Aug. 18, 2008
LAS VEGAS -
The 2008-09 UNLV men's basketball Mountain West Conference season schedule was announced Monday by the athletics department along with its television appearances and most game times. The Runnin' Rebels' non-conference schedule was released in June.
UNLV will open MWC play on Saturday, January 3, at the Thomas & Mack Center against New Mexico (televised by the Mtn.) and will play its first road game of the conference season the following week - on Saturday, January 10, at TCU (also televised by the Mtn.).
The Runnin' Rebels will play on television at least 18 times this season with 10 appearances on the Mtn., five on CBS College Sports and three on VERSUS.
UNLV's first televised game of the year will be its regular-season opener on Saturday, November 15, against San Diego at 2:30 p.m. on the Mtn. Other non-conference televised contests include Santa Clara on the Mtn., Arizona on VERSUS and Southern Utah on the Mtn.
The Runnin' Rebels are scheduled to have 14 of their 16 MWC games televised through the conference's television package. The complete 2008-09 UNLV men's basketball schedule may be accessed by clicking here. The remainder of the game times and any additional television appearances will be released upon confirmation. Additionally, two games on UNLV's schedule are being listed for either a Tuesday or Wednesday with times TBA. The MWC and CBS C are expected to confirm those dates and times in the coming weeks.
All season tickets, in both donor and non-donor seating areas, are now available for purchase for the 2008-09 Runnin' Rebel season. Limited seating is available in the plaza level in both donor and non-donor areas. Balcony season tickets for 18 home games at the Thomas & Mack Center are available for $175 and $90 - with the $90 endzone balcony season ticket being introduced this season.
For more information on purchasing season tickets, call 702-739-FANS (3267). Those interested in purchasing donor season tickets in the plaza level should call 702-895-1533 . Remaining tickets are expected to go on sale on a single-game basis in October.
UNLV finished the 2007-08 season with an overall record of 27-8 and lost to eventual national champion Kansas in the NCAA Tournament's second round. The appearance in the NCAA Tournament was the second straight for UNLV, which advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2007, and the first time that the Runnin' Rebels won games in back-to-back NCAA Tournaments since 1990 and 1991.
UNLV finished second in the Mountain West Conference this past season with a 12-4 mark for the second consecutive year and won the MWC Tournament championship, also for the second straight time.
Kruger, who was named the 2007-08 MWC and USBWA District VIII Coach of the Year, will enter his fifth season at UNLV in 2008-09 after compiling a four-year mark of 91-42 (.684), including a record of 57-15 (.792) over the last two seasons. UNLV's 57 wins over the past two years ranks ninth in the country among teams that have played in each of the last two NCAA Tournaments and is the second-most victories over the last two years among teams in the West, only behind UCLA.
UNLV has a 15-game home win streak, which is the 11th-longest active streak in the country, has compiled a record of 38-3 at home over the last two seasons and has won 24 straight games against MWC opponents at the Thomas & Mack Center.
UNLV loses only two seniors from last season's team - Curtis Terry and Corey Bailey. The Runnin' Rebels will have four seniors on the 2008-09 roster in Wink Adams, Joe Darger, René Rougeau and Mareceo Rutledge (three of them starters from last year). Several publications have listed UNLV in their early 2008-09 preseason Top 25 polls. UNLV completed its summer foreign exhibition tour of Australia in July and compiled a 4-2 mark.