An accepted premise: The toughest thing about competing in the Mountain West for basketball is the travel. The second toughest thing: Preparing for such a variety of offenses.
Roscoe Smith did more than enough Wednesday night, totaling 12 points and 15 rebounds as UNLV led wire to wire in a 70-46 victory over San Jose State, the only winless team remaining in Mountain West play.
Hidden on a losing team at San Jose State, Rashad Muhammad is traveling a much different basketball path than the one taken by his brother, Shabazz, who went from high school phenom to Hollywood.
Sometimes big isn’t necessarily better.
A year ago, Kevin Olekaibe was in the other locker room, listening to the other coach, and not fearing the other team. At that time, the opponent was UNLV.
Like the lunatic fan everyone despises but tolerates because the home team wins when he attends the party or the nutcase who retires to his basement to create more good luck for his favorite side, UNLV should immediately enroll in a local hotel’s rewards program.
Deville Smith scored 18 points, and Roscoe Smith totaled 13 points and 14 rebounds to carry UNLV to a 62-42 victory over Utah State at the Thomas & Mack Center.
About three minutes remained in the first half of the UNLV-Utah State basketball game Wednesday night at the Thomas & Mack Center. The score was tied at 24. And given what has happened to the Rebels at times this season, it was easy to expect the worst from them.
Stew Morrill is a coach known by few outside his profession’s fraternity and yet respected as much as anyone within it.
It’s difficult for UNLV coach Dave Rice to pinpoint what has bothered his basketball team on its home floor. Still, he might have the answer.