RUNNIN’ REBELS’ MOUNTAIN WEST SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
Some TV appearances and game times also released for the 2013-14 season
The 2013-14 UNLV men’s basketball Mountain West schedule, along with some of its television appearances and some game times were released on Friday by the athletics department. The Runnin’ Rebels’ non-conference schedule was released last month.
UNLV will open conference play this year on the road, at Fresno State on Wednesday, Jan. 1 (broadcast by ESPN3). The Runnin’ Rebels will open their MW home season on Saturday, Jan. 4 against Air Force, then will host intrastate rival Nevada, Reno on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 6:15 p.m. (televised by CBS Sports Network). UNLV’s first bye of the conference season will occur on Saturday, Jan. 11.
The Runnin’ Rebels will then head back on the road for two straight games: at New Mexico on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 6:05 p.m. PT (CBSSN) and at San Diego State on Saturday, Jan. 18 (CBSSN). UNLV will then host two straight at the Thomas & Mack Center: Utah State on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 8:05 p.m. (CBSSN) and Fresno State on Saturday, Jan. 25.
On Wednesday, Jan. 29, the Runnin’ Rebels will play at San Jose State (ESPN3), followed by a home contest vs. Boise State on Saturday, Feb. 1 (CBSSN). UNLV will play at Colorado State on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 8:05 p.m. PT (ESPNU or ESPN3), followed by a home game against Wyoming on Saturday, Feb. 8 (ESPN3) before its second and final bye of the season on Wednesday, Feb. 12.
UNLV will then play at Utah State on Saturday, Feb. 15 (CBSSN), and host New Mexico on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 8:05 p.m. (ESPN2). A game at Boise State on Saturday, Feb. 22 (CBSSN) is next on the schedule, followed by a home contest vs. Colorado State on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 8:05 p.m. (CBSSN).
The Runnin’ Rebels will be at Air Force on Saturday, March 1 (ESPN3) before hosting their final home regular-season game on Wednesday, March 5 at 8:05 p.m. vs. San Diego State (CBSSN). UNLV will close out the regular season on the road at Nevada, Reno on Saturday, March 8 at 7:05 p.m. (ESPN3).
The Thomas & Mack Center will once again host the Reese’s Mountain West Basketball Championships, March 12-15.
UNLV is not scheduled to play at Wyoming or at home against San Jose State this season. ESPN programming will determine and confirm the network designation for the game at CSU on Feb. 5, 7-10 days in advance. There is also a possibility that a game may shift from a Wednesday to a Tuesday or a Saturday to a Sunday for television purposes. Any such changes will be announced.
Additionally, it was announced that UNLV’s non-conference home games with Arizona State on Tuesday, Nov. 19 and Illinois on Tuesday, Nov. 26 will be shown on CBS Sports Network. The ASU game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., while the Illinois game will be at 7:45 p.m. Additional games are expected to be televised. Those, along with remaining game times, will be released upon confirmation.
The Runnin’ Rebels played in their fourth straight NCAA Tournament this past season and their sixth in the last seven years. Only 12 programs nationally have matched that and it is tops in the Mountain West over that span.
Head Coach Dave Rice led UNLV to another 25-win season in 2012-13 and the 51 wins by the program over the last two seasons is the most ever by a UNLV coach after his first two years leading the program (Jerry Tarkanian had 44 wins in his first two years).
UNLV has been among the nation’s top 25 in home attendance in each of the last five seasons, coming in at No. 1 in the MW, No. 1 on the West Coast (also for five straight years) and 14th nationally in 2012-13.
UNLV, which won four games over ranked teams last year and ranked in the top-10 nationally in assists, rebounding and blocks, returns two starters and six players overall from last year. Nine new players are on the 2013-14 roster, including three that used their redshirt year while practicing with the team in 2012-13.
A limited number of season tickets in the lower bowl of the Thomas & Mack Center for the 2013-14 season are on sale now. Seats are being offered on a first-come, first-served basis and may be purchased in person at the Thomas & Mack Center box office, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or online at UNLVtickets.com. Supplies are limited and prices vary based on location with a priority seating donation required in addition to the ticket price.
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