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    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.

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    UNLV, SDSU open MWC play with a bang

    UNLV enters Mountain West play as the odds-on favorite to win its first ever outright regular season league title. But getting off on the right foot won't be so easy, as the 12th-ranked Rebels (16-2) tip-off at 1 p.m. Saturday on the road against No. 22 San Diego State (14-2). Here's a closer look at five themes to watch heading into one of the biggest games the Mountain West will see this season.

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    UNLV returns home to face UTEP

    It's one of the games on the schedule that UNLV fans have likely overlooked time and time again, but the Rebels themselves don't quite have that luxury. Sandwiched between high-profile non-conference games against Wisconsin and Illinois is Wednesday's 7 p.m. showdown with UTEP at the Thomas & Mack Center — UNLV's first game on its home floor since Nov. 22.

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    UNLV looks to bounce back against NAIA foe

    For UNLV, it's finally a break, of sorts. It's not the fact that Wednesday night's opponent at the Orleans Arena — Cal State San Marcos — is from the NAIA ranks and in its first year of existence as a program that provides a sigh of relief. It's the fact that the game is being played in Las Vegas.

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    UNLV faces first road test at UCSB

    Yes, UNLV's 90-80 victory over then-No. 1 North Carolina on Saturday night at the Orleans Arena was a big deal. But, remember, there's a whole lot of season left. And that 'whole lot' gets underway on Wednesday night, when the 18th-ranked Rebels (7-0) travel to the coast to take on UC Santa Barbara (4-1), which should have no trouble grabbing UNLV's attention.

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    It’s a battle of styles as UNLV hosts Cal Poly

    Slow. It. Down. That's exactly what Cal Poly will be looking to do to UNLV on Tuesday night when the two meet in a 7:30 p.m. contest at the Thomas & Mack Center. While the Rebels (4-0) have scored at least 90 points in back-to-back games for the first time since late in the 2003-04 season, the Mustangs (2-1) turned some heads on Saturday night in defeating Southern Cal by the odd final score of 42-36.

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    UNLV’s busy stretch continues Sunday against MEAC power Morgan State

    UNLV got its three-games-in-six-days stretch started in the ideal fashion on Thursday night, with a 95-70 blowout of Canisius. It wasn't just the wide margin on the scoreboard that made it a great start to what will, in reality, be a grueling six-week stretch for the Rebels (3-0). It was how smooth seemingly everything went, as UNLV was 33-of-54 from the floor, recording assists on 28 of those makes.

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    UNLV’s marathon stretch begins Thursday against Canisius

    The opponents UNLV will face over the next six days don’t have the name recognition like the ones they'll see over Thanksgiving weekend at the Orleans Arena, but the workload will be far from easy. With Thursday’s 7 p.m. tipoff against Canisius at the Thomas & Mack Center, UNLV begins a stretch of three games in six days, which will provide a true litmus test of where the team's focus and conditioning is at this point of the season.

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    Despite an opening night flop, UNR presents UNLV with a tough test

    It's a rivalry that for the last five years hasn't really been much of one. The in-state series between UNLV and Nevada-Reno has been completely one-sided the last five years. If UNR is going to change that trend on Monday night, it will take a performance that is the complete opposite of what it showed Friday night in a season-opening stunner. While the short-handed Rebels (1-0) were dispatching Grand Canyon with relative ease, the Wolf Pack suffered a 68-46 loss at home to Missouri State, who returned just one starter from a year ago.

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    Short-handed UNLV opens against Division II Grand Canyon

    Well, all of a sudden, this one looks pretty interesting, huh? When UNLV's 2011-12 schedule was released over the summer, some may have rolled their eyes at the thought of a regular-season opener against Division II Grand Canyon. However, a pair of suspensions (Anthony Marshall and Chace Stanback), a significant early-season injury (Carlos Lopez) and playing the waiting game with a mid-season transfer from a year ago (Reggie Smith) leaves first-year UNLV coach Dave Rice with an unexpectedly thin rotation for today’s 7 p.m. contest at the Thomas & Mack Center.

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