The Blue Devils are favorites to win the NCAA championship at 7-2 odds. UNLV lost its top seven scorers from last season. Duke opened as a 15½-point favorite on Dec. 10.
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UNLV coach Marvin Menzies and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski stood shoulder to shoulder on Thursday, but they will be on opposing sidelines in December. The programs meet for the first time since Duke upset the Rebels in the 1991 national semifinals.
Patrick McCaw, the former UNLV guard who declared for the NBA Draft and was a second-round pick, is in Las Vegas for the NBA Summer League as a member of the Golden State Warriors.
UNLV is one of five major colleges with minority head coaches in men’s basketball and football. The Rebels are the only ones to include a female athletic director.
The UNLV men’s basketball team will play three exhibition games in Nassau, Bahamas. The games are expected to be from Aug. 14 to 17.
Former UNLV basketball player Patrick McCaw agreed to a guaranteed two-year deal with the Golden State Warriors after being taken in the second round of NBA Draft on Thursday, according to Yahoo Sports.
Former UNLV player Patrick McCaw was taken with the eighth pick (38th overall) in the second round by the Milwaukee Bucks, who then traded his rights to the Golden State Warriors for cash. Three picks later, teammate Stephen Zimmerman Jr. went to the Orlando Magic.
Former UNLV players Stephen Zimmerman Jr. and Patrick McCaw could get taken in the first round of Thursday’s NBA Draft. Derrick Jones Jr. might get selected late in the second round.
UNLV faces its former coach, Dave Rice, on Feb. 8 at UNR and Feb. 25 at the Thomas & Mack Center. Rice, who was fired Jan. 10 midway through his fifth season, is an assistant coach for the Wolf Pack.
Austin Starr, a freshman walk-on last season for the UNLV basketball team, signed with the College of Southern Idaho.
UNLV released its nonconference schedule Wednesday. The Rebels’ 18-game Mountain West schedule will be announced at a later date.
Christian Jones, a 6-foot-7-inch forward, transferred from St. John’s to UNLV on Tuesday. He is a graduate transfer who will be eligible to play next basketball season.
A memorial service for former UNLV basketball player Bryce Dejean-Jones will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First AME Church of Los Angeles.
UNLV is making a play for recruits in the ESPN.com list of top 100 prospects for the 2017 basketball class. Las Vegas also is represented by three players on that list.
With no guaranteed money game on UNLV’s 2016 football schedule and men’s basketball ticket sales down 5 percent from last year at this time, the school is projected to have a budget deficit of $1.5 million to $3 million in 2016-17.
Jovan Mooring, who will enter UNLV as a junior, was named the Spalding NJCAA Division II Player of the Year after leading his team to a 34-4 record and third-place finish at the NJCAA DII Championships.
It was one of those double-take moments Saturday afternoon, the kind you blink twice at while scrolling a Twitter feed without any warning of the brick wall ahead: Former Iowa State player and current New Orleans Pelican Bryce Dejean-Jones has died, the Dallas County coroner’s office confirms.
Former UNLV basketball player Bryce Dejean-Jones was killed early Saturday after he broke into a Dallas apartment he believed belonged to his child’s mother and instead startled a man who shot him in apparent self-defense, The Dallas Morning News and ESPN reported.
Rick Trachok, chairman of the University of Nevada Board of Regents, will propose that regents no longer vote on coaches’ contracts. The onus will be on the university president to put together a fiscally responsible deal.
Regents should have zero influence when it comes to those a university hires to run athletic programs, and that includes voting to approve the contracts offered coaches.
Wednesday is the deadline for players who haven’t signed with an agent to decide if they want to return to school or stay in the NBA Draft. The deadline was extended this year to 10 days after the combine ends.
More than 800 college basketball players are transferring, according to ESPN.com. Coaches who came to Las Vegas to take part in Coaches vs. Cancer don’t know how to solve the problem.
In less than a month, UNLV basketball coach Marvin Menzies has added eight players to the four already on the roster. His work isn’t done, but the Rebels have a good idea of what kind of lineup they will take into the season.
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