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UNLV Runnin' Rebels, 1-0, Hosts Eastern Michigan in Chase NIT
Nov. 17, 1997

1997-98 UNLV Basketball Schedule/Results
Overall: 1-0, WAC: 0-0

Date Opponent Time
N. 15 LOYOLA MRYMNT. W 96-81
N. 19 EASTERN MICH.+ 9:00 p.m.
N. 21 Chase NIT (ESPN) 6:30 p.m.
D. 2 at USC 7:30 p.m.
D. 6 at Michigan 10:00 a.m.
D. 13 at Rhode Island (ESPN2) 4 p.m.
D. 17 CHICAGO STATE 7:35 p.m.
D. 20 SYRACUSE% (ESPN) 9:00 p.m.
D. 23 UC IRVINE 7:35 p.m.
D. 27 UCLA (ESPN) 9:30 p.m.
D. 30 NEVADA, RENO 7:35 p.m.
J. 4 at Tulane 6:30 p.m.
J. 10 AIR FORCE* 7:35 p.m.
J. 15 at New Mexico* 6:05 p.m.
J. 17 at Texas-El Paso* 3:30 p.m.
J. 22 BYU* 7:35 p.m.
J. 24 UTAH* (CBS) 11:00 a.m.
J. 26 CHAMINADE 7:35 p.m.
J. 29 at Colorado State* 6:00 p.m.
J 31 at Wyoming* 6:30 p.m.
F. 5 at Air Force* 6:35 p.m.
F. 7 WOFFORD 7:35 p.m.
F. 14 TEXAS-EL PASO* 7:35 p.m.
F. 16 NEW MEXICO*(ESPN) 9 p.m.
F. 21 at BYU* 6:05 p.m.
F. 23 at Utah* (ESPN) 9:00 p.m.
F. 26 WYOMING* 7:35 p.m.
F. 28 COLORADO STATE* 7:35 p.m.
M. 3-7 WAC TOURNEY$ TBA
%Las Vegas Shootout
$WAC Tournament at Thomas & Mack Center
* denotes WAC game
+CHASE NIT

LAS VEGAS, NEV: The UNLV Runnin' Rebels, 1-0, will host Eastern Michigan in the first round of the Chase NIT on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 9 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center (18,500). The Eastern Michigan/UNLV winner will play the Western Kentucky/Kansas winner on Friday, Nov. 21, at 6:30 p.m. (PST) on ESPN. Site to be determined.

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: Wednesday'game will be televised by ESPN. Joel Meyers and Larry Conley 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.

EASTERN MICHIGAN (1-0)                
No. Name           Pos. Ht.  Cl. Ppg   Rpg 
 5  James Head      F   6-7  Sr. 7.0   4.0 
23  Corey Tarrant   F   6-4  So. 8.0   5.0 
45  Nkechi Ezugwu   C   6-8  Sr. 2.0   4.0
11  Earl Boykins    G   5-5  Sr. 21.0  7.0 apg 
35  Derrick Dial    G   6-5  Sr. 18.0  8.0            
UNLV RUNNIN' REBELS (1-0)   
No. Name           Pos. Ht.  Cl. Ppg   Rpg
33  Tyrone Nesby    F   6-6  Sr. 25.0  8.0 
 0  Corky Ausborne  F   6-2  Sr. 12.0  5.0 
34  Kaspars Kambala C   6-9  Fr. 20.0  15.0               
11  Mark Dickel     G   6-1  So. 12.0  11.0 apg
24  Greedy Daniels  G   6-0  Fr. 7.0   4.0 

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. WEDNESDAY'S GAME IS NOT PART OF THE SEASON TICKET PACKAGE.

SERIES HISTORY AND EASTERN MICHIGAN: UNLV leads the series against Eastern Michigan 2-0. UNLV defeated EMU 109-85 on Dec. 28, 1976, in the Las Vegas Holiday Classic. UNLV defeated EMU 79-59 on Dec. 21, 1991, at the Palace of Auburn Hills (Mich.). The Eagles are 1-0 on the season after defeating Drake, 86-58 on Saturday night. The Eagles were 22-10 overall last season and 11-7 (4th) in the Mid-American Conference.

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.

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 Eastern Michigan and UNLV's statistical comparison in 1997-98.

