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UNLV Runnin' Rebels Hosts Loyola Marymount in Season Opener on Saturday
Nov. 10, 1997

LAS VEGAS, NEV: The UNLV Runnin' Rebels will open their 40th season of basketball against Loyola Marymount on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 7:35 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center (18,500). UNLV was 2-0 in exhibtion games. The Runnin' Rebels defeatedUSDBL, 109-84 on Nov. 1.

All Runnin' Rebel games will be carried live on KXNT AM-840. Ken Korach and Glen Gondrezick will call the action during the 1997-98 season. Fans can now bring their radio to the game and tune in to KXNT's radio broadcast inside the Thomas & Mack Center on 99.5 FM.

TELEVISION: Saturday's game will be televised by FOX Sports West 2. Tom Kelly and former Rebel great Reggie Theus will call the action.

RADIO/TV SHOW INFO: "Game Time with UNLV Hoops" television show will be shown every Sunday on KLAS TV-8 at 5:30 p.m. (begins, Nov. 30). The show, with Head Coach Bill Bayno and host Dave McCann, features previews of upcoming opponents and highlights of previous games.

"The Bill Bayno Radio Show" can be heard live every Tuesday from Gordon Biersch (located on 3987 Paradise Road) at 7 p.m on KXNT AM-840 with hosts Ken Korach and Glen Gondrezick. The weekly show features interviews with coaches, opposing coaches as well as listener call-ins. Listeners are invited to call in to the show at (702) 739-5968. The first coaches show will air on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

In addition, every Runnin' Rebel game can be heard live on Teamline by calling (800) 846-4700. The Runnin' Rebel team access code is 1094. Also, Runnin' Rebel basketball radio broadcasts can be heard on the net: http//rebels.unlv.edu under www.audionet.com

LINEUPS: Here's a glance at the possible starters for each team.

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT                  
No. Name            Pos. Ht.   Cl. 
33  Ben Ammerman     F   6-7   Sr. 
53  Kenny Hotopp     F   6-10  Sr. 
42  Peter Cornell    C   6-10  Jr.
 4  Tim Kennedy      G   6-5   Jr. 
 3  Haywood Eaddy    G   5-4   Jr.            
UNLV RUNNIN' REBELS Pos. Ht.  Cl.
33  Tyrone Nesby     F   6-6  Sr. 
 0 Corky Ausborne    F   6-2  Sr. 
34  Kaspars Kambala  C   6-9  Fr.            
11  Mark Dickel      G   6-1  So.
24  Greedy Daniels   G   6-0  Fr.

PROMOTION: UNLV basketball schedule magnets will be given out to the first 2,500 fans. The schedule magnets feature color action shots of seniors Keon Clark and Tyrone Nesby.

TICKET INFORMATION: Season tickets as well as individual game tickets are available for the 1997-98 season. For season ticket information, call 895-UNLV and individual game tickets are available at the Thomas & Mack Center box office.

UNLV EXHIBITION RESULTS: Looking over the last seven years, here are scores from UNLV's exhibition games:

UNLV 72, Melbourne 56 (11-9-97)
UNLV 109, USDBL 84 (11-1-97)
UNLV 91, Global Sports 81 (11-14-96)
UNLV 99, USDBL 86 (11-17-96)
UNLV 79, Marathon 76 (11-16-95)
UNLV 71, Mexico National 61 (11-21-95)
UNLV 98, Verich Reps 92 (11-17-94)
Mexico National 82, UNLV 64 (11-22-94)
UNLV 98, Verich Reps 88 (11-20-93)
Australian National Team 102, UNLV 95 (11-27-93)
UNLV 98, Russian Select 68 (11-20-92)
UNLV 81, Marathon 80 (11-27-92)
UNLV 78, Cuban National 69 (11-7-91)
UNLV 89, Marathon 67 (11-18-91)

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT: UNLV leads the series against Loyola Marymount 18-5. LMU defeated UNLV 70-67 on Dec. 2, 1995, in Los Angeles, Calif. UNLV defeated Loyola Marymount 93-77 on Dec. 18, 1993, in the last meeting in the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV is 12-2 all-time against LMU at home. Loyola Marymount lost to the California All-Stars 114-105 on Nov. 1, and lost to Next Level Sports, 92-78 on Nov. 6 in its two exhibition games.

REBEL BASKETBALL LUNCHEONS: The Rebel basketball luncheons featuring Bill Bayno will be held weekly throughout the season at noon. The luncheon features coach Bayno talking about the team's past games and preparation for future games. Admittance is free to working media - please call the UNLV Sports Information Office for reservations. Luncheons will be held in the Si Redd Room of the Thomas & Mack Center unless noted otherwise.

Luncheon Schedule

Wed., Nov. 12 Tues., Jan. 13
Tues., Nov. 18 at Harley Davidson Cafe Tues., Jan. 20
Tues., Nov. 25 Tues., Jan. 27
Wed., Dec. 3 at Harley Davidson Cafe Tues., Feb. 3
Tues., Dec. 9 at Harley Davidson Cafe Tues., Feb. 10
Tues., Dec. 16 Tues., Feb. 17
Tues., Jan. 6 Tues., Feb. 24

A STATISTICAL COMPARISON: Here's a look at Loyola Marymount and UNLV's final statistical averages from last season. Loyola Marymount was 7-21 overall and UNLV was 22-10 overall.

                        UNLV        LMU
Points per game         73.1        68.4    
Opp. points per game    68.8        74.6    
Margin                  +4.3        -6.2
Rebounds per game       41.1        33.8
Opp. rebounds per game  37.8        36.4    
Margin                  +3.3        -2.6    
Field goal pct.         .433        .432    
Opp. field goal pct.    .410        .461
3-Pt. FG pct.           .301        .347    
Free throw pct.         .657        .719    
Opp. free throw pct.    .629        .676    
Turnovers per game      16.2        17.3    
Opp. turnovers per game 16.2        15.6    
Turnover margin          - - -      -1.7

RUNNIN' REBEL HEAD COACH BILL BAYNO: He begins his third season as the head coach of the UNLV Runnin' Rebels. He is UNLV's 10th head coach in the 40-year history of Rebel basketball. He has a career record of 32-26 (.552). He led UNLV to a 22-10 record last season and a third round NIT appearance. He served seven years as the associate head coach at the University of Massachusetts under John Calipari. Other coaching experience includes: 1987-88: Assistant Coach, Baptist College (Charleston, SC); 1986-87: Graduate Assistant Coach, University of Kansas; 1985-86: Graduate Assistant Coach, Seton Hall University. Playing experience includes: 1980-82: Massachusetts and 1983-85: Sacred Heart University.

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT HEAD COACH CHARLES BRADLEY: He is in his first season at LMU. His career record over three years at Metro State (Denver) was 37-43.

HOME OPENERS: UNLV is 31-8 (.795) in home openers. The Runnin' Rebels defeated Cal State Northridge 61-59 in last season's home opener. UNLV is 13-1 in home openers at the Thomas & Mack Center.

NEXT UP: UNLV will host Eastern Michigan on Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the Chase NIT at 9 p.m. (PST) in the Thomas & Mack Center. The UNLV/EMU winner will face the Kansas/Western Kentucky winner on Friday, Nov. 21, at 6:30 p.m. (PST) on ESPN. The winner of that game will advance to Madison Square Garden for the NIT semi-finals and consolation and/or championship games on Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 26 and Nov. 28.

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