When you’ve got three guys handling the ball and committing just one turnover between them, that’s a good job.
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A crowd of 6,011 witnessed a New Year’s Eve thriller as Wyoming senior Larry Nance Jr. traded shots with UNLV sophomore Chris Wood and pushed Wyoming to a 76-71 in a Mountain West opener at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie.
Wyoming’s Larry Nance Jr. is arguably the best player in the Mountain West. Nance will get an argument from UNLV freshman guard Rashad Vaughn, the league’s leading scorer at 18.1 points per game, and the two will meet on opening night.
Canyon Springs senior defensive lineman Melvin Johnson made an oral commitment to UNLV on Tuesday.
There aren’t a whole lot of college students who would choose to spend New Year’s Eve in Laramie, Wyo., voluntarily. That fate was assigned the members of the UNLV basketball program by the Mountain West conference’s schedule makers.
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.
The UNLV women’s basketball has dropped six straight to run its preseason record to 3-8. Coach Kathy Olivier welcomes a fresh start as Mountain West play opens Wednesday afternoon against Wyoming at Cox Pavilion.
Silverado High announced Monday that it had hired Randall Cunningham as its head football coach. Cunningham, a former star at UNLV and in the NFL, takes over for Andy Ostolaza, who posted a 40-39 record in eight years with the Skyhawks.
UNLV coach Dave Rice admitted he was concerned about a possible letdown Saturday night against Southern Utah. Not only had the Rebels split a pair of consecutive games against ranked teams, a loss to Utah followed by the win over Arizona, but there are two big games on the horizon.
One way to wake up a bored crowd is with a windmill dunk, and Chris Wood threw down a thunderous one. A lightning-strike streak of 3-pointers also can do the trick, and Rashad Vaughn made three during a two-minute stretch in the second half. And the Rebels rolled over Southern Utah, 79-45.
The frontcourt — Chris Wood, specifically — set the bar high for the Rebels on Saturday night. The Rebels dominated Southern Utah, 79-45, earning above-average grades across the board. UNLV avoided a letdown after Tuesday’s big win over Arizona.
Chris Wood and Rashad Vaughn each scored 22 points as UNLV rolled to a 79-45 victory over Southern Utah at the Thomas & Mack Center.
The Rebels host Southern Utah tonight at the Thomas & Mack. Tip is at 7:00 p.m.
The Rebels host Southern Utah at Thomas & Mack Center at 7 p.m. It will be the third straight game in Las Vegas for the Thunderbirds (3-7). Southern Utah dropped an overtime game to Arkansas-Pine Bluff before beating South Carolina State in the Las Vegas Classic on Monday and Tuesday.
One game can dramatically change the perception of a team, and it can do the same for a player. It has been a week of change for UNLV and forward Chris Wood.
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.
The main responsibilities of a college basketball coach can be broken down in much the same way as an episode of “Law and Order.”
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.
There aren’t enough superlatives in the English language to describe Chris Wood’s performance on Tuesday night.
As fans stormed the court in a wild celebration, Chris Wood stood out above the crowd. The 6-foot-11-inch forward owned the night, from beginning to improbable end.
The Rebels host third-ranked Arizona tonight at the Thomas & Mack. Tip is at 7:00 p.m.
If there is a weakness in Sean Miller, it’s tough to find and even tougher to exploit. The Arizona coach is one of college basketball’s rising stars, a strong in-game strategist who recruits at the highest level.
Kurt Paladech, the quarterback at Laney College in Oakland, Calif., signed with UNLV. He has three seasons of eligibility remaining.