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UNLV forward Quintrell Thomas rests his head in his hand in the locker room after their 64-61 loss to Cal during their second round game at the NCAA Basketball Tournament Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.

Updated Thursday, March 21, 2013 | 7:15 p.m.

NCAA Tournament - UNLV vs. Cal

UNLV forward Anthony Bennett is interviewed in the locker room after their 64-61 loss to Cal during their second round game at the NCAA Basketball Tournament Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Launch slideshow »

UNLV 2013 NCAA Tournament Practice

The UNLV basketball team has their photo taken by UNLV photographer R. Marsh Starks before practice for their second round NCAA Tournament game against Cal Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Launch slideshow »

Cal 64, UNLV 61

Game over

UNLV is out of the NCAA Tournament in the Round of 64 for the fourth consecutive season after losing 64-61 to Cal on Thursday evening in the HP Pavilion. The Rebels finished the year 25-10.

Cal's Allen Crabbe scored 19 points in a dominant performance that was nearly as hard as it should have been. The UNLV defense didn't challenge him coming off of screens, instead trailing him as he went straight to the basket. And Golden Bears big man Robert Thurman went 6-for-7 from the field, all of them dunks. UNLV's apparent advantage inside was nowhere to be found against Cal's zone.

Anthony Marshall and Justin Hawkins end their careers 0-4 in NCAA Tournaments, after the Rebels went more than 11 minutes without scoring a field goal against Cal. First-time tournament participants Katin Reinhardt and Bryce Dejean-Jones were a combined 9-for-29.

The Rebels never really challenged for the game in the second half despite Cal giving them every opportunity. Legitimate gripes aside — the should have been called foul with 6 seconds left that wasn't called until there were less than two — UNLV has only itself to blame. The Rebels didn't play well enough to win.

The Mountain West is now 0-2 in this year's tournament and No. 5 seeds are 0-2 in San Jose alone as Oregon picked off Oklahoma State earlier in the day.

Check lasvegassun.com later tonight for a full recap from tonight's season-ending loss.

Cal 50, UNLV 43

7:33 remaining in the second half

This is it, for the Rebels. There's enough time left in the game for it to go either way, but there won't be for long. If UNLV is going to have any chance to advance out of the Round of 64 for the first time since 2008, it has to do something right now.

The Rebels can't wait. They can't hope Cal gives it away, because it doesn't look like the Golden Bears will. This is on UNLV and how much its players are willing to do to actually win this game. Because so far, it hasn't been nearly enough.

UNLV hasn't scored in more than nine minutes, going 0-for-12 during that stretch. This is the season, right here, and we're going to find out how much the Rebels seem to care about that.

Cal 41, UNLV 37

15:49 remaining in the second half

UNLV didn't learn from its bad start in the first half and again came out flat to start the second half. Cal went on a 9-3 run this time before UNLV coach Dave Rice's timeout to stop the run.

Cal's Allen Crabbe already has 10 points this half and he hasn't had to work particularly hard to get them. His first two buckets were off identical plays where he came from the baseline off one screen and made a play in the lane. With Bryce Dejean-Jones only trailing it was an easy path to the rim for Crabbe. Now that he's hot, UNLV could be in some big trouble.

UNLV 28, Cal 28

Halftime

Bryce Dejean-Jones has 10 points and UNLV overcame a quick 7-0 deficit to lead most of the first half before going into halftime tied at 28 with Cal in the HP Pavilion.

Dejean-Jones and Katin Reinhardt attempted 19 of the team's 32 shot attempts. Reinhardt is 3-for-10 and Anthony Bennett has three points. Khem Birch, who wasn't yet eligible in the first game, has four blocks.

Depite having a clear advantage in the front court, UNLV trails points in the paint 16-10. Against Cal's zone the Rebels have attempted 11 3-pointers, eight of them from Dejean-Jones/Reinhardt, while attacking drives to the rim have been few and far between.

It's a tie game so everything is still out there for the Rebels to take. And they're shooting well enough from 3 — 5-for-11 — to justify some more shots out there. The problem is that if they don't fall and the Rebels fall behind, their MO says they'll just shoot more and more of them to try to dig themselves out of a hole. That's what Cal's counting on.

