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Taylor Bern

UNLV Sports Reporter

Taylor, who covers UNLV sports, is a 2010 graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. He worked for newspapers in Iowa, Kansas and Missouri before moving out to the desert, working seven months on the sports desk at the Arizona Republic before joining the Sun in November 2011. His outside passions include good books, bad coffee and the search for adequate leg room.

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Bern’s-Eye View: Forecasting Mountain West Basketball Week 10
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
We’re basically a quarter into Mountain West play and there’s so much I feel like I still don’t know about this league.
Vegas Play of the Day: San Diego State at Wyoming
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
UNLV collapses in OT at Boise State, falls to 1-3 in the Mountain West
The Rebels come out flat in first half and overtime in 82-73 loss, their fourth defeat in the last five games
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
Considering these teams’ recent history at Taco Bell Arena, it should surprise no one that UNLV and Boise State went to overtime. Considering the way several Rebels played the first half — like they’d rather be at a Taco Bell back in Vegas — it surprised those in attendance that ...
Blog: Rebels fall apart in OT, stumble to 1-3 in league play with 82-73 loss at Boise State
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
The Rebels managed to get this game to overtime, but once there they completely fell apart. UNLV committed six turnovers in the extra session as Derrick Marks led the Broncos to an 82-73 victory with 28 points.
Morgan the main X-factor for Rebels to evolve during Mountain West play
The Rebels head to Boise State for the first of back-to-back road games hoping freshman Dwayne Morgan will build on recent growth
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
The first of UNLV’s true freshmen to commit to the program has been the last to seemingly catch up to the Division I level. Dwayne Morgan doesn’t hide from this because he knows he’s now getting better at a little faster pace. Morgan, a Baltimore native, also knows, just as the rest of the Rebels do, that his continued development could be the biggest key for UNLV growing as ...
Old-school commitment: Bishop Gorman star wants to play for college that will take him at his word
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015
Every season, players try to get out of signed letters of intent, and schools won’t let them. Stephen Zimmerman doesn't want to surrender control of his eligibility that easily ...
Rebels, trying to learn from UNR loss, handle business against San Jose State
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015
By the end, tonight was as routine as it was supposed to be and that’s precisely what the Rebels needed after starting Mountain West play 0-2.
Blog: Vaughn gets double-double in 34-point victory against San Jose State
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015
Rashad Vaughan led the way with 15 points and 10 rebounds — his first career double-double — and UNLV pulled away at the start of the second half to coast in with an easy 74-40 victory against San Jose State tonight at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Take 5: Rebels reeling from UNR loss heading into home game vs. SJSU
Friday, Jan. 9, 2015
The optimism around UNLV basketball despite back-to-back losses was sucked out of the gym Wednesday night when the Rebels dropped their third straight, this time at home as 10-point favorites against UNR.
Rebels not tough enough in third consecutive loss to UNR
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
The ebbs and flows of the Mountain West race will probably pull the leader back within reach, but if the Rebels fail to win the league for the 15th straight season ...
Blog: Wolf Pack make it 3 in a row against UNLV with 64-62 win at the Mack
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
Marqueze Coleman hit a long jumper in the final 10 seconds to send UNR to its third straight victory against UNLV, dropping the Rebels to 0-2 in Mountain West play with a 64-62 loss tonight at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Bern’s-Eye View: Forecasting Mountain West Basketball Week 9
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
Mountain West play is a little more than a week old and already it appears that the suspicions of a wide-open league race are true. Through at least two games for most teams only three teams are still undefeated and all three of them are underdogs tonight.
Rebels trying to prepare for UNR like they have recently against ranked teams
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
Most of UNLV’s roster can be forgiven for not understanding the depths of tonight’s rivalry game against UNR. For starters, the basketball version rarely brings out the same vitriol as ...
Vegas Play of the Day: New Mexico at San Diego State
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Rebels gain confidence from strong showing at No. 13 Kansas despite loss
UNLV leads at halftime, plays hard for long stretches before fading in 76-61 loss at Allen Fieldhouse, returns home Wednesday vs. UNR
Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015
For most of the game, no one without a chyron on their TV would have been able to tell which team was ranked No. 13 and which just lost in Wyoming. The Rebels went toe to toe for a long time in college basketball’s toughest venue, and by the end they emerged as one of the most optimistic teams on a two-game losing streak you could ever find ...
Blog: Rebels run out of gas vs. No. 13 Kansas, lose 76-61
Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015
The Rebels finished the toughest stretch in program history with a solid performance that wasn't enough as No. 13 Kansas overwhelmed UNLV down the stretch, using a 23-6 run to pull away for a 76-61 victory at Allen Fieldhouse.
