UNLV Runnin' Rebels, 2-0, Travel to No. 2 Kansas on Friday |
Nov. 20, 1997
LAS VEGAS, NEV: The UNLV Runnin' Rebels, 2-0, will travel to Lawrence, Kansas, to face second-ranked Kansas in the second round of the Chase NIT on Friday, Nov. 21, at 6:30 p.m. (PST) at Allen Fieldhouse (16,300). The winner of Friday's game will advance to the semifinals of the Chase NIT on Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 26 and 28 at New York City's Madison Square Garden.
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: Friday's game will be televised by ESPN.
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 next coaches show will be Tuesday, Nov. 25.
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.
TRAVEL ITINERARY: UNLV will depart for Kansas on Thursday, Nov. 20. The team will arrive in Lawrence around 3:30 p.m. The team will stay at the Holiday Inn at (913) 841-7077. The team will return to Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 22, arriving on Southwest Airlines at 11:15 a.m. (PST).
KANSAS JAYHAWKS: Kansas is 3-0 on the season. The Jayhawks defeated Santa Clara 99-73, Rice 88-61 and Western Kentucky, 75-62 in the first round of the Chase NIT. The Jayhawks were 34-2 overall last season and lost to Arizona, 85-82 in the NCAA Southeast Regional.
THE SERIES: Kansas leads the series against UNLV 1-0. Kansas defeated UNLV 91-77 on Nov. 22, 1989, in the NIT semifinals in Madison Square Garden.
A STATISTICAL COMPARISON: Here's a look at Kansas and UNLV's statistical comparison in 1997-98.
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.
EASTERN MICHIGAN vs. UNLV RECAP: UNLV defeated Eastern Michigan 84-66 on Wednesday night in the first round of the Chase NIT at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV and EMU played the experimental four quarters. EMU led 20-19 after the first quarter. Senior guard Earl Boykins, who led the Eagles with a game-high 28 points, scored 7 in the first quarter. UNLV outscored EMU 19-17 in the second quarter and led 38-37 at halftime. Senior forward Tyrone Nesby, who scored a team-high 22 points for UNLV, had 13 at the half. A layup by UNLV's sophomore center Kaspars Kambala gave UNLV a 40-39 lead with 8:22 left in the third quarter. UNLV would never trail the rest of the game. Nesby's 3-pointer pushed UNLV's lead to 55-48 with 39 seconds left in the quarter. UNLV increased the lead to 61-50 on another Nesby bucket and sophomore guard Mark Dickel's basket gave UNLV a commanding 63-50 lead with 6:48 left. Eastern Michigan cut the lead to nine at 73-64 on a jumper by Derrick Dial. UNLV then scored nine straight points to ice the game. Kambala, the WAC's Mountain Division Player of the Week, registered his second double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Dickel played another solid game with 10 assists and had only 2 turnovers in 33 minutes. Freshman guard Greedy Daniels added 13 and senior Corky Ausborne added 12. Dial added 19 points for EMU. UNLV shot .527 from the field (29-for-55) and EMU shot .385 from the field (25-for-65). UNLV outrebounded EMU 38-34.
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 34-26 (.567). 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.
KANSAS HEAD COACH ROY WILLIAMS: He is in his 10th season at Kansas and his career record is 250-58 (.812).
UNLV IN PRESEASON NIT: The Runnin' Rebels have appeared three times in the preseason NIT (including this season). UNLV's record is 8-1:
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 Nov. 19, 1997: UNLV 84, Eastern Michigan 66 at T&M
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 358 games played (counting 2 games 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 371. The last time the Runnin' Rebels failed to make at least one 3-pointer came against Long Beach State on Jan. 25, 1986.