Feb. 21, 2014
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV men's basketball team, which had won six out of seven games before falling at home to New Mexico, 68-56, on Wednesday night, will now travel to Boise, Idaho, to face Boise State on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 6:05 p.m./5:05 p.m.
This will be the second meeting in the regular season this year between the Runnin' Rebels and Broncos. UNLV won the first meeting, 73-69, on Feb. 1 at the Thomas & Mack Center. In that game, the Runnin' Rebels twice came back from double-digit deficits in the second half and trailed by 11 with about 3½ minutes to play before finishing the game on a 17-2 run. UNLV is alone in third place in the Mountain West at 8-5, while Boise State is alone in fifth. The two are separated by just one game in the standings.
Saturday's game against the Broncos will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Rich Waltz and Bob Wenzel calling the action. Jon Sandler and Robert Smith will handle the radio call, which may be heard on ESPN Radio 1100/98.9 FM. The radio broadcast listen link along with Gametracker are available at UNLVRebels.com.
The Runnin' Rebels are fourth in the country in blocked shots per game at 6.6, sixth in the nation in 3-point field-goal defense, limiting their opponents to just 28.2 percent from behind the arc, are 10th in effective field-goal percentage defense at 43.3 and 13th in rebounding at 40.0 per game. Khem Birch is third in the country in blocked shots (3.7 bpg), while Roscoe Smith is fourth in the nation in rebounding (11.3 rpg). Smith is third in the country in double-doubles (15), while Birch is 10th (13). Bryce Dejean-Jones leads the team in scoring with 13.5 ppg.
UNLV (17-9, 8-5 Mountain West)
BOISE STATE (17-9, 7-6 Mountain West)
DATE: Saturday, February 22, 2014
TIME: 6:05 p.m. MST/5:05 p.m. PST
SITE: Taco Bell Arena (12,480), Boise, Idaho
TV: CBS Sports Network (Rich Waltz, Bob Wenzel)
RADIO: ESPN Radio 1100 AM/98.9 FM (Jon Sandler, Robert Smith)
ONLINE: Radio (audio) & Gametracker at UNLVRebels.com
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The Last Meeting
February 1, 2014
Thomas & Mack Center
UNLV Edges Boise State In 73-69 Comeback Win
Kevin Olekaibe scored 18 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer, to lift UNLV to a 73-69 comeback win over Boise State on Saturday night. Trailing most of the game, UNLV (15-7, 6-3 Mountain West) used a 17-2 run in the final minutes to erase an 11-point deficit and slip past Boise State for the win.