Lobo Lessons

Robert Smith

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    Lobo Lessons

    By Robert Smith

    UNLV made it to the championship game of the Mountain West Conference tournament by easily beating Air Force in the first round and then pounding hard with a physical Colorado State team in the second. But the final was a whole different experience: A tough, cohesive New Mexico team showed the Rebels why teamwork always […]

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    Mike Moser, Even at 90 Percent, Makes Rebels Better

    By Robert Smith

    As LL Cool J said: Don’t call it a comeback. Right now, that’s the song Mike Moser is singing, coming off the big night he had against the University of Nevada-Reno on March 2. He finished the game with 20 points and eight rebounds in 29 minutes of play–good numbers for a man who dislocated […]

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    Reinhardt Key If Rebels Are to Excel

    By Robert Smith

    Katin Reinhardt started off fast in the first half of the Rebels’ 71-56 loss at Air Force on February 13. The freshman guard scored 13 of UNLV’s first 15 points, and finished the half with 15, but he wasn’t able to score after that as the second half belonged to Air Force. The Rebels have […]

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    Fixing What Ails the Rebels

    By Robert Smith

    As an ex-Rebel and a member of the broadcast team, I get a lot of questions from fans, and the question they’re asking lately is, “What’s wrong with the Rebels?” As tempting as it is to pick out one thing that’s “wrong,” we need to look at a number of problems that add up to […]

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    On Point: Grading Anthony Marshall

    By Robert Smith

    At the start of the season, many people wondered how UNLV senior Anthony Marshall would fare in his move from the 2-guard spot to the point. Early on, he was doing a good job, but in some games he struggled making good decisions. Lately, though, he’s taken more control of the team and has become […]

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    The Role Player’s Dilemma: Thomas, Lopez-Sosa Putting Team First

    By Robert Smith

    Many times people look at the starters as the key to teams winning and losing, but lately I’ve watched and taken the time to talk with UNLV’s role players. And the more I see and hear, the more impressed I am. In the Rebels’ January 24 victory over Wyoming—which included one of the team’s best […]

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    Changing of the Guard: So Far, So Good

    By Robert Smith

    Many fans have been talking about the importance of the point-guard position on the Rebels this year. And the concerns make sense: When you have this much talent on a team, someone has to orchestrate the show. After four years with steady Oscar Bellfield at the point, that job now belongs to senior Anthony Marshall, […]

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    The Ghosts of Tar Heels Past

    By Robert Smith

    On March 26, 1977, UNLV played in the Final Four for the first time. I was the point guard on that team; we were 28-2 heading into the battle, and we’d averaged well over 100 points a game. At one point, we’d scored 100 in 12 straight games. The scent of a national championship hung […]

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    The Story So Far: AB, Marshall and an Injured Moser Lead the Way

    By Robert Smith

    Who would have thought Anthony Bennett could start the season this way? Yes, we knew he would be good, but his performance has been almost superhuman—19.5 points and 8.5 rebounds a game. And he’s an aggressive big man who’s almost never in foul trouble. That’s just not normal for a freshman. • After Mike Moser […]

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    Road Victories Toughen the Rebels

    By Robert Smith

    After dropping five games away from home at the end of last season—including an NCAA tournament loss in Albuquerque—the Rebels have found a little magic away from home this year, coming up with victories at Portland, Cal and UTEP. Of course, those wins, by a total of 11 points, also showed that the Rebels have […]