Aces guard Kelsey Plum, who missed the 2020 WNBA season because of an Achilles injury, helped put together two fights at the invitation of UFC president Dana White.
Baylor is scheduled to play Saturday and Sunday at T-Mobile Arena.
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.
UNLV, an 11½-point favorite, was stunned by Montana State to begin coach T.J. Otzelberger’s second season. The Rebels trailed for almost 35 minutes of the game.
The UNLV women trailed by 17 points with 7:44 left Wednesday, then cut the deficit to two before losing 79-75 to Northern Arizona in Lindy La Rocque’s debut as coach.
Westgate oddsmaker Ed Salmons said he has more than 30 teams ranked within five points of one another at the top of his power ratings as the season starts this week.
The coronavirus pandemic kept players away from one another during a time when they normally would build chemistry. UNLV opens the season Wednesday against Montana State.
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.
UNLV women’s basketball has a new coach, a largely new roster and a new enthusiasm heading into its season opener Wednesday.
The Lakers are now the 3-1 favorites to win the title at the Westgate, followed by the Brooklyn Nets, who could have a big move to make.