In order to avoid that situation UNLV needs to up its percentage of drives to the basket (looking at you, Anthony Marshall) and try to get Bennett going. He showed in the Mountain West tournament that when he's on, points come easy. Why he hasn't been more assertive is something the Rebels need to figure out at halftime.

UNLV 17, Cal 14

7:41 remaining in the first half

The Rebels have recovered nicely since starting the game down 7-0, but it's important to note nearly every point has come off an isolation play. With a couple of exceptions, UNLV's offense is getting the ball to the wing and clearing out.

If Bryce Dejean-Jones (10 points) keeps shooting jumpers like he has so far that could be enough. After all, it's not like that hasn't been a predominant part of UNLV's offense all season. It just seems more excessive today, probably because Cal has played exclusively zone defense.

Also of note: Cal's Allen Crabbe is back in the game with two fouls.

Cal 9, UNLV 8

15:25 remaining in the first half

I'll never say a team or its fans should panic after only the first few minutes of a game, but there's a lot to be worried about in the way UNLV is playing thus far.

Now, the Rebels are only down one, but early on they seem content to shoot over Cal's zone defense instead of trying to pick it apart inside. They Rebels have hit a couple of 3s but I guarantee you Cal coach Mike Montgomery would be OK taking that trade-off. If UNLV hits them, great, but Cal is betting they won't.

After one deep 3 fell for UNLV, the Golden Bears countered with an alley-oop dunk. The point is one is a much higher percentage shot and shows that you know how to move the defense away from where you want them. The other is a 3.

There are a lot of similarities between the point guards in today’s Round of 64 game. In fact, both UNLV’s Anthony Marshall and Cal’s Justin Cobbs are probably miscast with that title.

Combo guard is closer and in an ideal world both probably would have spent this season playing primarily shooting guard. That’s not what their teams needed, though, so when the teams tip-off today at 4:27 p.m. on truTV both guys will bring the ball up the court — one of them for the last time this season — and try to once more lead their team to a victory. They may not be exactly fit for the role but both guys have played very well this season as they searched for the right balance between passing and scoring.

If things go UNLV’s way the game should be decided in the paint. If Cal controls the pace it could be a more guard-oriented battle, making the Cobbs-Marshall back and forth all the more important.

I don’t need to tell you Marshall is 0-3 in NCAA Tournament games (though I guess I just did, didn’t I). Cobbs is winless, too, though the junior’s losses are split between two schools. When he was a freshman at Minnesota the Golden Gophers lost to Xavier and last year Cal lost to South Florida.

By virtue of their positions, one of them is likely going to have the ball in their hands when the final seconds tick off. It will be a big moment in their lives made possible by what they do in the 40 minutes leading up to it.

Like I said, UNLV has a chance to run away with the game because of its inside play. But after watching another year of road struggles after the neutral no-show in the first half of last year’s NCAA Tournament, would anyone really be surprised if this comes down to the wire?

The answer is no. And with his habit of taking the final shot would anyone be surprised to see UNLV’s season come down to Marshall’s decision-making? That’s very possible, and how comfortable you are with that says a lot about how enjoyable or frustrating this season has been for you.

THE OTHER SIDE

Cal projected lineup

G — Justin Cobbs, 6-3, Jr, 15.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.8 apg

G — Tyrone Wallace, 6-4, Fr, 7.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 22.5 3fg%

G — Allen Crabbe, 6-6, Jr, 18.7 ppg, 6 rpg, 1.1 spg

F — David Kravish, 6-9, So, 8.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.7 bpg

F — Richard Solomon, 6-10, Jr, 8.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.7 topg

Sixth man — G, Ricky Kreklow, 6-6, So, 4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2 apg

Last meeting: Quintrell Thomas grabbed an offensive rebound and converted an and-one layup in the final seconds for a 76-75 victory on Dec. 9.

