Few college basketball recollections compare to UNLV-Duke in 1990 and ’91.
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.
In his previous three games before Saturday, UNLV junior guard Amauri Hardy shot 6 of 24 while totaling 16 points. He scored a team-high 18 against Fresno State.
Derrick Jones, a kid from Chester, Pennsylvania, who played his college ball for UNLV, stood at his Miami Heat locker on Tuesday night and spoke about the death of Kobe Bryant.
Coleman is one of many reasons UNLV has outperformed expectations. He’s a former walk-on from Foothill High whose name was largely ignored in the recruiting rankings.
The journey back to respectability for UNLV basketball seems further off than ever, the Rebels on Wednesday night showing to have far more issues than even a 74-66 defeat might suggest.
Landing a coach with supreme name recognition is exactly the path UNLV should travel in football, one that could ultimately affect all other sports in a positive manner.
Robert Smith, one of the greatest point guards in UNLV history, lies in a long-term care facility in Las Vegas, breathing on his own and showing signs that he could be on the road to recovery.
Las Vegas remains a knowledgeable basketball market, so can the up-tempo system of new head coach T.J. Otzelberger’s re-energize the Thomas & Mack Center?
Improving as a season goes on is not something the Rebels have done of late. They last made the NCAA Tournament in 2013 and now welcome first-year coach T.J. Otzelberger.