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    UNLV Focus on Stopping McConnell, Gordon vs. Arizona

    By Mike Grimala

    When UNLV travels to No. 2 Arizona on Saturday, it will be the Rebels’ biggest regular-season game since they took on (and defeated) No. 1 North Carolina in 2011. That victory over UNC has become one of Dave Rice’s tentpole wins, and it’s the main reason why the Rebels shouldn’t be counted out in this […]

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    Rice Sticking With Same Starting Five vs. ASU

    By Mike Grimala

    Coach Dave Rice seems prepared to roll with the proverbial hot hand, naming Kendall Smith and Kevin Olekaibe as his starting backcourt for Tuesday’s game against Arizona State. Rice made that announcement after Monday’s practice, saying he’ll stick with the same quintet that started the Rebels’ 73-70 win over Omaha on Thursday: Kendall Smith, Olekaibe, […]

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    What to Watch For Against UC Santa Barbara

    By Mike Grimala

    When the Rebels take on UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday night (7 p.m., Cox 96, Thomas & Mack Center), they’ll be taking another step up in terms of competition, as the Gauchos figure to provide a tougher challenge than Portland State or either of UNLV’s exhibition opponents. UC Santa Barbara (1-0) dominated Hawaii-Pacific last week, […]

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    What to Watch for Against Portland State

    By Mike Grimala

    You don’t have to go back very far to find the last time the Rebels were trying to put a shaky exhibition campaign behind them by opening the regular season at home against an opponent from the Big Sky Conference. In fact, it happened just last year. And that opening game worked out pretty well […]

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    What to Watch For Against Dixie State

    By Mike Grimala

    A lot has changed since this time last year, when the Rebels kicked off the 2012-13 season with an exhibition game against Dixie State. Associate head coach Justin Hutson left UNLV for San Diego State and was replaced by Todd Simon. Mike Moser transferred. Katin Reinhardt denied transfer rumors, then pulled an about face and […]

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    Key Roles for Marshall, Moser at New Mexico

    By Mike Grimala

    Like my mother always told me, “If you’re going to play a ranked New Mexico team at The Pit, you might as well do it in your first conference game and get it out of the way.” She was into college hoops. Let’s look at some of the key storylines heading into Mountain West game […]

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    Final Tune-Up

    By Mike Grimala

    If you’re looking for an angle to Saturday’s game against CSU Bakersfield, try to think of it as a big dress rehearsal. Obviously, there’s more at stake than that — this game counts as much as the 14 before it. But the start of conference play looms over this game, especially when the Rebels’ Mountain […]

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    Back to Basics Against Chicago State

    By Mike Grimala

    Just when we thought the Rebels might be getting close to full strength, Dave Rice announced on Wednesday that Mike Moser would be held out of the Chicago State game as a precaution. So there goes the whole “all the pieces are finally coming together” angle we were pushing yesterday. But Moser’s absence shouldn’t affect […]

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    Close-Out Game

    By Mike Grimala

    With the Christmas break signaling the unofficial halfway point of the season, the Rebels (10-1) have an opportunity to head into the break on a nine-game winning streak. And in order to close out the first semester with a W, they’ll have to close out on the Canisius shooters. The Griffins (8-2) are no joke. […]

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    Quick Turnaround

    By Mike Grimala

    Less than 48 hours after going down to the wire in a win at UTEP, the Rebels have to turn around and host a potential dragon slayer on Wednesday. Northern Iowa (6-4) is more than capable of taking down a ranked team, as they”ve played tough in tight losses to No. 2 Louisville (51-46) and […]