• UNLV is 2-0 against Pac-12 competition this season, with a 66-55 victory over USC at the Orleans Arena and an 85-68 home victory over Cal on its résumé. Even though Colorado is a first-year member of the expanded league, that affiliation carries a special meaning with some Rebels.
“Being from the Pac-12, looking at the schedule this year, that was one of my goals, to not lose to any Pac-12 teams,” said Moser, a UCLA transfer. “So far, so good. Hopefully I can make it a third on Thursday.”
• If UNLV does by chance get a meeting with three-seed Baylor on Saturday, it will include an interesting local storyline with Bears junior point guard Pierre Jackson. The former Desert Pines High standout had a major impact in his first season at Baylor following a great two-year run at College of Southern Idaho. Jackson averaged 13.3 points and 5.8 assists for the 27-7 Bears, and was heavily recruited last season by Kruger and his staff before they left to take the job at Oklahoma.
“Right now I’m trying just to focus on Colorado, but at the same time, it’ll be something special,” said Marshall, a Mojave High product from Jackson’s graduating class who faced him several times in high school. “Anytime you have a chance to get two Vegas natives against each other in a game of that magnitude, it’ll be very special.”
Marshall said he and Jackson have played against each other since they were little kids in a rec league at the Doolittle Community Center.
• To request tickets for UNLV’s NCAA tournament games in Albuquerque, visit unlvrebels.com.
• UNLV is listed as a 4.5 or five-point favorite in sports books around the Vegas valley.
• UNLV hasn’t faced Colorado since Dec. 22, 1981, and holds a 4-1 all-time advantage in the series.
• The Rebels have not played an NCAA tournament game in the Pacific or Mountain time zones since winning the West regional in Seattle on March 23, 1991.
• Colorado played three games against Mountain West competition this season, going 1-2. They included a narrow 76-73 win at Air Force on Nov. 23 and losses at Colorado State (65-64 on Nov. 30) and at Wyoming (65-54 on Dec. 9).