The Runnin’ Rebels drop two straight games at home against Valparaiso and Cincinnati before heading on the road to Illinois.
In a game they never led and, well, one you really never thought they would win, the Rebels fell to Cincinnati 65-61 before an announced gathering of 9,572 at the Thomas Mack Center.
UNLV plays Cincinnati at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center. Bearcats coach Mick Cronin was offered the UNLV job in 2016 but turned it down.
Valparaiso used a 21-2 run that began late in the first half to establish control and defeat UNLV 72-64 on Wednesday at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Rebels committed 25 turnovers.
UNLV’s basketball team continues its seven-game homestand to open the season Wednesday night against Valparaiso, when senior Shakur Juiston will take his usual place in the starting lineup and once again pursue rebounds like a cat might a feather on a bobbing string.
UNLV plays Valparaiso on Wednesday at the Thomas & Mack Center, the Rebels’ final game in the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge. The MW is looking for a different league to begin a new challenge series in 2020.