NCAA Tournament results

Cal — 19-17, won title in 1959

UNLV — 33-18, won title in 1990

Kenpom line: UNLV -3

Vegas line: UNLV -3.5

Bern’s pick: UNLV 69, Cal 66

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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  1. How about learning to run a half court set? Have not been able to do it during the season, during the Mountain West Tourney and now NCAA Tourney.

    Ego play right now - from gunning from NBA range to dunks not made. Someone needs to Coach them up. Sorry that it is not happening on the bench right now. Hope their athletic play bails them out.

  2. Out coached again

  3. The NCAA should do us a favor and send UNLV to the NIT where we belong. UNLV is doing what it has done for years, gets everyones hopes up and then falls flat - one and done at this rate.

  4. The One and Done, Runnin Rebels.

  5. What a shame. All that talent and not knowing how to use it

  6. Beat ourselves again.

  7. Wonderful coaching Dave Rice. the best defensive player in the MWC, a McDonald's high school all american, who has 4 blocks in the first half, doesn't see the floor in the second half all while Cal's big men are dunking all over us time and time again.

  8. Wow, embarrassingly out coached again. If the Vegas media had any integrity, it would call out Coach Rice for the team's inability to finish about the rim, the guards refusal to pass the ball into the post, not posting a man in the high post to break down the zone, etc. etc. etc. Once again, the TV commentary breaks down why the Rebels are a terribly coached team.

  9. different year, same results. i feel like i'm watching a taped rerun of UNLV every year. this team shows no improvement from season to season.

  10. LOL its so fun to watch clueless Rebel fans year after year think they have a shot only to somehow (a FIVE seed? LOL yarite) get to the tournament and completely fail. This school will never be relevant again on the national scene, UNLV is the kid in the lunchroom repeatedly turned away from the "cool kids" table. VIVA CAL!!!

  11. THUD.

  12. Where the F was Birch in the second half? Nice coaching Dave!

  13. A cerebral, well coached team will beat a more talented, not-so-cerebral and poorly coached team pretty much every time. What a big disappointment Dave Rice has been and what a big disappointment the Rebels outside shooting has been the last 2 years. Terrible shooters and for some reason the coach didn't realize it...Very disappointed Rebel fan!

  14. out hustled..out played...out coached!

  15. Watch any time out with a leading team- the Coaching Staff gets together away from the team - makes a decision jointly. UNLV has Augmon and Justin not saying a thing. All while Rice is looking at Slick Asst Coach who never won at Wyoming for advice? Dave - you do not have enough experience under your belt to beat an experienced Coach.
    I know having Justin as a recruiter is big. Augmon gives that NBA experience. So why would you not get an cagy old experienced Coach for sage Strategy advice?

    Miss a free throw???? Nah - never crossed our minds. Let the spin cycle start at UNLV for this basketball season - a ton of talent with no results? Veteran Coaches beat up on Rice - Dana Altman, Steve Alford, Mike Montgomery and mainly a game away from the Thomas & Mack.

    There will be a Khem excuse somehow afterwards. Sorry this is making UNLV an overhyped team - more style from the past than substance once again. This was supposed to improve over Lon, yet while the car looks really sharp and fast - it does not have an engine to run on.

    Clearly - when announcers are asking why you are not fouling - sorry something is wrong. Crabbe is the NBA First Rounder - Bennett did not show it and sadly if Coached up better he would have been a star - instead of a what if?

  16. Out coached, Out played, Out hustled. I said it a long time ago UNLV was a one and done team. UNLV needs a coach. I can't wait to read the lame excuses, especially from Phillips.

  17. Calling out philips1990702, Rebels' biggest homer. What's the excuse now?

  18. Thank God I have a Sams Club size bottle of vodka.

  19. Formula: pass, pass, dribble, pass, pass, dribble, chuck from NBA three

  20. Outcoached, outhustled, outworked. No heart, no basketball IQ, no sense of urgency. This is embarassing and frustrating. Fans can take losing as long as the players and coaches tried hard enough to win it. But to lose like this.....

  21. Rebels overrated all year long--prove that tonight.

  22. after two years dave rice still doesn't know how to penetrate the zone.

