UNLV guards Katin Reinhardt and Bryce Dejean-Jones celebrate Dejean-Jones' two consecutive three-point baskets against New Mexico during their Mountain West Conference Tournament championship game Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack Center. New Mexico won 63-56.
What follows is mostly speculation, because when it comes to bracketology what else is there? The Rebels have been squarely in the field of 68 for some time, so the last couple of weeks have been more about getting to a point where they’re playing well enough to have a chance to do something in the tournament.
It’s tough to say what moment from Saturday’s Mountain West tournament title game was worse for UNLV fans. Was it Tony Snell’s game-clinching 3-pointer with just more than a minute to play? Kendall Williams’ exclamation point, a 360-degree dunk?
The first instinct is to assign blame. If they didn’t make just 33 percent of their shots, or if a few of the 22 3-pointers they missed would have fallen, then the UNLV basketball team might not have lost 63-56 to New Mexico on Saturday in the Mountain West tournament championship game.
Tony Snell scored 13 of New Mexico's final 17 points and Kendall Williams punctuated the Lobos' 63-56 victory against UNLV with a 360 dunk that clinched the Mountain West tournament title, giving New Mexico both crowns this season.
Tough. Together. Those are the words UNLV coach Dave Rice said he wrote on the board in the team’s locker room prior to and at halftime of the Mountain West tournament semifinal between the Rebels and Colorado State.
Anthony Bennett scored 19 points on eight shots while Katin Reinhardt led UNLV with 21 points in a 10-point victory against Colorado State that sends the Rebels to tomorrow afternoon's Mountain West tournament final against New Mexico. The game is at 3 p.m. on CBS.
The UNLV women’s basketball team’s season ended for the second straight season against New Mexico in the Mountain West Conference tournament quarterfinals at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Thursday, the No. 4 seeded Lady Rebels squandered a double-digit first-half lead, falling to the Lobos, 72-59.
Dave Rice, UNLV basketball coach and amateur marketing director, knows how to sell an event. His team’s victory about a half an hour old and the Rebels’ opponent still unknown, Rice sat behind a microphone in the Cox practice gym and drew up the storyboard like he was in a pitch meeting.
Colorado State's Wes Eikmeier wasn't worried or concerned that he had missed his first six shots from the floor. He did what all good shooters do — forgot about the misses and focused on the next shot.
Injuries are just part of the game, though rarely do they effectively end the contest less than two minutes in as Michael Lyons’ sprained right knee did in UNLV’s 72-56 quarterfinal victory against Air Force.
CBSSports.com's Jeff Borzello joins Las Vegas Sun reporter Taylor Bern to discuss UNLV's seeding possibilities in Part One, and then at the 15:30 mark Taylor is joined by SI.com's Andy Glockner who offers his insight to the Mountain West's collective standing as we approach tournament time. All rights for the intro, outro and intermission music to alt-J, so go buy their album.