Runnin' Rebel Notebook
Oct. 21, 1997

40 YEARS OF UNLV BASKETBALL: The 1997-98 school year will mark the 40th season of Runnin' Rebel basketball at UNLV. Since the program's inception in 1958-59, the Runnin' Rebels have posted an all-time record of 837-304 (.734). In 1969-70, UNLV made the move to Division I and has since posted a record of 650-200 (.765) while competing at that level. In addition, UNLV has an all-time mark of 806-282 (.741) against Division I competition.

ONE OF THE WINNINGEST DIVISION I PROGRAMS: With an all-time record of 811-294 (.734) against four-year American institutions, UNLV ranks as the third-winningest program by percentage in NCAA Division I history. Kentucky's record of 1685-525-1 (.762) places the Wildcats as the all-time leader.

School       Years  Record       Pct.
Kentucky        94  1685-525-1  .762
North Carolina  87  1673-595-0  .738
UNLV            39  811-294-0   .734
UCLA            78  1403-605-0  .699
Kansas          99  1630-710-0  .697

BACK ON THE 20-WIN TRAIL: UNLV compiled a record of 22-10 in 1996-97, marking the first 20-win season since 1992-93. UNLV had posted 21 consecutive winning seasons (1973-74 through 1993-94). The string of winning seasons was snapped in 1994-95 with a 12-16 record. The last time, UNLV did not post a winning record, prior to the '94-95, '95-96 seasons, was in 1972-73, when John Bayer's club went 14-14 in his final season with the Rebels. The only other time UNLV has not had a winning record was the inaugural season of 1958-59 when Chub Drakulich's squad went 5-13.

25 YEARS OF 20 WINS: UNLV has won 20 or more games in 25 of 39 seasons. Dating back to the 1973-74 season, UNLV has posted 20 or more wins in 20 out of the last 24 years, including 30 or more wins four times.

WAC'S INAUGURAL SEASON: UNLV posted an overall record of 22-10 and 11-5 in the WAC's Pacific Division. UNLV more than doubled its win total from 1995-96 (10-16 record). UNLV was a NIT participant, marking the program's first postseason appearance since 1992-93. The 32 games played as a team marked the first time since 1990-91 (35) that a Rebel team played 30 or more games in a season.

BAYNO RECEIVES NEW FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT: The Runnin' Rebel program added another shot of stability last April when third-year head coach Bill Bayno received a new five-year contract that will run to the turn of the century and beyond (April of 1997 through the 2001-2002 season).

UNLV RANKED 26TH IN THE NATION IN ATTENDANCE: The Runnin' Rebels ranked 26th in the nation last season in home attendance at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV, in 19 games, averaged 12,876 fans (244,635 total) which was an increase of 3,363 from a year ago. The increase was the second highest (Wichita State: 3,921) among the top 45. UNLV had a season-high crowd of 18,024 on Feb. 17, in UNLV's 78-64 victory over Fresno State.

RUNNIN' REBELS TEAM GPA: The Runnin' Rebel basketball team excelled both on and off the court in 1996-97. The team registered a 2.88 cumulative GPA for the 1996 fall semester and a 2.58 GPA in the 1997 spring semester. The 2.88 GPA was believed to be the highest for a semester in UNLV basketball history.

1997-98 SCHEDULE: The highlights are the Preseason Chase NIT against Eastern Michigan (Nov. 19); the second Las Vegas Shootout against Syracuse (Dec. 20); at USC Trojans (Dec. 2); at Michigan (Dec. 6) and a home game against UCLA (Dec. 27). CBS will televise UNLV's home game against Utah on Jan. 24, and ESPN Big Monday will feature games against New Mexico on Feb. 16, and at Utah on Feb. 23.

THE THOMAS & MACK CENTER: The Runnin' Rebels begin their 15th season in the 18,500-seat Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV has posted an all-time record of 186-27 (.873) in the arena since it opened in 1983.

The Runnin' Rebels had a 59-game home win streak snapped by Louisville on Feb. 14, 1993, when the Cardinals defeated UNLV, 90-86. A 46-game home conference win streak was snapped by New Mexico State on Jan. 17, 1994, when the Aggies pulled off a 95-91 overtime win.

UNLV has been edged at home by four points or less 12 times and the 27 losses have been by an average of 8.1 points

WORKIN' OVERTIME: The Runnin' Rebels all-time record in overtime games is 33-15 (.688) Additionally, UNLV is 26-12 in single overtime games, 5-3 in double overtime and 2-0 in triple overtime.

The Runnin' Rebels have a record of 5-3 in overtime games at the Thomas & Mack Center.

"THREE-POINT GOAL ...": Since the 3-point field goal was adopted by the NCAA in 1986-87, UNLV has converted at least one 3-pointer in all 356 games played. During that span, the Runnin' Rebels have made 2,422-of-6,502 (.373) shots from behind the arch.

The Big West Conference experimented with the 3-point shot in the 1982-83, 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons. During that period, UNLV connected from 3-point range in 53 of the 64 games (the 3-pointer was used in some non-conference games). The Runnin' Rebels sank 194-of-505 (.384) 3-point attempts during this time.

The UNLV streak for games in which it sank at least one 3-point shot stands at 369. The last time the Runnin' Rebels failed to make at least one 3-pointer came against Long Beach State on Jan. 25, 1986. So, UNLV has sank at least one shot from behind the arch in 409 of the 420 games in which the rule was used. In addition, the Runnin' Rebels have shot .373 from this distance while sinking 2,616-of-7,007 attempts.

RULE CHANGES: Here's a quick glance at some of the rule changes for the 1997-98 season:

During multiple free-throw personal fouls, substitutions may be made only before the final attempt in the sequence or after the final attempt has been successfully converted.

A player is guarded closely when holding or dribbling the ball while being guarded within six feet in the front court only. A violation will occur if the closely guarded player anywhere in his front court holds or dribbles the ball for five seconds. The count shall not begin or it shall be terminated during an interrupted dribble.

Timeout requests can be made by a player on the court or by the head coach.

The game clock and the shot clock shall be started simultaneously when an in-bounded ball touches or is touched by another player on the court.

Technical fouls assessed due to fans purposely throwing debris on the court will be charged as administrative technical fouls rather than unsporting technical fouls and no longer will be charged to the head coach.

POINTS OF EMPHASIS

    1. Palming (illegal dribble).
    2. Rough play away from the ball.
    3. Players must be clearly in control of the ball before being allowed to request a timeout.
    4. Coaches are required to remain within the coaching box. Officials may choose to provide an initial warning when appropriate, otherwise the coach will be assessed a technical foul.

 
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