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The Bennett Perspective

Nobody saw it coming—not the fans, not the pundits, probably not even some chief decision-makers in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ organization. And right up to the moment when NBA commissioner David Stern said his name, not even Anthony Bennett saw it coming. Read More

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Anthony Bennett Signs With Cavs

Anthony Bennett sure made the most of his one season at UNLV. The former Runnin’ Rebel had no trouble in the job market, as Bennett officially signed his rookie contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday. According to media reports, the deal for the No. 1 NBA draft pick could be worth as much as $22.8 million over four years. That’s $23.6 million in Canadian dollars, so I fully expect Bennett (a Brampton, Ontario native) to make it rain the next time he hits up a Tim Hortons. Or an Esso Station. Or a Sobeys. (These Canada jokes doing anything for Read More

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The Bennett Effect

Was Anthony Bennett the best player in college basketball this season? The best pro prospect? Maybe. But it shouldn’t have been such a shock to national commentators that the 6-foot-7 UNLV product—who averaged 16 points and 8 rebounds for the Rebels as a freshman after starring at Findlay Prep—was the top pick in an understocked NBA draft on June 27. And it should be no surprise if Bennett has a big impact on his new team, the Cleveland Read More

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Draft Day Here for Bennett, Muhammad

Today is going to be a busy day for a pair of Las Vegas-area basketball products, as both Anthony Bennett and Shabazz Muhammad are certain to hear their names called during the first round of the NBA Draft. Bennett’s wait should be short, as he’s one of the consensus top talents available in the draft and an outside candidate to go first overall. Muhammad will wait a bit longer, as most mock drafts have him pegged anywhere from the top 10 to the Read More

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Anthony Bennett Still Producing for UNLV

Anthony Bennett may have posted his final double-double in a Rebels uniform, but that doesn’t mean he’s done producing for UNLV. As the one-and-done freshman gets set to hear his name called during Thursday’s NBA Draft, the UNLV program and the current coaching staff are just beginning to reap the benefits that come from producing a high-profile lottery talent like Read More

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Birch Set to Debut Against UTEP

After a year on the sideline, Khem Birch is set to make his UNLV debut Monday at UTEP, and it’s hard to say who the wait has been harder on — Birch himself, or the Rebels fans who have been anticipating this day ever since he transferred from Pitt. The 6-foot-9 center comes with high expectations. A former McDonald’s All-American, Birch has elite shot-blocking ability and could transform the UNLV defense. And his arrival comes at an opportune time, as the Rebels frontcourt has been thinned by Mike Moser’s elbow Read More

Words with Fans

Questions and Answers

Hard as it may be to believe, the Rebels (8-1) have already played 30 percent of their regular-season schedule. It’s not early anymore. And from the fans’ perspective, clear storylines have emerged. What are the burning topics at this point in the season? Let’s find out what Rebels Nation has on its mind by taking some questions in this edition of “Words with Fans.” Note: Some questions have been edited to clean up Tweet-speak. WORDS WITH Read More

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Taking Care of Business

Anything less than a dominant, wire-to-wire throttling of Division-III La Verne would have raised eyebrows, but the Rebels took care of business on Thursday, cruising to a 91-44 win. For the second game in a row, Anthony Bennett set a career best in points, pouring in 27 in just 24 minutes. La Verne simply had no one capable of even getting in Bennett’s way, and the Rebels were not shy about exploiting the advantage. UNLV def. La Verne, Read More

What to Watch For

Test Drive

As we covered on Wednesday, UNLV’s matchup with La Verne is basically a mid-season exhibition game. It will count toward the Rebels’ regular-season record, but won’t affect their RPI rating one way or the other. So what do the Rebels stand to gain from playing the Division III school at this point in the season? Let’s take a quick look at some of the Read More

Ups and Downs

Silver Lining

UNLV secured its most impressive win of the season at Cal, but it came with a heavy price. Mike Moser’s elbow injury puts a damper on the victory and makes it tough to celebrate too loudly. He’s one of the Rebels’ most important players, and they’ll need him at full strength in order to go as far as they want to in the postseason. Still, there was plenty to like about the Rebels’ effort on Sunday. Let’s tackle the good and the bad in this edition of “Ups and Downs.” Read More

Rebels Stare Down Injury, Tough Opponent, and Live to Tell the Tale

After a fast start by the California Bears on Dec. 9, UNLV responded like a team beginning to find its identity and pulled out a tough road win, 76-75. Not only could the win be important for the Rebels’ RPI later this season—Cal is one of the favorites in the Pac-12—but it was an important gut-check in front of a hostile crowd. As the Rebels tightened up their defense late in the first half, you could see the confidence of the Cal players start to Read More

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How Elite Is Anthony Bennett?

After Anthony Bennett put up career highs with 25 points and 13 rebounds in a win over Cal on Sunday, UNLV coach Dave Rice was asked just how good his freshman star really is. “He’s pretty good,” said Rice, with a sly smile. I think he’s even better than Read More