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UNLV finalizes 2010-11 Mountain West men’s basketball schedule

Rebels will open league play with five of first eight games at Thomas & Mack Center

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UNLV coach Lon Kruger talks to his players during a first-round NCAA Tournament game against UNI at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City on March 18, 2010.

The layout of UNLV's 2010-11 men's basketball schedule is complete.

The university on Wednesday released the layout of the 16-game Mountain West Conference portion of the slate, which includes five home games in the first eight contests.

The Rebels, whose non-conference schedule is highlighted by road tests at Louisville and Kansas State, will open their league schedule against rival BYU at the Thomas & Mack Center in a 7 p.m. contest Wednesday, Jan. 5.

The two-game home stand starting league play also includes a 7 p.m. tilt three days later against TCU.

UNLV, which finished 25-9 last season and reached the NCAA tournament for the third time in four years, then travels for back-to-back road games — Jan. 12 at San Diego State and Jan. 15 at Air Force.

After hosting Colorado State on Wednesday, Jan. 19, the Rebels play their first day game of the conference season at home against defending MWC regular-season champion New Mexico in a 1 p.m. matinee Saturday, Jan. 22.

The first half of the league schedule concludes with a 7 p.m. game Jan. 25 at Wyoming and a 7:30 p.m. home contest Feb. 2 against Utah.

The second half of the schedule mirrors the first in order of opponents, just at opposite venues.

The 2010-11 season marks the second consecutive year that UNLV will have each of its MWC games televised. The only asterisk involves a Feb. 9 home game against TCU, which will be played at 5 p.m., but shown later at night on tape delay.

In the non-conference season, UNLV's home game Nov. 20 against Wisconsin will be aired on Versus, while the Dec. 21 game against Kansas State at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., will air on ESPN2. Also on ESPN's family of networks will be the Rebels' three games at the 76 Classic over the Thanksgiving holiday in Anaheim, Calif.

All that remains to be determined on the 2010-11 schedule are game times Dec. 1 at Illinois State, Dec. 4 at UNR and Dec. 11 at Louisville. Also, UNLV's opening-round opponent and game time Nov. 25 at the 76 Classic remain unknown.

In other MWC scheduling news, San Diego State also released its league slate Wednesday, and will play host to BYU on Feb. 26 in the first Mountain West men's basketball aired on CBS.

UNLV Men's Basketball 2010-11 Schedule (All times PST)

Tues., Nov. 2 — vs. Grand Canyon (exhibition) — Thomas & Mack Center — 7 p.m.

Tues., Nov. 9 — vs. Washburn (exhibition) — Thomas & Mack Center — 7 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 12 — vs. UC Riverside — Thomas & Mack Center — 7:30 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 17 — vs. Southeastern Louisiana — Thomas & Mack Center — 7 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 20 — vs. Wisconsin — Thomas & Mack Center — 4 p.m.

Thurs., Nov. 25 — 76 Classic — Anaheim, Calif. — TBA

Fri., Nov. 26 — 76 Classic — Anaheim, Calif. — TBA

Sun., Nov. 28 — 76 Classic — Anaheim, Calif. — TBA

Wed., Dec. 1 — at Illinois State — Bloomington, Ill. — TBA

Sat., Dec. 4 — at UNR — Reno, Nev. — TBA

Wed., Dec. 8 — vs. Boise State — Orleans Arena — 7 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 11 — at Louisville — Louisville, Ky. — TBA

Wed., Dec. 15 — vs. UC Santa Barbara — Thomas & Mack Center — 7 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 18 — vs. Southern Utah — Thomas & Mack Center — 7 p.m.

Tues., Dec. 21 — at Kansas State — Kansas City, Mo. — 6 p.m.

