This doesn’t validate Jerry Tarkanian’s career. He’d already taken care of that, because his contributions to the game have long spoken for themselves. Sure, having the title Hall of Famer before a coach’s name is an extraordinary honor and one some strive for as the crowning achievement of their contributions to sport. Tarkanian was officially announced Monday for induction for Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in September.
Buyer beware. If you are a Southern Nevada resident planning on purchasing the MLB Extra Innings package from cable providers such Cox Communications, DirecTV, or the MLB.tv version to be streamed to a tablet or smart phone, make sure you understand what you are buying. For us in the Las Vegas area, it’s not what’s being advertised.
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.
Just think if Katin Reinhardt played like he did in the first half Friday all season. Two days ago, the freshman shooting guard nearly put up a bagel in the Mountain West Conference tournament quarterfinals, finishing 1 for 10 shooting in a game that would have destroyed the confidence of most young players. Just not this young player. Friday night, he had arguably his best game for UNLV.
Moments before the start of the UNLV basketball team’s Mountain West Conference tournament quarterfinal game Wednesday against Air Force, one of my media colleagues asked for a prediction. With a straight face, I told him the Rebels would win by double digits. Not just against Air Force, but in the Rebels’ other tournament games, too.
Last year I wrote about the Western High baseball team’s improbable upset against local power Sierra Vista. Western is located in one of Las Vegas’ worst neighborhoods. The school’s athletes don’t enjoy the financial backing of the teams they compete against, and most people in town are dismissive of the school and its students. But I couldn’t help silently cheering for this group of seasonal players. Turns out that game was just one of the many good things happening each afternoon on the Western diamond. I wish everyone could have seen what happened at Western’s game Monday against Faith Lutheran.
Before the disaster that was the UNLV basketball team’s second loss of the season to lowly Fresno State, a script read by the public address announcer during the Rebels’ Senior Day celebration raised a red flag. When introducing Justin Hawkins and Anthony Marshall on Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center for their final game, making four straight NCAA Tournaments was listed in each of their accomplishments. OK, I get it, the Rebels are 99.9 percent guaranteed to have their name called next Sunday. It’s just a pair of defeats to 11-win Fresno State will surely be a gigantic black ...
Quintrell Thomas, UNLV’s 6-foot-8, 245-pound power forward with a daunting physical stature and a look that is downright intimidating, seems like the last person on the Rebels’ team you’d want to start a fight with. But looks are deceiving.
It’s a scene that doesn’t get old for racing fans and other tourists visiting the Las Vegas Strip each early March. The NASCAR Hauler Parade again shutout one of the world’s most famous streets, with the trucks carry the cars for this weekend’s Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series races traveling from the South Point to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on a familiar course.
The UNLV basketball team didn’t take its first lead Tuesday against visiting Boise State until 17 minutes remained in the game. It lasted less than one minute. Mind you, that was the first time the Rebels led the Broncos in a game this season. Earlier this year, UNLV trailed from start to finish in a five-point loss at Boise State. Tonight, the Rebels fell behind by seven points early and trailed by as many as 11 in the first half, but was able to scratch and claw its way to a hard-fought 68-64 victory.
Maybe this will be the victory that changes the UNLV basketball team’s fortunes. The Rebels trailed visiting San Diego State Saturday by 11 points in the first half but rallied for a 72-70 victory. They showed a toughness that has been glaringly missing — especially on the road — in the past few weeks and weren’t going to be pushed around on their home court.
The UNLV basketball team’s problems are far from fixed, but a 64-55 victory Saturday against No. 15 New Mexico was clearly a step in the right direction. Yes, it’s tough to forget the train wreck of the past two games — playing uninspired in an ugly loss at Boise State, then trailing by as many as 16 points in falling at last-place Fresno State. But, in what was deemed as a must-win game against New Mexico to salvage the season, the Rebels — especially in the first half — resembled the quality team they were expected to be.
Another safety. And with four seconds left in the game. The gambling gods were shining on a few lucky handicappers late in Sunday’s Super Bowl. Of course, I wasn’t included in that good fortune. Last week, I gave readers my picks for a few proposition wagers, including one predication I felt strongly about. There was no way there would be a safety.
Most UNLV supporters despise all things UNR. But, home games against New Mexico and San Diego State next month will be more significant than this victory — for the players, a good majority of the fans, and most important, in determining the fate of the Rebels’ season.