Vegas Seven

Quintrell Thomas

  • 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

  • Rankings Watch

    Up in the Polls

    By Mike Grimala

    This week's national rankings have been released, and UNLV received a modest bump after a perfect 2-0 week on the road. The Rebels (7-1) are now No. 20 in the AP Top 25, and No. 17 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll after moving up one spot in each. UNLV beat Portland, 68-60, on Dec. 4 in the team's first road game of the season, then traveled to Cal and won, 76-75, on a last-second putback from Quintrell Thomas.

  • 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.

  • Ups and Downs


    By Mike Grimala

    It looked like UNLV was in serious trouble on Tuesday night. Playing at Portland without one of the their best players, injured junior Mike Moser, the Rebels struggled through the first 20 minutes and it appeared as though they might actually lose to a Pilots team that entered the game with a 3-4 record. But thanks to a spirited performance from a pair of backcourt stalwarts, along with a frontcourt fill-in, UNLV rallied to secure a hard-fought road win.

  • 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."


    No. 11 UNLV finally tripped up on the road in 68-66 loss to Wyoming

    The lesson this time: You can only flirt with fire for so long on the road before you finally get a bit of a burn. After making enough clutch plays to overcome stretches of poor play last week to land overtime wins at Boise State and Air Force, No. 11 UNLV found itself on the wrong side of one of those nail-biters away from home on Saturday, falling to Wyoming, 68-66, at the Arena-Auditorium.

  • Starting Five

    UNLV, New Mexico meet in must-win situation

    Well, so much for easing into the Mountain West Conference schedule, huh? Just three games into a 14-game league jaunt, and 14th-ranked UNLV already faces a tough scenario: Lose on Saturday, and potentially fall two games out of first place in the league race.

  • Quintrell Thomas (turf toe) able to play Friday vs. Cal

    UNLV junior forward Quintrell Thomas will be able to play Friday night when the Rebels host Cal at the Thomas & Mack Center. Thomas busted out of a month-long slump with a season-high 13 points and seven rebounds in Saturday's 64-48 blowout of Illinois, but then sat Monday's tune-up against Louisiana-Monroe back at the Mack while battling turf toe.