UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Runnin’ Rebels Travel To Reno To Play At UNR Tuesday Night



8 p.m. game to be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network; UNLV won season’s earlier meeting


The UNLV men’s basketball team, winner of two straight games and five of its last seven, will head back out on the road and travel to Reno to play at UNR on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. The game is part of the Silver State Series, presented by IBEW and Nevada Donor Network.


LAST TIME OUT: The Runnin’ Rebels recorded a regular-season sweep of Colorado State with a 72-51 blowout victory on Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center. Senior guard Bryce Hamilton recorded his first double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds in the rout of the Rams, while senior guard Michael Nuga added 13 points and senior forward Royce Hamm Jr. secured 12 boards. UNLV held CSU to just 34.6% shooting (18 of 52), including 22.7% on 3-pointers (5 of 22). It marked the ninth time the Runnin’ Rebels have held their opponent to less than 35% on field goals this season as UNLV improved to 11-0 on the year when holding its opponent to less than 60 points.


LAST TIME AGAINST THE WOLF PACK: UNLV and UNR met earlier this season in Las Vegas with the Runnin’ Rebels winning 69-58 on Feb. 1. Four Runnin’ Rebels scored in double figures that night, led by Hamilton and junior forward Donovan Williams with 17 points apiece. Senior guard Jordan McCabe added 16 and Nuga contributed 10. It marked UNLV’s first victory over the Wolf Pack in the last nine meetings.


THIS SEASON: Hamilton leads the Runnin’ Rebels (16-11, 8-6) in scoring this season at 21.5 points per game, which ranks first in the Mountain West and eighth in the nation. Williams is second on the team at 13.4 ppg and tops in field-goal percentage at 48.6. Hamm Jr. leads the team and is third in the MW in rebounding with 9.4 per contest (25th in the country) and is also averaging 8.4 ppg. McCabe leads the team in assists at 4.8 apg (fourth in the MW) and leads the conference and is fifth in the country in assist/turnover ratio (3.3).


UNLV has had an entirely new look this year with nine transfers – eight coming from the Division I level, including four from Big 12 programs. Ten of the Runnin’ Rebels’ 13 scholarship players had yet to play in a game in a UNLV uniform before this season began.


UNLV’s 15-man roster includes 13 upperclassmen. Hamilton was selected to the 2021-22 Preseason All-Mountain West Team in October. Initially declaring for the 2021 NBA Draft, the second-team All-MW honoree last season who led the Runnin’ Rebels in scoring with 17.9 points per game decided to return to the program.


ABOUT THE OPPONENT: UNR (12-13, 6-8) has won three straight games: at Utah State (85-72) on Feb. 11, vs. San Jose State (81-72) last Tuesday and at San Jose State (90-60) on Thursday. Prior to its current three-game win streak, the Wolf Pack had dropped six straight games and seven of eight. Grant Sherfield leads the team in scoring at 18.7 ppg (5th in MW) and assists at 6.5 apg (1st in MW), while Will Baker is the team’s leading rebounder at 5.4 rpg (11th in MW). UNR is 7-5 at home this season.


BROADCAST INFO: Tuesday’s game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network with Alex Del Barrio and  Mike O’Donnell calling the action. Jon Sandler, former Runnin’ Rebel Curtis Terry and Steve Cofield (sidelines) will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 in Las Vegas. All streaming links and live stats are available at and through the UNLV Rebels App.


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UNLV MEN'S BASKETBALL NEWS: Runnin' Rebels Travel To Reno To Play At UNR Tuesday Night
UNLV MEN'S BASKETBALL NEWS: Runnin' Rebels Travel To Reno To Play At UNR Tuesday Night