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UNLV fans showing their true colors at women’s basketball game

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A smattering of UNLV fans can be seen amid Wyoming fans during the first half of the women’s Mountain West Conference tournament basketball game Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at the Thomas & Mack Center.

MWC Tournament - UNLV v. Wyoming

UNLV center Markiell Styles hits the ground after diving for a loose ball against Wyoming during the second half of Tuesday's Mountain West Conference tournament game at the Thomas & Mack Center. Wyoming won the game 60-55. Launch slideshow »

Rebels fans are noticeably missing from the Thomas & Mack Center tonight.

The UNLV women's basketball team is playing Wyoming in the first round of the Mountain West Conference tournament and could have used your help.

Instead, the Lady Rebels are trailing 28-21 at halftime against a Wyoming team they are equally matched against and could probably beat. You might have made a difference.

I know this is only women's basketball. I know the handful of locals who care about the Lady Rebels are probably somewhere in the arena.

But come on, Las Vegas. This is embarrassing. The tournament is in your backyard. The players deserve better.

Just take a lesson from the Wyoming fans, who are making UNLV's home base feel more like Laramie.

They easily are spotted in the school's tough-on-the-eyes colors of yellow and brown. They stand during timeouts and cheer to the school's fight song. It was the same way for New Mexico fans earlier in the day.

Meanwhile, there were fewer than 100 UNLV fans standing during the Rebels' fight song. And that's a generous estimate.

Maybe there are more entertaining things to do in Las Vegas than root on the local university. Maybe I'm trying to make my hometown into a college town.

I should know better. See everyone Thursday night when the UNLV men take the court in the tournament against Utah in a must-win game to reach the NCAA Tournament.

Lon Kruger's team can be thankful they are competitive this year. If not, the fair weather fans wouldn't even bother showing up.

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