Sept. 4, 2008
LAS VEGAS -
The starting time and television status of UNLV's men's basketball game scheduled for Wednesday, December 31 at Louisville has be announced. The Runnin' Rebels' contest against the Cardinals will be televised live on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. PST/6 p.m. EST.
Also, when UNLV's conference schedule was announced on August 18, its road game at BYU and its home game against Air Force were being listed as scheduled for either a Tuesday or a Wednesday. Those games have been confirmed. UNLV will play at BYU on Wednesday, January 21 at 7 p.m. PST/8 p.m. MST and will host Air Force on Wednesday, March 4 at 7 p.m. - both televised live on CBS College Sports.
- UNLV will host "FirstLook 2008," which is an event that is centered around the Runnin' Rebels first official practice for the 2008-09 season. It will be held at the Thomas & Mack Center on Friday, October 17 at 9 p.m. and will be hosted by the UNLV Cheerleaders and Rebel Girls.
- The Legends Game that will precede UNLV's exhibition game against Washburn on Tuesday, November 11 will begin at 6 p.m., not 5:30 p.m. as previously announced.
- At halftime of the Washburn exhibition game on Nov. 11, UNLV will honor its Final Four teams from the 1968, 1977, 1987 and 1991 seasons. The 1968 team lost the championship game of the NCAA Small College Tournament. The 1990 National Championship team will be honored during the 2009-10 season when it celebrates its 20th anniversary.
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.
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.