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UNLV IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

  • UNLV IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

    Stunned Again: Rebels dumped in third straight NCAA opener, Colorado moves on, 68-64

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Another year, another unexpectedly early locker room scene with blank faces, towels over heads and questions floating in the air. What if UNLV hadn't missed so many 3-pointers in the opening minutes? What if the Rebels had found a way to utilize their size advantage and control the glass better in the game's first 30 minutes? What if Justin Hawkins' late corner trey attempt had gone in, tying the game rather than rimming out and setting up Carlon Brown's game-clinching slam in transition?

  • UNLV IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

    Fomer UNLV recruits Carlon Brown, Spencer Dinwiddie lead Colorado into NCAA tournament battle with Rebels

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — As a high school senior, Carlon Brown had all but made up his mind. He was going to choose to play his college basketball at UNLV instead of Utah. All the bouncy 6-foot-5 Riverside, Calif., native wanted to do was check out the campus. Former Rebels coach Lon Kruger and his staff had worked Brown hard for months, he felt comfortable with everything he'd heard about UNLV, and now just needed to check it out in person before setting a decision in stone.

  • UNLV IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

    Starting Five: A closer look at what to watch for when UNLV meets Colorado

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Here is a closer look at five themes to watch Thursday night, when 6-seed UNLV takes on 11-seed Colorado at 7 p.m. at The Pit in Albuquerque, N.M. 1) It starts and ends with Carlon Brown ... and his right hand. Colorado leading scorer Carlon Brown is no stranger to UNLV's core group of veterans, having played three seasons at Utah before leaving at the end of the 2009-10 season for a better opportunity.

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    Rebels head to Albuquerque motivated by recent NCAA tournament shortcomings

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Just a quick mention of last year's NCAA tournament loss to Illinois, and Oscar Bellfield lets out a brief laugh. Anthony Marshall offers a sly smile and shakes his head. But don't let the instant reactions of the UNLV veterans who experienced the horror late last March in Tulsa, Okla., fool you. The embarrassment of that night still lingers, and they'll tell you they're bringing those sour memories to Albuquerque this weekend in their quest for postseason redemption.

  • UNLV IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

    Rebels head to Albuquerque motivated by recent NCAA tournament shortcomings

    Just a quick mention of last year's NCAA tournament loss to Illinois, and Oscar Bellfield lets out a brief laugh. Anthony Marshall lets out a sly smile and shakes his head. But don't let the instant reactions of the UNLV veterans who experienced the horror late last March in Tulsa, Okla., fool you. The embarrassment of that night still lingers, and they'll tell you they're bringing those sour memories to Albuquerque this weekend in their quest for postseason redemption.

  • UNLV IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

    Positive news finds UNLV on Selection Sunday, as Rebels draw six-seed

    The feeling in the air was just different this time around. Two years ago, when UNLV was announced as an eight-seed in the NCAA tournament, the Rebels were just happy to be in the field of 68 at all. Last year, when the eight-seed was handed to the Rebels again, they felt they deserved better, and the celebration was rather muted. On Sunday, they earned a six-seed in the South region — their highest since earning a one-seed in 1991 — and the appreciation was visible on the players' faces within a second.

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