  23. Can't wait to hear the homer James P Reza spin this one.

  24. Hey there's always UNLV football....right?

  25. Maybe next year we can emphasize fundamentals and strategy, rather than style of play? just a thought

  26. I really thought with Rice coming in there would be an improvement in offensive strategy and sets over the Kruger staff...HA! Boy was I wrong. Dave 'fast break 3' Rice. What a joke.
    What Cal developed from the first meeting with UNLV was defense. Pretty apparent UNLV did not(see Thurman dunks).
    Whoever takes a shot at Bennett in the draft better have some tough defense already because he is a Total Liability on the defensive end.
    Did anyone know where Anthony Marshall was during the game tonight? For all that talk about focus and desire you sure would think he would press the issue a little more. Looked pretty uninspired out there to me.
    Just wonder what excuses Rice will have tonight.
    And what will the excuses be next year after they underachieve?
    Maybe Dave Rice can attend some coaching camps.
    What a waste of talent!

  27. Looks like TeamSG1 nailed it with this comment here: http://postimg.org/image/8r8uzwkfb/

    That was in response to Reza's typical "Go Rebels! Peak in March!"

    LOL.

    Now we enter the blame game. Coach Rice, tag, you're it!

  28. Whaaaat? no comment by PHILLIPS defending Rice? If you choose to accept mediocracy then the Rebels had a good season. If youv'e been a rebel fan back when they played at the convention center then you are in disgust that Dave Rice was hired to coach this team. I will not not be purchasing season tickets next year.I hope you can sleep at night Livengood knowing you hired the WRONG man to do the job.

  29. Absolutely embarassing!

  30. Where in the heck is Phillips1990702 sharing his lame excuses. I wonder if he is trying to get a refund for his flight ticket to The Final Four. LOL

  31. @blueandgold. that just sums up Anthony Marshall's career at UNLV. A good player but just not great. he will be missed but he, like UNLV never lived up to their potential and were just mediocre. i really thought that Marshall was going to be able to help this team with his leadership and experience this year, and at times he did, just couldn't really do it when it counted the most.

  32. Livengod ,,,, Fired , Rice ,,,,, Fired. I now truly believe that Rice has a touch of,,,,,, and a heavy touch at that, down syndrome basketball IQ.

  33. i stil think that Rice should just where a bluetooth ear piece and have Tark coach him from the stands. Either that or maybe Rice can shadow Coach K, Izzo, or even Brad Stevens this summer to figure out how to coach.
    because it's clear that Rice has NO idea what he is doing.

    as for Bennett, he may want to consider sticking around another year because he is not as good as everyone thought he was going to be. lazy on defense, doesn't show up in big games, poor post play, and lacks heart. all things you need at the next level.

  34. Hey guys, Duke lost in the first round last year too. World-class teams deal with this every once in a while.

  35. Oh where oh where has the lil phillips gone, oh where oh where could he be, Is he crying in his milk with his cookies all gone oh where oh where could he be ?

  36. HOLY cow. It's amazing that this is even this close. UNLV was just standing there picking there nose the whole time. One guys sets a screen and then they make like 3 passes for a wide open 3. Everyone else is watching. They have no half court game. And CDR, calls these timeouts at the stupidest of times. Bern, will you please write on article on how bad CDR has been these two years. Fire him or hire Greg Anthony as an assistant. I wonder if Dave Rice even cares if his team wins or not. He makes no adjustments whatsoever. None. Period. He just stands there and does nothing. Ill take Mike D'Antonio over CDR. Mike Montgomery is not a great in-game coach by any means, yet he still outcoached CDR. The announcers are saying it. We are saying it. So, who is more likely to be wrong? Dozens of people or CDR? I'd take the dozens of people any day of the week. CDR's offense is really 3 on 5, 2 not doing anything whatsoever. The motto of CDR should be :two guys watching at all times". We need to ship him to the Big West. He can coach his ass of at UC Riveriside, but not at this elite program (or what use to be elite). CDR has the best half court offense in the world. 2 guys watching at all times, I love it. LOVE IT!!!!!!! Give him an exentison! What a marvelous coach! I mean, it's not like he can make them execute, but still. No, Reggie Theus is not the answer, but still. CDR sucks. He has no idea of what he is doing. I think I got this figured out now. He asks everyone for help. When his son was on my middle school team (I was the student manager), he son was asking for the players, the coaches, and my input. Why? He has no idea what he is doing. Oh, and By the Way, Justin Huston is gone after this year, he's a candidate for the CSUN job AFAIK.