Thurs., Dec. 30 — vs. Central Michigan — Thomas & Mack Center — 7 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 5 — vs. BYU — Thomas & Mack Center — 7 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 8 — vs. TCU — Thomas & Mack Center — 7 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 12 — at San Diego State — San Diego, Calif. — 7 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 15 — at Air Force — Colorado Springs, Colo. — 3 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 19 — vs. Colorado State — Thomas & Mack Center — 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 22 — vs. New Mexico — Thomas & Mack Center — 1 p.m.

Tues., Jan. 25 — at Wyoming — Laramie, Wyo. — 7 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 2 — vs. Utah — Thomas & Mack Center — 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 5 — at BYU — Provo, Utah — 1 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 9 — at TCU — Fort Worth, Texas — 5 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 12 — vs. San Diego State — Thomas & Mack Center — 5 p.m.

Tues., Feb. 15 — vs. Air Force — Thomas & Mack Center — 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 19 — at Colorado State — Fort Collins, Colo. — 4 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 23 — at New Mexico — Albuquerque, N.M. — 6 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 26 — vs. Wyoming — Thomas & Mack Center — 7 p.m.

Sat., March 5 — at Utah — Salt Lake City, Utah — 1 p.m.

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  1. BYU at the Mack for the first conference game. Gonna be a packed house.

  2. Boise State on December 8th. Guess its good that they'll get an early look at the team that will be kicking their butts twice a year starting in 2011.

  3. Hope the Rebels like cupcakes.... i think this schedule... home schedule at least, could be called red velvet?

  4. unlvrunrebs ... in terms of the non-con, I'm looking at it as a bit of give and take ... last year, with a strong home non-con slate (Louisville, K-State at Orleans, UNR, etc.), was the take. This year, with the brunt of those games on the road, is the give. That's just how it works.

  5. unlvrebs, Coack K acknowledged that he would never play UNLV for fear of losing. He is not alone. There are virtually no coaches of legitimate programs that would play UNLV in Vegas without it being 2 for 1...and that 1 be at a neutral Las Vegas site.

    I am surprised and happy that we could get Wisonsin to play here. and ditto to Ryan

  6. This is not a cupcake schedule by any means. The top teams on it are all away games (which the rebs typically play well at).

    Compare other teams of "high major" standard:
    Kansas - Longwood, valpairso, north Texas, Colorado St. UT Arlington, UMKC, etc. (all home mind you)

    NC - FL international, Gardner-Webb, Presbyterian, Marshall, Albany NY...(UNR)

    Duke - Colorado St., Campbell, Francis Marion, Longwood, Mid. TN St., High Point, etc.

    It just shows that even large teams get a few partners to beat up on. You can't have a team play ONLY huge games every week, and the fact all our big games are on the road minus Wisc means a lot.

  7. Breakdown of teams from last year:

    Wisconsin: NCAA 2nd rd. (loss to Cornell)
    76classic -
    Virginia Tech: NIT quarter-finals
    Oklahoma St: NCAA 1st rd (Loss to GT)
    Tulsa: NIT 1st round (loss to Kent St)
    Stanford: NCAA 2nd round (loss to Washington)
    Murray St: NCAA 2nd round (loss to butler)
    Illinois St: NIT 1st round (loss to Dayton)
    UNR: NIT 2nd round (loss to Rhode Island)
    Louisville: NCAA 1st round (loss to Cal)

  8. I'm happy to see that we didn't get back-to-back games against top conference opponents in this years schedule. Perhaps we can take the MWC regular season crown

  9. This is the type of schedule which will put UNLV back in the top 25. Those who believe this schedule is weak are being short-sighted.
    Although I am looking forward to the Hauck years to begin in football, basketball is the sport of UNLV and I am looking forward to an exciting, championship level basketball team this year.
    Boy, do I wish pitino was bringing his team here this year. I already had my "15 seconds" sign made!

  10. Hey Lenny, welcome to the party, man, where have you been.
    We've known that about coach K ever since the '90 championship

  11. Congrats to the League for getting CBS to actually broadcast a regular season game. Could the MWC be "arriving"? Definitely a step in the right direction.