No. 6 seed suits Rebels, and we're eager to play


W e are excited that we have earned the right to play in the NCAA Tournament. It is our program's third consecutive trip and the 19th overall appearance.

We face a Colorado team tonight that is playing very good basketball right now. They were able to win four games in four days and capture the Pac-12 tournament. They are led by Carlon Brown, a player whom many of you will remember from his time at Utah. He is an explosive wing and a very tough matchup. Andre Roberson plays the power forward spot for the Buffaloes and is one of the best rebounders in the country; he averages a double-double. They have a number of other very good players, including Spencer Dinwiddie, Nate Tomlinson and Austin Dufault. They are an extremely tough team, and we are looking forward to the challenge of playing against them.

We were very excited to get a No. 6 seed when the bracket was announced on Sunday. It is our program's highest seed since 1991. We felt like we played a very tough nonconference schedule. It was demanding and difficult, but we won a number of those games and felt like along with the strength of our conference, we were rewarded for our work.

The most exciting thing about our draw is playing in Albuquerque, N.M. The thing that is great about that is it is relatively close to Las Vegas. Our fans have been so good all year long, and playing at the closest site possible gives our fans the opportunity to make the trip. We also have experience playing in The Pit. All of our guys have played there at least once, and most of our players have played there multiple times.

We continue to be excited about our seniors. We dedicated the year to these four players, and an impressive stat in terms of what they have accomplished is that each of them will have competed in three NCAA Tournaments as Runnin' Rebels. It marks the first time any Runnin' Rebel seniors have accomplished that since 1991.

Once again, we are grateful to our fans for their support throughout the course of the season. We are looking forward to seeing many of our fans at The Pit, and we also appreciate all of the fans who will be watching the game in Las Vegas today at approximately 6:57 p.m. Pacific time.

UNLV basketball coach Dave Rice writes a weekly column for Rebels Report.

 

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