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UNLV Runnin' Rebels, 3-1, Travel to Michigan Saturday
Dec. 3, 1997

LAS VEGAS, Nev. The UNLV Runniní Rebels, 3-1, will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to face Michigan on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m. (PST) at the Crisler Arena (13,562). UNLV will conclude the three-game road swing at Rhode Island on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 4 p.m. (PST).

All Runniní Rebel games will be carried live on KXNT AM-840. Dave McCann and Tony Cordasco will call the action when games are televised by KUPN. Fans can now bring their radio to the game and tune in to KXNTís radio broadcast inside the Thomas & Mack Center on 99.5 FM.

TELEVISION: Saturdayís game will be televised by KUPN Channel 21, Cable 2. Ken Korach and Glen Gondrezick will call the action.

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

ìThe Bill Bayno Radio Showî 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, Dec. 9.

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

LINEUPS: Hereís a glance at the possible starters for each team.

MICHIGAN WOLVERINES (3-1)                   
No.   Name           Pos Ht.  Cl.  Ppg    Rpg    
30    Maceo Baston    F  6-9  Sr.  14.8   8.3    
32    Jerod Ward      F  6-9  Sr.  14.3   5.5
54    Robert Traylor  C  6-8  Jr.  13.0   11.0
 3    Robbie Reid     G  6-1  Jr.  5.5    3.5 apg    
11    Louis  Bullock  G  6-3  Jr.  13.3   3.0               
UNLV RUNNINí REBELS (3-1)
                     Pos Ht.  Cl.  Ppg    Rpg
33    Tyrone Nesby    F  6-6  Sr.  21.0   7.5    
 0    Corky Ausborne  F  6-2  Sr.  11.0   4.5
34    Kaspars Kambala C  6-9  Fr.  18.3   10.3           
11    Mark Dickel     G  6-1  So.  9.5    8.0 apg
24    Greedy Daniels  G  6-0  Fr.  10.0   4.8

MICHIGAN WOLVERINES: Michigan is 3-1 on the season. The Wolverines lost to Western Michigan 68-63 in the season opener. Michigan since has defeated Cleveland State 77-59, Towson 75-72 and Detroit, 54-53. Michigan hosts Florida International on Dec. 3.

THE SERIES: UNLV leads the series against Michigan 2-0. UNLV defeated Michigan 108-94 on Dec. 30, 1975, in the Holiday Classic at the Las Vegas Convention Center. UNLV then defeated Michigan 66-64 on Dec. 28, 1995, in the Thomas & Mack Center, in Baynoís first year as head coach.

UNLV vs. BIG TEN: The Runniní Rebels have a career record of 9-3 vs. the Big Ten Conference. UNLV is 2-0 vs. Michigan. Other teams include: Illinois (0-1), Indiana (0-1), Iowa (3-1), Michigan State (1-0), Northwestern (1-0), Ohio State (1-0) and Wisconsin (1-0).

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 teamís 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., Dec. 3  at Harley Davidson Cafe    Tues., Jan. 27
Tues., Dec. 9 at Harley Davidson Cafe    Tues., Feb. 3
Tues., Dec. 16                           Tues., Feb. 10
Tues., Jan. 6                            Tues., Feb. 17
Tues., Jan. 13                           Tues., Feb. 24
Tues., Jan. 20  
        
A STATISTICAL COMPARISON: Hereís a look at Michigan
and UNLVís statistical comparison in 1997-98.              
                        UNLV        MICHIGAN
Points per game         82.5        67.3    
Opp. points per game    77.8        63.0    
Margin                  +4.7        +4.3
Rebounds per game       39.3        37.0
Opp. rebounds per game  43.0        33.5    
Margin                  -3.7        +3.5    
Field goal pct.         .447        .482    
Opp. field goal pct.    .431        .364
3-Pt. FG pct.           .405        .302    
Free throw pct.         .648        .713    
Opp. free throw pct.    .678        .673    
Turnovers per game      11.3        22.3    
Opp. turnovers per game 14.3        16.5    
Turnover margin         +3.0        -5.8

UNLV vs. USC RECAP: UNLV defeated USC 82-72 on Tuesday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. UNLV posted its first road victory of the season. Freshman guard Greedy Daniels sparked UNLV with a great overall game. He established season-highs in four categories. He scored 17 points, pulled down 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. He also played a season-high 32 minutes. UNLV led for the majority of the game. UNLV had a six point lead on numerous occasions in the first half. Senior forward Corky Ausborne, who scored a career-high 19 points, paced UNLVís offense with 14 first half points. UNLV led 43-39 at halftime. USC tied the game in the second half at 53-53 on a 3-pointer by Ken Sims with 14:23 left. USC took its last lead of the game at 66-65 on a jumper by Shannon Swillis with 6:46 left. UNLV then outscored USC 17-6 the rest of the game. UNLV had five players score in double figures. Besides Daniels and Ausborne, senior forward Tyrone Nesby added 14 and 8 rebounds, freshman center Kaspars Kambala had 13 and sophomore guard Mark Dickel scored 10 and dished out 4 assists. USC was led by guard Gary Johnsonís 18 points. Forward Swillis pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds. UNLV shot .433 from the field (29-for-67) and USC shot .375 (27-for-72). USC outrebounded UNLV 52-40.

