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UNLV’s basketball team was left with little choice against New Mexico on Wednesday night. It had to beat the Lobos. And still, it couldn’t. The fall continues. The losses pile up.
No longer am I a fan of the most hated NFL team in America.
Four years ago, two college basketball players from major programs decided to transfer. Each was recruited by UNLV and San Diego State.
The Rebels are struggling, having lost four of five games and needing binoculars to see the top of the Mountain West standings, a 1-3 side in conference that suddenly has an effort problem.
They have cast their disfigured net at the College Football Hall of Fame even wider, expanded their reasoning for induction even broader, devised cursory explanations for some who are now welcome to even greater lengths. Which makes the continuing exclusion of Randall Cunningham even more absurd.
Youth is out the window now. Youth doesn’t dictate effort. First-graders can play hard all the time if they want, or at least if there is a special treat at snack time for those who look engaged. Chris Wood should take notice.
This was one of those double-scoop weeks for UNLV’s basketball team. Or should have been.
The tradition is everywhere. They pack those red and blue bleachers shoulder to shoulder. They sway like a wheat field in the breeze.
Bill Self talks about the ceiling and how every college basketball coach understands where that surface exists for his team each season, that it’s his job to lift players as close to it as possible.
What you are witnessing is Dave Rice’s prophecy coming true, and within it will be these sorts of close losses to an experienced team. But as the games and weeks and possessions pass, UNLV basketball improves.
Say what you want about those tools used by the NCAA Tournament selection committee when determining at-large berths each March, the opinion about a Mountain West ranked 11th among conferences nationally in RPI today is fairly consistent.
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Immediately after beating Arizona, Rebels coach Dave Rice looked ahead to Saturday’s game and called it “the biggest of the season.” In college basketball, there is no such thing as a night off any more.
As a 10 year old, Brandon Marshall saw abuse first-hand and escaped with his mother and brother to a Las Vegas shelter. Now, the Denver Broncos linebacker wants to use his voice to speak out against domestic violence.
UNLV beat No. 3 Arizona at the Thomas & Mack Center by playing with a level of emotion and desire not seen yet this season. For once, Rice can say it following a win and the notion more than holds up. UNLV beat a terrific team.
Colorado State on Saturday afternoon proved that Mountain West football this season was arguably its worst since the league formed in 1999, falling to Utah 45-10 in the Las Vegas Bowl. Much depends on how Boise State fares against Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31.
The Utes have discovered the benefits of playing in a power conference after jumping from the Mountain West to the Pac-12. “When recruits walk into our building, they know we mean business and that we’re in this to win,” said Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham.
Lon Kruger left UNLV to coach Oklahoma after returning the Rebels to respectability with a 161–71 record and four NCAA tourney appearances in seven seasons. His 15th ranked Sooners meet No. 16 Washington in the MGM Grand Showcase on Saturday.
UNLV’s overtime win against Portland on Wednesday night was important for one reason: The alternative would have been dreadful.
This is always the tough part: Predicting how a fighter who looked as dominating as Amir Khan on Saturday night might translate in the ring against Floyd Mayweather.
The question everyone wanted answered went unanswered at UNLV’s press conference on Thursday afternoon. And that was disappointing.
With a click of a mouse, I crushed Tim O’Connell’s dream.
What are people so worried about, that he might lose games? The Rebels have been experts at that for decades. Few programs nationally lose with the regularity of UNLV. Here’s a thought: What if Tony Sanchez wins?
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