Las Vegas was awarded a men’s basketball regional and hockey’s Frozen Four, and the city has its eyes on the Final Four and College Football Playoff National Championship.
UNLV coach T.J. Otzelberger refused to blame the Rebels’ 67-61 loss to Boise State on Thursday in the Mountain West tournament on the absence of injured Elijah Mitrou-Long.
Fourth-seeded UNLV rallied from 11 points down to twice cut the deficit to two, but never caught up in a loss to No. 5 Boise State on Thursday.
UNLV athletic events and the ongoing Mountain West men’s basketball tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center are going on as scheduled.
New Mexico opened the Mountain West tournament with a victory over San Jose State. The Lobos meet Utah State on Thursday.
Sophomore guard Bryce Hamilton is a deserving first-team all-conference pick by media and coaches. He averaged 20.8 points and 6.7 rebounds in Mountain West games.
UNLV takes a five-game winning streak into the Mountain West tournament, which opens Wednesday at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Rebels play Boise State at 2 p.m. Thursday.
Bettors will have to lay a price to take the Aztecs to win the Mountain West tournament this week in Las Vegas.
The Mountain West and Pac-12 basketball tournaments are expected to go on as planned even as an advocacy group suggested that March Madness games be played without fans present because of concerns about the coronavirus.
UNLV plays San Jose State on Monday in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West women’s basketball tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center.