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Mike Moser

  • What to Watch For

    Test Drive

    By Mike Grimala

    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 storylines.

  • Ups and Downs

    Silver Lining

    By Mike Grimala

    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." UPS

  • 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 waver.

  • Fast Breakdown

    Q to the Rescue

    By Mike Grimala

    It wasn't secure until the final horn sounded, and it may have come with a very steep price, but the Rebels (7-1) earned their best win of the season on Sunday, knocking off Cal (6-2) on its home court, 76-75. Quintrell Thomas was the last-second hero for UNLV, stalking the baseline, grabbing Anthony Marshall's off-line jumper and laying in the rebound for the go-ahead points with 1.2 seconds remaining. 

  • Over/Under

    Numbers Game

    By Mike Grimala

    The Rebels' tougest test of the season to date comes on Sunday, when they take on a 6-1 Cal team that is looking to make a statement. Cal is projected as one of the top teams in the Pac-12 and a likely NCAA tournament team, but the Golden Bears are coming off a humbling loss at Wisconsin. They figure to come out firing, so UNLV can't afford a slow start like they put forth in Portland.

  • Practice Report

    Moser Limited in Friday Practice

    By Mike Grimala

    The Rebels have won a game without Mike Moser this season, but they certainly don't want to push their luck. The junior forward was a limited participant in Friday's practice, and the team remains hopeful that he'll be able to take the court on Sunday when the Rebels play at Cal. Moser is nursing a strained left hip that kept him from playing at Portland on Tuesday. This was his first action since injuring the hip in the final minutes of the Hawaii game.

  • Fast Breakdown

    Rebels Shake Off Poor First Half, Top Portland

    By Mike Grimala

    The next time someone tries to downplay Mike Moser's importance to the 2012-13 Runnin' Rebels, tell them to pop in a tape of Tuesday night's game at Portland. Without its junior leader, UNLV looked completely lost in the first half. The offense was a wreck — and not even a trainwreck, as that would be too kind. It was more like a shipwreck, sunk to the bottom of the ocean and being picked at by the fish. The Rebels shot 24.2 percent in the first half, with six assists and seven turnovers. They hit just 1-of-15 3-pointers and trailed, 28-22 at the break.

  • Over/Under

    Breaking Down Portland, By the Numbers

    By Mike Grimala

    It's hard to get a read on Tuesday's game at Portland for several reasons, most notably Mike Moser's health. But while his uncertain status may take this game off the boards in Vegas, I'm still forging ahead with a Moser-heavy "Over/Under" preview. (Note: These lines are set by me. For entertainment purposes only.) OVER/UNDER

  • Practice Report

    Moser Misses Practice, Will Be Game-Time Decision

    By Mike Grimala

    Mike Moser was held out of practice for the second straight day on Monday, leaving his status for Tuesday's game at Portland still uncertain. Moser exited Saturday's game against Hawaii with six minutes to play after re-aggravating a left hip strain. The injury had previously sidelined him for several days during the preseason. Moser will test the hip on Tuesday during shootaround and then be a game-time decision, according to Dave Rice. "He's getting treatment," said Rice. "He was evaluated by our medical staff today and he continues to be day-to-day."

  • Fast Breakdown: Rebels hold on to beat Hawaii

    By Mike Grimala

    Throughout the first half, it looked like the Rebels were going to be able to enjoy a nice, leisurely Saturday afternoon. Their offense was clicking, their defense was suffocating, and they stormed out to a 49-27 halftime lead over Hawaii. The second half was a different story, as UNLV had to battle turnovers, poor transition defense and spotty shooting to hold off the Rainbow Warriors, 77-63. UNLV def. Hawaii, 77-63

  • Coming Together

    The preseason talk was of the Rebels potentially having a dominant front line, and the squad's 85-57 victory over UC Irvine on Nov. 28 gave a glimpse of what that might mean. Mike Moser and Anthony Bennett simply took control of the game. Both finished with 19 points, and Moser had nine rebounds while Bennett had six.

  • Not So Fast

    By Mike Grimala

    The core of the Rebels' offensive philosophy is playing up-tempo. They want to be a fast-paced team that devastates its opponents in transition, and the roster is stuffed with players who have the ability to dominate in an open-court setting. So why haven't they been able to kickstart the running game yet? UNLV's best transition performance came on opening night, when they scored 21 fast-break points against Northern Arizona. Here are their transition points, chronologically, in the four games since: 13, 8, 8, 9.

  • Not So Fast

    By Mike Grimala

    The core of the Rebels' offensive philosophy is playing up-tempo. They want to be a fast-paced team that devastates its opponents in transition, and the roster is stuffed with players who have the ability to dominate in an open-court setting. So why haven't they been able to kickstart the running game yet? UNLV's best transition performance came on opening night, when they scored 21 fast-break points against Northern Arizona. Here are their transition points, chronologically, in the four games since: 13, 8, 8, 9.

  • Postgame Reaction

    Rice Calls Offensive Output Best of Season

    By Mike Grimala

    The Rebels could not hide their optimism after taking care of UC-Irvine, 85-57 on Wednesday night at the Mack. There were improvements in many key areas, and the team appears to have regained an air of positivity with back-to-back wins. UNLV def. UC Irvine, 885-57 Box Score

  • Meet the Rebels: Mike Moser

    By Mike Grimala

    RunRebs is profiling every significant player on the UNLV roster in a series we call "Meet the Rebels." Today's focus: junior forward Mike Moser. Last year, Mike Moser was unquestionably the focus of the UNLV offense. Everything the Rebels did revolved around the 6-foot-8 forward in some way, and his statistics reflected that.

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