RUNNINí REBEL HEAD COACH BILL BAYNO: He is in his third season as the head coach of the UNLV Runniní Rebels. He is UNLVís 10th head coach in the 40-year history of Rebel basketball. He has a career record of 35-27 (.565). 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.

MICHIGAN HEAD COACH BRIAN ELLERBE: He is in his first season as the interim head coach.

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 360 games played (counting 4 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 373. The last time the Runniní Rebels failed to make at least one 3-pointer came against Long Beach State on Jan. 25, 1986.

HOME RECORD: UNLV is 2-0 at home this season and are 27-9 (.750) under Bill Bayno at the Thomas & Mack Center over three seasons. UNLV, in its 15th season at the Thomas & Mack Center, has an overall record of 188-27 (.874).

RUNNINí REBELS ON TV: A total of 24 regular season games will be televised during the 1997-98 season. ESPN or ESPN2 will televise 9 times, KUPN 7 times, FOX Sports West 2 7 times and CBS once.

NOTES: UNLV is shooting .405 (32-for-79) from 3-point range over four games...five players are averaging in double figures: Tyrone Nesby (21.0), Kaspars Kambala (18.3), Donovan Stewart (11.3), Corky Ausborne (11.0) and Greedy Daniels (10.0).

UNLV TO RETIRE BASKETBALL JERSEYS OF GONDREZICK AND THEUS ON DEC. 27: UNLV will retire the jerseys of former greats Glen Gondrezick (#25) and Reggie Theus (#23) in a halftime ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 27, at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Runniní Rebels will face UCLA in a game that will be televised by ESPN. Gondrezick and Theus were both instrumental in putting UNLV basketball on the map. The 1976-77 Runniní Rebels compiled an overall record of 29-3 and advanced to the schoolís first-ever NCAA Final Four at the Omni in Atlanta, Georgia. Gondrezick, a 1977 honorable mention All-American, played at UNLV for four years (1973-77). Theus, a 1978 second-team All-American, played at UNLV for three years (1975-78). Gondrezick and Theus will join fellow Runniní Rebel basketball players Stacey Augmon (#32), Sidney Green (#21) and Larry Johnson (#4). The remaining list of UNLV athletes retired jerseys include: David Cohen (#10) and Robbie Ryserson (#10) - soccer; Matt Williams (#15) - baseball; Misty Thomas (#4) and Pauline Jordan (#50) - womenís basketball; Randall Cunningham (#12) - football. The two former head coaches are Jerry Tarkanian (#2) and Fred Dallimore (#13) - baseball.

UNLV PLAYER-BY-PLAYER NOTES:
CORKY AUSBORNE: He has appeared in four games and is averaging 11.0 points and 4.5 rebounds. Shooting .407 from 3-point range (11-for-27). Scored 12 points (4-for-7 3FG) in the season opener against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 15. Scored 12 points (3-for-9 3FG) against Eastern Michigan in the Chase NIT on Nov. 19. Established career-highs in rebounds (6) and assists (5). He scored a career-high 19 points (6-for-11 FG) against USC on Dec. 2. He also established career-highs with 4 3-pointers made and 35 minutes played.

GREEDY DANIELS: He has appeared in four games and is averaging 10.0 points and 4.3 assists. Scored 7 points and dished out 5 assists in 30 minutes in his first collegiate game against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 15. Scored 13 points (4-for-7 FG) and dished out 5 assists in 28 minutes against Eastern Michigan in the Chase NIT on Nov. 19. He played his best all around game of the season against USC on Dec. 2. He established season-highs in five categories. In 32 minutes, he scored 17 points (7-for-10 FG), pulled down 9 rebounds (defensive), 6 assists and 5 steals.

MARK DICKEL: He has appeared in four games and is averaging 9.5 points. Team-leader with 32 assists (8.0 average) and 148 minutes played (37.0). Shooting .857 (18-for-21) from the free throw line. He recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 11 assists in the season opener against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 15. Scored 9 points and dished out 10 assists against Eastern Michigan in the Chase NIT on Nov. 19. Also had only 2 turnovers in 33 minutes. He dished out 7 assists in a career-high 40 minutes against No. 2 Kansas in the Chase NIT on Nov. 21. Scored 10 points and committed just 3 turnovers in 37 minutes against USC on Dec. 2.

KASPARS KAMBALA: The freshman collected three double-doubles to begin his college career. He is averaging 18.3 points and 10.3 rebounds in 120 minutes (30.0 average). Shooting .565 from the field (26-for-46) and .618 from the line (21-for-34).