Wood’s progression could take another long step forward at No. 13 Kansas
Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015
Standing in a hallway inside Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas coach Bill Self looked around for a good way to further describe a player he had already said was “different than anybody you’ve ever seen.” “I think he can take one bounce and go from here to the restroom and back,” Self said, motioning toward an entrance about a half court away.
Bern’s-Eye View: No college arena better than Kansas’ Allen Fieldhouse
Friday, Jan. 2, 2015
Stating subjectivity objectively is silly yet we do it all the time, and only with closer inspection do the claims either hold true or fall unfounded. Here’s an example, and I encourage you to put this one to the test, as some will do this weekend, because I’m prepared to stand by it: There might be equals, but no college basketball venue is better than Kansas’ Allen Fieldhouse.
Rebels like almost everything except result in close loss at Wyoming
UNLV shot well, won rebounds and got 29 points from Christian Wood, but the Cowboys hold on for 76-71 win in conference opener
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014
Christian Wood led Wyoming 19-14 less than nine minutes into the game, the result of perhaps the best start to a game that anyone in the Arena-Auditorium tonight has or will ever see. The UNLV sophomore hit every shot in sight, going 6-for-6 from the field and 4-of-4 at the free-throw line.
Blog: Wood’s career-high 29 points not enough in 76-71 loss at Wyoming
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014
UNLV's Christian Wood scored a career-high 29 points, including the Rebels' first 19 points of the game, but Larry Nance matched him point for point and the Cowboys used a strong second half and 78.9 percent shooting at the free-throw line to pull out a 76-71 victory to remain undefeated at home. Wyoming improves to (12-2) while UNLV (9-4) drops the first conference game of the season in tough fashion.
Bern’s-Eye View: Forecasting Mountain West Basketball Week 8
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014
The Forecast has been on hiatus on the website for a while, so hopefully you’ve been following along at my Twitter account, @TaylorBern, where I’ve posted every non-UNLV pick against the spread.
Don’t expect UNLV’s New Year’s Eve plans at Wyoming to be pretty
The Rebels (9-3) open Mountain West play on the road in Laramie, where the Cowboys (11-2) are undefeated this season
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014
Limping and wincing from a first-half ankle injury, Wyoming’s Larry Nance Jr. did everything he could the last time he met the UNLV basketball team. Nance hobbled his way to 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in a 48-46 loss, the Rebels’ lowest-scoring victory since 2009.
Vegas Play of the Day: Gonzaga at San Diego
Monday, Dec. 29, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Phoenix Suns at Sacramento Kings
Friday, Dec. 26, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Young Rebels stand up and take down No. 3 Arizona in raucous Mack
Fans rush the court after UNLV bounces back to knock off Wildcats (12-1) for biggest win since North Carolina in 2011
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014
UNLV’s game-defining moment contained no points scored, no rebounds and no steals. In fact, it started with a turnover and ended with a foul by ...
Blog: Rebels pull off big upset, taking down No. 3 Arizona 71-67 at the Mack
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014
Chris Wood scored 16 points in the second half, Rashad Vaughn took over down the stretch and Pat McCaw hit the final two free throws to a secure a 71-67 upset against No. 3 Arizona tonight at the Thomas & Mack Center. It's the biggest UNLV victory since defeating No. 1 North Carolina at the Orleans Arena four years ago.
Plenty to address as Rebels turn their attention to No. 3 Arizona
UNLV is 0-3, all double-digit losses, against the Pac-12 this season, and now the league's best team comes to the Mack for a 7:05 p.m. tip-off
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014
The Rebels are generally a more focused group after losses, UNLV coach Dave Rice has said a few times this year, and that’s a positive as far as avoiding losing streaks. But the fact that ...
Sanchez announces full staff for his first season as UNLV’s football coach
Monday, Dec. 22, 2014
First-year UNLV football coach Tony Sanchez officially announced his complete coaching staff today, filling in the few holes remaining after his press conference and a national radio interview last week. A pair of coaches are coming from ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Boise State vs. Houston in Las Vegas
Monday, Dec. 22, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Rebels shoot their way out of any chance to upset No. 14 Utah at MGM Grand
UNLV's first-ever game on the Strip ends in a 59-46 defeat, in part because the Rebels (7-3) set several season lows on offense
Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
The No. 1 goal for the UNLV basketball team entering the MGM Grand Showcase was to control the defensive glass. No. 14 Utah hadn’t been outrebounded all season and that area, which the Rebels have struggled with for much of the season, figured to be key Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. ...
