UNLV’s basketball team went winless in Asheville, N.C., losing the seventh-place game 77-73 at Harrah’s Cherokee Center.
UNLV stayed close for about 15 minutes before things like forgettable shot selection and not being able to guard anyone and never getting to the rim painted an inevitable fate.
T.J. Otzelberger’s second season at UNLV begins Wednesday when the Rebels host Montana State in what will be a fanless Thomas & Mack Center because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Few college basketball recollections compare to UNLV-Duke in 1990 and ’91.
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.
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.
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.