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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

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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

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Rebels Looking to Tinker Against La Verne

What do we know about La Verne? Enough to realize that Thursday’s matchup at the Orleans Arena is little more than a mid-season tuneup. No offense to the fine students, faculty and administrators of La Verne, but don’t expect much of a challenge from the Leopards. La Verne is a Division III school that has MIT and Cal-Tech on the schedule, so while they may be able to best the Rebels in a robotics competition, I doubt they have a formula for stopping Anthony Read More

Morant, Cook to redshirt

Coach Dave Rice announced after Saturday’s practice that freshmen Demetris Morant and Daquan Cook will redshirt this year. Morant had been a candidate to redshirt since the start of practice last month, and he’s been part of the scout team for the past two weeks. The raw but athletic 6-foot-9 forward would have faced a logjam in the frontcourt this season, and the extra year should give him a chance to refine his Read More

Bennett, newcomers impress in practice

Monday’s UNLV practice was closed to the media, but according the coach Dave Rice, the session was heavy on 5-on-5 scrimmages and was once again focused on pushing the pace. Speed has been a common theme through the first handful of practices, with Rice trying to get his players to completely buy into an up-tempo, running attack. Read More

Rebels push the pace in second practice

The pace was fast and the intensity level was high during UNLV’s practice on Saturday, as second-year coach Dave Rice continued to emphasize the importance of playing with tempo. Many of the drills were of the end-to-end variety, and the players were forced to push through the early-season fatigue. Read More