RUNNIN’ REBELS HEAD BACK OUT ON ROAD TO PLAY SOUTH DAKOTA
UNLV and Coyotes will play at Sioux Falls’ Sanford Pentagon on Saturday
After defeating Saint Katherine, 113-53, on Friday, Dec. 5, at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, the UNLV men’s basketball team (5-2) has had a week without games to concentrate on final exams. The Runnin’ Rebels’ “Rodeo Road Trip” will continue this weekend with a game in Sioux Falls, S.D., against South Dakota (3-7) at the Sanford Pentagon on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. CST/5 p.m. PST.
The Runnin’ Rebels, who had to replace all five starters from a year ago, have mainly used a rotation this season that includes five freshmen, one sophomore and two seniors. Freshman guard Rashad Vaughn leads the team in scoring with an average of 16.2 ppg, but he did not play vs. Saint Katherine because of a back injury. Sophomore forward Christian Wood has five double-doubles this year, which ranks eighth in the country, and has averages of 13.3 ppg and team highs of 9.6 rpg and 3.6 bpg. Freshman forward Goodluck Okonoboh is tied for the team lead in blocks at 3.6 per game, which ranks seventh in the nation. Senior guard Cody Doolin leads the squad with 5.7 apg and has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 5.0, which is eighth-best in the country.
As a team, the Runnin’ Rebels lead the country in blocked shots (9.1 bpg) and are 11th in field-goal percentage defense (34.8).
Saturday’s game will be televised by Midco Sports Network and also be available on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App with Jay Elsen and Greg Stemen calling the action. Jon Sandler and Robert Smith will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM in Las Vegas. All internet links along with live stats will be available at UNLVRebels.com.
UNLV (5-2, 0-0 Mountain West)
South Dakota (3-7, 0-0 Summit League)
DATE: Saturday, December 13, 2014
TIME: 7 p.m. CST/5 p.m. PST
SITE: Sanford Pentagon (3,250), Sioux Falls, S.D.
TV: Midco Sports Network/ESPN3 (Jay Elsen, Greg Stemen)
RADIO: ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM (Jon Sandler, Robert Smith)
AUDIO: UNLV Gameday App & UNLVRebels.com