KASPARSí DOUBLE-DOUBLES:
OPPONENT          PTS                        REB
Loyola Marymount (11-15) 20 (6-for-13 FG)    15 (5/10)
Eastern Michigan (11-19) 21 (9-for-11 FG)    10 (1/9)
Kansas           (11-21) 19 (6-for-13 FG)    10 (4/6)

He was 8-for-13 from the line and had 3 blocked shots against Loyola Marymount in 30 minutes. He was named WAC Mountain Player of the Week (Nov. 17). Played a season-high 38 minutes against Eastern Michigan. Scored 13 points and pulled down 6 rebounds in 21 minutes against USC on Dec. 2. Has scored in double figures in all four games.

TYRONE NESBY: He has appeared in four games and is the teamís leading scorer with a 21.0 average in 145 minutes played (36.3). Has scored 20 or more points in three games and 13 times in his career. Has scored in double figures in 32 of 36 career games and 9 straight, dating back to last season. Shooting .386 from the field (34-for-88) and .429 from 3-point range (9-for-21). Scored 25 points in the season opener against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 15. Scored 22 points and pulled down 8 rebounds in 37 minutes against Eastern Michigan in the Chase NIT on Nov. 19. Scored 23 points and tied his career-high with 5 3-pointers against No. 2 Kansas in the Chase NIT on Nov. 21. Scored 14 points and tied his season high with 8 rebounds against USC on Dec. 2.

GRANT RICE: He has appeared in four games and is averaging 1.0 points and 1.8 rebounds. Scored 3 points and had 2 rebounds in 8 minutes in the season opener against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 15. Played 11 minutes each against Eastern Michigan in the Chase NIT on Nov. 19 and against No. 2 Kansas on Nov. 21. Pulled down 3 rebounds against the Jayhawks. Played a season-high 15 minutes against USC on Dec. 2.

DONOVAN STEWART: He has appeared in four games and is averaging 11.3 points and 4.0 rebounds. Shooting .531 from the field (17-for-32). Shooting .625 from 3-point range (5-for-8). Scored 17 points (6-for-9 FG) and pulled down 9 rebounds in 28 minutes in the season opener against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 15. Scored 15 points (6-for-12 FG) in 32 minutes against No. 2 Kansas in the Chase NIT on Nov. 21. Scored 8 points and pulled down 4 rebounds in 22 minutes against USC on Dec. 2.

EPPS AND KEEFE UPDATE: Sophomore Issiah Epps and junior Brian Keefe will be eligible to play against Chicago State on Wednesday, Dec. 17.

KEON COUNTDOWN: The senior All-American center will return to action against Tulane on Sunday, Jan. 4.

SIMMONS COUNTDOWN: The junior forward will return to action against Texas-El Paso on Saturday, Jan. 17. Clark and Simmons were suspended by the NCAA for 11 and 14 games, respectively for involvement in an improper trip to Orlando, Fla., which was financed by a sports agent.

RUNNINí REBEL BREAKDOWN:
Overall:    3-1
Home:    2-0
Road:    1-1
Neutral:    0-0
WAC    0-0
WAC Home:    0-0
WAC Road:    0-0
Vs. Conference USA:    0-0
Vs. Atlantic 10:    0-0
Vs. Big East:    0-0
Vs. Big Ten:    0-0
Vs. Big 12:    0-1
Vs. Big West:    0-0
Vs. Mid-American:    1-0
Vs. Mid-Continent Conference:    0-0
Vs. Pacific-10 Conference:    1-0
Vs. Pacific West Conference:    0-0
Vs. Southern Conference:    0-0
Vs. West Coast Conference:    1-0
Vs. Sun Belt:    0-0
In overtime games:    0-0
When leading at halftime:    3-0
When Tied at halftime:    0-0
When trailing at halftime:    0-1
When outrebounding the opponent:    2-0
When tied in rebounding with opponent:    0-0
When opponent outrebounds UNLV:    1-1
When have less turnovers than opponent:    2-0
When have more turnovers than opponent:    1-1
When shooting better from the field:    2-0
When shooting worse from the field:    1-1
When shooting better at the free throw line:    2-0
When shooting worse at the free throw line:    1-1
When taking more shots than the opponent:    1-0
When taking fewer shots than the opponent:    2-1
When shooting more 3-pointers:    0-1
When shooting fewer 3-pointers:    3-0
When shooting the same 3-pointers:    0-0
When taking more free throws:    3-1
When taking fewer free throws:    0-0
When shooting better than 50 percent from field:     1-0
When shooting less than 50 percent from field:    2-1
When scoring more than 100 points:    0-0
When Scoring 90-100 points:    1-0
When Scoring 80-90 points:    2-0
When Scoring 70-80 points:    0-0
When Scoring less than 70 points:    0-1
When opposition scores more than 80 points:    1-1
When opposition scores less than 80 points:    1-0
In games decided by less than four points:    0-0
In games decided by 4-10 points:    1-0
In games decided by 10+ points:    2-1
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