Blog: UNLV’s offense awful in 59-46 loss to Utah at MGM Grand
Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014
UNLV barely cracked 30 percent shooting on offense and Utah eventually wore down the Rebels at the other end, pulling away in the second half for a 59-46 tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The Rebels fall to 7-3 with No. 3 Arizona coming to the Thomas & Mack Center on Tuesday.
Rebels know what they’re up against in balanced, 14th-ranked Utah
Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014
The question was meant to get responses along the lines of, “We’re excited to play in Las Vegas and in this great venue, the MGM Grand Garden Arena.” And UNLV coach Dave Rice gave that kind of answer, eventually ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Colorado State at Denver
Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with ...
Rebels’ first game on the Strip adds another local venue to their history
Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
That it took this long is a story all to itself, but on Saturday two Las Vegas institutions will finally meet when UNLV basketball plays its first-ever game on the Strip.The Rebels (7-2) are taking on No. 14 Utah (7-2) in the nightcap of the ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course ...
Doolin wills UNLV to overtime victory ahead of key stretch of games
Senior guard takes over to lead 75-73 comeback win against Portland before Rebels gauntlet starts Saturday against No. 14 Utah
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
He could describe exactly what transpired, yet Cody Doolin wasn’t sure it actually happened. “I don’t really remember. Maybe I blacked out,” Doolin said after accurately describing the play that sent UNLV into ...
Blog: Doolin leads UNLV to thrilling 75-73 overtime victory vs. Portland
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
Cody Doolin saved UNLV, twice, and his final drive was the decisive one in a 75-73 overtime victory against Portland that saved UNLV from an ugly loss ahead of a brutal schedule that starts Saturday against No. 13 Utah.
By the numbers: Stats and trends emerging as UNLV hits quarter pole
The Rebels (6-2) return to the Thomas & Mack Center tonight at 7:30 p.m. against Portland (7-2)
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
A quarter of the way into the season, the Rebels (6-2) have a long ways to go to realize their potential. There are, however, many trends starting to emerge, some of them confirming preseason expectations and others offering surprising or inspiring results.
Regents unanimously approve contract for Sanchez as UNLV football coach
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
After a short discussion about his credentials, the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents approved a four-year, $2 million contract for Tony Sanchez to ...
Still a UNLV fan, Birch feels himself getting better in NBA D-League
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
Khem Birch left school a year early to become an undrafted, undersized forward playing in the NBA Developmental League with no guarantees for the future. Or at least that’s one way to view it.
UNLV assistant works long, strange hours to land top recruits
Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014
It’s 5:15 a.m. The rain spits sideways against a rented Nissan Altima that Todd Simon is steering north on Interstate 95 toward New Haven, Conn. The rest of the Rebels flew home from New York the day before, but UNLV ...
McCaw does a little bit of everything in Rebels’ victory against South Dakota
Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014
Pat McCaw can run the point and guard the interior, and his hands are in seemingly every passing lane. The only thing UNLV’s best all-around player hasn’t learned to do is pat himself on the back ...
Blog: Rebels secure nice victory away from home, 75-61 against South Dakota
Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014
Pat McCaw swarmed everywhere around the court, Rashad Vaughn led the team with 18 points and Chris Wood weathered first-half foul trouble to finish strong as the Rebels secured a solid 75-61 victory tonight against South Dakota at the Sanford Pentagon.
Rice promises less patience for Rebels’ mistakes, starting this weekend
Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
Whether the team responds to it properly or not, UNLV coach Dave Rice is talking like a man who plans to enter the meat of the Rebels’ nonconference schedule ...
Sanchez committed to building support system for UNLV football
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
UNLV wanted to try something different with its football program, and with 46 seasons of mostly awful results, that’s understandable. Enter a successful, fiery high school coach ...
Tony Sanchez announced as next UNLV coach; to receive 4-year contract worth $500,000 annually
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
Five days after winning his sixth straight state championship at Bishop Gorman High, Tony Sanchez will officially trade in his blue and orange for scarlet and gray ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Monday Night Football
Monday, Dec. 8, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course ...
End of Rebels’ bench gets into the action during 60-point victory
Friday, Dec. 5, 2014
With a short bench and an overmatched opponent, UNLV's Dantley Walker knew he would play more than his previous high of ...
Blog: UNLV lights up the scoreboard in blowout against St. Katherine
Friday, Dec. 5, 2014
At least half the roster set new career highs in points as the Rebels (5-2) ran away from St. Katherine for a 113-51 victory tonight at the Orleans Arena.
Vegas Play of the Day: Wyoming at SMU
Friday, Dec. 5, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course ...

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