  UNLV EMU
Points per game 96.0 86.0
Opp. points per game 81.0 58.0
Margin +15.0 +28.0
Rebounds per game 48.0 35.0
Opp. rebounds per game 44.0 38.0
Margin +4.0 -3.0
Field goal pct. .432 .435
Opp. field goal pct. .438 .378
3-Pt. FG pct. .389 .407
Free throw pct. .694 .789
Opp. free throw pct. .538 .792
Turnovers per game 12.0 13.0
Opp. turnovers per game 20.0 28.0
Turnover margin +8.0 +15.0

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT vs. UNLV RECAP: UNLV defeated LMU 96-81 in the season and home opener on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center. LMU led 3-0 and UNLV then scored 11 straight points to lead 11-3 with 16:59 left in the first half. UNLV never trailed the rest of the way. The Runnin' Rebels built a 17-point lead at 38-21 on a 3-pointer by Grant Rice (7:35). UNLV led at halftime 48-37. UNLV maintained its lead in the second half. Corky Ausborne's 3-pointer gave UNLV a 68-52 lead with 13:51 left. LMU cut the lead to 87-79 on a jumper by Kenny Hotopp with 4:19 left. UNLV outscored LMU 9-2 over the final minutes to post a 96-81 victory. Senior forward Tyrone Nesby led UNLV with 25 points. Freshman center Kaspars Kambala posted a double-double in his first collegiate game with 20 points and 15 rebounds, 14 coming in the second half. Kambala also had 3 blocked shots. Freshman guard/forward Donovan Stewart scored 17 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. Senior guard Corky Ausborne scored a career-high 12 points (4-for-7 3's) and sophomore guard Mark Dickel added 12 points and a career-high 11 assists. Forward Ben Ammerman led LMU with 17 points. UNLV shot .432 from the field (32-for-74) and LMU shot .438 from the field (32-for-73). UNLV outrebounded LMU 48-36. UNLV shot .694 from the free throw line (25-for-36) and LMU was .538 (7-for-13).

RUNNIN' REBEL HEAD COACH BILL BAYNO: He is in 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 33-26 (.559). 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.

EASTERN MICHIGAN HEAD COACH MILTON BARNES: He is in his secon season at Eastern Michigan and his career record is 23-10 (.697).

HOME OPENERS: UNLV improved to 32-8 (.800) in all-time home openers with the 96-81 victory over Loyola Marymount on Saturday. The Runnin' Rebels are 14-1 in home openers at the Thomas & Mack Center and 3-0 under Bayno.

CHASE NIT: 16 teams are involved in the Chase NIT. A team must win two games to 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 on ESPN. First round games will begin on Monday, Nov. 17: Boston at Connecticut, UNC-Wilmington at Rhode Island, Loyola (Maryland) at Florida State, Utah State at Minnesota. Wednesday's games: Eastern Michigan at UNLV, Western Kentucky at Kansas, Detroit at Cincinnati, Wagner at Arizona State. Second Round games will be played on Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 19 and 21.

UNLV IN PRESEASON NIT: The Runnin' Rebels have appeared twice in the preseason NIT. UNLV's record is 7-1:

Nov. 21, 1986: UNLV 92, Arizona 87 at T&M
Nov. 24, 1986: UNLV 90, Oklahoma 81 at T&M
Nov. 28, 1986: UNLV 78, Temple 76 at Madison Square Garden
Nov. 29, 1986: UNLV 96, Western Kentucky 95 (2OT) for championship of NIT at Madison Square Garden.

Nov. 15, 1989: UNLV 102, Loyola Marymount 91 at T&M
Nov. 17, 1989: UNLV 101, California 81 at T&M
Nov. 22, 1989: Kansas 91, UNLV 77 at Madison Square Garden
Nov. 24, 1989: UNLV 88, DePaul 53 at Madison Square Garden

3-POINT GOALS: Since the 3-point field goal was adopted by the NCAA in 1986-87, UNLV has converted at least one 3-pointer in all 357 games played (counting 1 game this season). 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 64 games. The UNLV streak for games in which it sank at least one 3-point shot stands at 370. The last time the Runnin' Rebels failed to make at least one 3-pointer came against Long Beach State on Jan. 25, 1986.

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