UNLV guard Rashad Vaughn denied Friday on Twitter a Yahoo report that says he will forego his final three seasons of eligibility to enter the NBA Draft.
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Two prominent local travel basketball coaches said this week that Rebels athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy put Dave Rice in an awkward position on the recruiting trail this summer when she publicly placed him on the hot seat.
Despite dwindling win totals, UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy is betting basketball coach Dave Rice can turn around the program in his fifth year and take the Rebels back to the NCAA Tournament. Anything less will be unacceptable.
Dave Rice’s four-year run with the Rebels will continue, athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy confirmed after a morning meeting with Rice. Kunzer-Murphy was under pressure from some boosters and fans to make a change, but she resisted.
The Rebels’ season that just concluded was way below standard — an 18-15 record, a seventh-place finish in the Mountain West and an exit in the quarterfinal round of the conference tournament. There are disappointed fans and powerful boosters who want coach Dave Rice out.
Dave Rice just concluded his fourth season as UNLV’s coach, his second straight without a postseason appearance, and it is no secret that his job is in jeopardy after an 18-15 season. Rice and athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy are expected to meet this week.
After weighing the pros and cons of extending UNLV’s basketball season, coach Dave Rice and athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy cut it short Friday.
An issue that has tormented the Rebels for most of the Mountain West season did them in again Thursday, when UNLV emerged from its locker room at intermission and promptly gave up a six-point lead, watching helplessly as San Diego State opened the second half on a 12-0 run.
Former UNLV guard Bryce Dejean-Jones left the program last year after he was threatened with gun violence by a teammate, according to a story in the Ames (Iowa) Tribune. Dejean-Jones, a senior who is finishing his career at Iowa State, reflected on a collegiate run that began at Southern California and included a three-year stint at UNLV.
Aqeel Quinn scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half as No. 2 seed San Diego State rallied to defeat seventh-seeded UNLV 67-64 in a Mountain West tournament quarterfinal at the Thomas & Mack Center.
The Rebels are 6-point underdogs when they face San Diego State in a Mountain West Tournament quarterfinal game at the Thomas & Mack tonight.
Chris Wood was sensational on Wednesday. The sophomore forward, who may be playing his final games with the program, clearly wants to continue the season.
UNLV and San Diego State, who will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Mountain West basketball tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center, have played twice this season, with the Aztecs winning by six and two points. The Rebels had chances to win both games.
UNLV opens the Mountain West Tournament against UNR today at the Thomas & Mack. Tip is at 2:30 p.m.
Chris Wood rose to the occasion Wednesday, scoring 28 points and grabbing seven rebounds to lift the seventh-seeded Rebels to a 67-46 victory over 10th-seeded UNR in a Mountain West tournament first-round game at the Thomas & Mack Center.
On the day before the Mountain West basketball tournament, reality hit. It actually hit a long time ago. But Chris Wood shook his head when discussing how the Rebels ended up getting buried in the conference standings.
Mountain West basketball this season has neither been good enough from top to bottom or in possession of a dominating team to suggest anything is inconceivable as the conference tournament opens today at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Boise State defeated the UNLV women’s basketball team 64-46 in the Mountain West basketball tournament quarterfinals at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Lady Rebels’ season ends at 13-17.
Guard Rashad Vaughn was named freshman of the year and earned honorable mention honors. Sophomore forward Christian Wood was named to the all-Mountain West second team. Freshman forward Goodluck Okonoboh was named to the all-defensive team.
Not that it comes as a surprise, but the injury report on freshman guard Rashad Vaughn is bad news for UNLV, which is planning for the postseason without its leading scorer.
Mountain West coaches cut the media out of voting for the all-conference team this year — and neglected to tell the writers. Don’t expect to learn who the coaches nominated or voted for.
UNLV was the hottest Mountain West women’s basketball team not long ago, but that was before a three-game skid to close the regular season. Now the Lady Rebels must find their old form with the conference tournament beginning.
When asked if he deserves to be named to the All-Mountain West first team, UNLV sophomore forward Chris Wood answered with confidence and without hesitation.
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