday At 7 PM

SAN DIEGO STATE VISITS SATURDAY

Runnin’ Rebels host Aztecs at Thomas & Mack Center at 7 p.m.
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Matchup San Diego State (12-7, 4-4 Mountain West) at UNLV (14-6, 3-4 Mountain West)
Date Saturday, January 27, 2018
Time 7:00 p.m.
Site Tarkanian Court, Thomas & Mack Center (18,000), Las Vegas
TV CBS Sports Network (Rich Waltz, Bob Wenzel)
Radio ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM (Jon Sandler, Robert Smith)
Audio UNLV Gameday App & UNLVRebels.com
Stats Gametracker at UNLVRebels.com
Twitter @TheRunninRebels / @UNLVAthletics
 After playing the last two games on the road, the UNLV men’s basketball team (14-6, 3-4 MW) will return to the Thomas & Mack Center for the first time in 10 days to host San Diego State (12-7, 4-4 MW) on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m.
 
There will be free pregame games, activities and performers on the concourse. There will also be a pregame student tailgate by the Tark statue starting at 5 p.m., the first 3,000 fans will receive a clear backpack courtesy of SNWA, the first 750 students will receive a red rally towel and the first 300 fans will receive a voucher for a free popcorn. At halftime, the Rebel Girls & Company will perform their national championship routine. Single-game tickets and mini plans may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com or (702) 739-FANS.
 
This week is Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And Sneakers Week, which is a nationwide event when basketball coaches across the country unite for a common cause – saving lives from cancer. Coaches and their staff across the nation wear sneakers with their suits during games to raise awareness and help save lives from cancer by raising funds and encouraging people to educate themselves about cancer prevention, screening, and early detection.
 
UNLV split its recent road trip with a win at Colorado State (79-74) last Saturday and a loss at Fresno State (69-63) on Tuesday. UNLV went 11-2 during non-conference play this season with its only two losses coming in overtime – at Northern Iowa and vs. Arizona (now ranked No. 11/12) at home.
 
The Runnin’ Rebels are ninth in the country in field-goal percentage (50.6), 11th in scoring (86.2 ppg), 16th in rebounding (40.45 rpg), 27th in 3-point field-goal percentage defense (31.0) and 30th in assists (17.0 apg). Individually, freshman forward Brandon McCoy and junior forward Shakur Juiston rank in the top 23 in the country in rebounding. McCoy is 18th with 9.9 rpg, while Juiston is 23rd with 9.8 rpg. UNLV is the only team in the nation with two top-23 rebounders. McCoy ranks 10th in double-doubles with 11, while Juiston is 38th with eight. Senior guard Jordan Johnson is 25th in the nation in assists with 6.0 apg.
 
Saturday’s game will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Rich Waltz and Bob Wenzel calling the action. Jon Sandler and former Runnin’ Rebel Robert Smith will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM and online via the UNLV Gameday App and TuneIn (link at UNLVRebels.com).