  37. "Hey guys, Duke lost in the first round last year too. World-class teams deal with this every once in a while." it's happened four years in a row, sir. Two years, they lost to a double digit seed.

  38. @HoosierBoy, I'm sure he will tell fans how bandwagon they are and he is the real deal fan. Everyone sees how mediocre at times the plays they run and how uninspired the players are. But he sees things in a different way. I love the Rebels, but don't want to put up with this kind of effort, hustle and coaching. No improvement in 2 years. It's not about the outcome, but the way how the game came to that point.
    @mj20, Anthony Marshall is a good player but just doesn't have "it" as a calming presence and a leader. Fans have to take the bad as well as the good from him. but he is not the leader this team needs and the basketball IQ that comes with it.

  39. "i stil think that Rice should just where a bluetooth ear piece and have Tark coach him from the stands" he'd get a technical for that, BTW. I know you are kidding.

  40. " Anthony Marshall is a good player but just doesn't have "it" as a calming presence and a leader. Fans have to take the bad as well as the good from him. but he is not the leader this team needs and the basketball IQ that comes with it." Really, don't blame AM, he got UNLV back in the game that it is amazing it was even close. He is my favorite Rebel ever. Blame everyone else, but not AM and for his decent effort tonight, BDJ. Everyone else needs to lose their scholarship save maybe Reinhardt.

  41. Agreed 100% mj20. Pretty obvious when he has a wide open 12 ft shot and passes the ball out that he is mentally not in the game. Great kid and great athlete. Just can't make it happen when the Rebs need it the most.
    Not really sure that next year will be much different. I do think that the Rebs will be more hard-nosed. More playing time for Goodman(hopefully improves), throw in Roscoe Smith(not really sure how he'll be). Hopefully DeVille Smith has some toughness and swagger. Like BDJ's game. Katin needs to increase his basketball IQ big time and learn how to play better D.
    Khem is going to have be very consistent next year. We will have him, Lopez(maybe), Chris Wood, and Demetris Morant for the 4 and 5. Need to develop some toughness with that group.

  42. "Agreed 100% mj20. Pretty obvious when he has a wide open 12 ft shot and passes the ball out that he is mentally not in the game. Great kid and great athlete. Just can't make it happen when the Rebs need it the most.
    Not really sure that next year will be much different. I do think that the Rebs will be more hard-nosed. More playing time for Goodman(hopefully improves), throw in Roscoe Smith(not really sure how he'll be). Hopefully DeVille Smith has some toughness and swagger. Like BDJ's game. Katin needs to increase his basketball IQ big time and learn how to play better D.
    Khem is going to have be very consistent next year. We will have him, Lopez(maybe), Chris Wood, and Demetris Morant for the 4 and 5. Need to develop some toughness with that group."
    Means squat if they are choosing to stand around and watch and do nothing.

  43. pathetic.........Rice either has no idea how to coach against a zone or his players don't listen to him. Bennett.....that kid couldn't defend his moms honor much less a college player. he just buckles under the double team and has no toughness what-so-ever. hope he does leave... he'll just sit on the bench for a couple years anyways, but thats what he wants to do...make money while riding the pine pony....kid has no HEART!!!! just like alot of the others on this team.

  44. I'll take Runnin Rebels for A thousand Alex,,, answer,,, the most embarrasing coach ever in UNLV history ,, uhhhhh , who is Dave Rice? ,,,, ding ding ding right you are kenny for a thousand.

  45. Rice will just make excuses and praise cal about how hard they played and how good they were. problem is sometimes you need to call players out to make examples of them and to help them improve mentally and physically. i hope the rumors about players showing up late or not at all for practices were not true. if they are shame on him and the coaching staff for allowing it.

