Runnin' Rebels' MW Schedule Announced|
Aug. 10, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The 2012-13 UNLV men's basketball Mountain West schedule, along with some of its television appearances and a couple game times were released on Friday by the athletics department. The Runnin' Rebels' non-conference schedule was released last month.
UNLV will open conference play this year on the road, at New Mexico on Wednesday, Jan. 9 (televised by CBS Sports Network). The Runnin' Rebels will open its MW home season on Saturday, Jan. 12 against Air Force, then will head back out on the road for a Wednesday, Jan. 16 game at San Diego State (CBS Sports Network), and a Saturday, Jan. 19 game at Colorado State (NBC Sports Network).
UNLV will host Wyoming on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. PT (CBS Sports Network) and Nevada, Reno on Wednesday, Jan. 30 (CBS Sports Network) before concluding the first half of conference play on the road at Boise State on Saturday, Feb. 2, and at Fresno State on Wed., Feb. 6.
The Runnin' Rebels will open the second half of the conference season at home against New Mexico on Saturday, Feb. 9 (NBC Sports Network), then play at Air Force on Wednesday, Feb. 13. San Diego State will visit the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday, Feb. 16 (NBC Sports Network), while UNLV will welcome Colorado State on Wednesday, Feb. 20 (CBS Sports Network).
The Runnin' Rebels will then play at Wyoming on Saturday, Feb. 23, and at Nevada, Reno on Saturday, March 2 (NBC Sports Network) before closing out the regular season at home with Boise State on Wednesday, March 6 and Fresno State on Saturday, March 9.
The Thomas & Mack Center will once again host the Mountain West Basketball Championships, March 12-16.
Additionally, it was announced that UNLV's game at North Carolina on Saturday, Dec. 29, will be shown on ESPN2 at 2 p.m. ET. Additional games are expected to be televised. Those, along with remaining game times, will be released upon confirmation.
UNLV is coming off a 26-9 season in head coach Dave Rice'sfirst year at the helm of the program. The 26 wins during the 2011-12 campaign were the most victories in a season by a first-year head coach in UNLV history.
The Runnin' Rebels played in their third straight NCAA Tournament and defeated three top-25 teams last year, including a win over then-No. 1 North Carolina, marking their first victory over the nation's top-ranked team in 22 years and the first time a Mountain West school has ever defeated the No. 1 team in both polls.
The Runnin' Rebels were ranked for 13 straight weeks (14 overall), climbing as high as No. 11 in the country last season. UNLV was 17-1 at the Thomas & Mack Center, which included a perfect 16-0 mark during the regular season, its first undefeated home regular season in 20 years.
The team was second in the nation in assists per game last year (17.6) and also second in the country in percentage of field goals assisted at 65.4 percent.
The Runnin' Rebels return six letterwinners from last year's team, including starters Mike Moser and Anthony Marshall. Moser, who is entering his junior season, was honorable mention Associated Press All-America and a unanimous First-Team All-Mountain West selection as a sophomore. Marshall, who is entering his senior campaign, was named to the All-MW Second Team. Both Moser and Marshall were selected to the league's all-defensive squad last year.
Also returning are seniors Justin Hawkins and Quintrell Thomas, along with junior Carlos Lopez. The Runnin' Rebels will welcome their six new scholarship players (Anthony Bennett, Daquan Cook, Savon Goodman, Demetris Morant, Katin Reinhardt and Roscoe Smith) to the roster for the 2012-13 season, plus Bryce Dejean-Jones, who redshirted in 2011-12 after transferring from USC, and Khem Birch, who sat out the Spring 2012 semester after transferring from Pittsburgh. Birch must also sit out Fall 2012 before becoming eligible to play in games in December.
UNLV is getting an early start to its new season this month as it prepares for its foreign tour of Canada. The team's trip north of the border will begin on Thursday, Aug. 16, and the Runnin' Rebels will play four exhibition games during their stay in Ottawa and Montreal before returning to Las Vegas on Wednesday, Aug. 22. Practices in preparation for the trip are ongoing.
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