  46. "Rice either has no idea how to coach against a zone or his players don't listen to him." bingo

  47. Thanks YE. You really clarified that for everyone.

  48. As someone born and raised in LV who will rep Vegas till the day I die NO MATTER WHAT, I'm disgusted and embarrassed. How much longer are we gonna put up with this? No "good game guys great effort" or "lets wait till next week when the games matter." Done. A disappointing end to a disgraceful season. I could care a less about katin reinhardts customary, post loss tweets about how bad he feels. Just stop with the bs. Shoot 1000 shots a day for the next 8 months and let that show how sorry you are come in and kill it next year. I'm sick and tired of this. Apparently your into post loss slushies katin seemed like you enjoyed taco bell go try sonic tweet about it let me know how it is for all i care at this point. Something needs to change, I don't know where. I don't know if it's rice. Whatever it is the AD needs to figure it out cause next year, RAF donations and season ticket sales are going to go south. Ill speak for myself but I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way.

    Disgusted, die hard Las Vegas born and raised unlv fan.

  49. Anyone want to defend Dave Rice now? Come on, that was pathetic.

  50. The only good thing about this game was that it was Bennett's last game as a Rebel. Take your prima-donna lazy ass to NBA, and please do not even think about staying for another year. Between Rice's clueless coaching and Bennett's complete lack of heart, desire, effort, IQ, this team was doomed from the get go ... What a joke! The entire team should be ashamed of themselves....

  51. This was the worst display the Rebs had all year. I have been biting my tongue about Dave Rice for the last two years, but enough is enough. How can you have this much talent and continue to lose in big games? The Rebs look like they are playing one on one the majority of the game and especially when things get tight. That falls completely on the coach! This is you team Rice, not the five star recruit or four star recruit that you bring into the program. You let these KIDS run all over you. I saw it first hand when I drove to Colorado Springs for the Air Force game. This will be the same result each year until you let these kids know that you are in charge. You have to stop being so passive, or at least have someone on your bench that wants to be an authority figure.

  52. Hilarious stuff. Now we get to hear homers with the stories of:

    1) How they'll build on next season.
    2) How this was a learning experience.
    3) [Insert Player Here] is coming to UNLV and will make a big difference!!

    James Reza (who probably has never played a sport in his life) will be the first on here from his Downtown loft sipping on a latte calling everyone a troll.

    At some point, don't you guys get it? It's like Groundhog Day Part 2 here, and the media and fans just go rabid for a program that has no substance.

  53. Dump Rice!!!!! He's a great recruiter but has no clue what to do with his team's talent! You would think such a good scholar could've picked up some coaching knowledge from Tark. If we had one of New Mexico's, SD State's, Colorado State's or Cal's coaches, it would be Sweet 16 or higher! Get someone who can teach the players the proper way to play this game!

  54. Once again, I'm going to go back and watch the 1990 UNLV/Duke championship game again to end the season. Always have to have something to make myself feel better about yet another disappointing current UNLV season. UNLV Rebel fans will always be stuck in the 80s and 90s. And yes I called us the UNLV Rebels. I refuse to call us the Runnin' Rebels anymore. There is no Runnin' about this team despite Rice's BS "Lets Run" and "Run as One" campaigns.

    Still waiting to hear from James P Reza.

  55. Honestly, what is Rice good for anymore? He can't coach, that's obvious. And his recruiting dropped off severely from last year. We went from having the #7 recruiting class in the nation to not even being ranked in the top 50 for next season. Rice basically recruited a Kruger type class next year. A bunch of 3-4 star transfers, 3 star high school kids, and a cast off former McDonalds All American that is now going to be playing for his 4th different team.

  56. WOW!!! What an amazing time that was. I vote that next year the Rebels just skip the tourney and stay home. Would be less embarrassing then going 0-5 in the tourney.

    On a side note, where are all the side line coaches who said how easy it was to beat a zone defense. You guys got schooled. Just lucky that you never got a chance to see 'Cuse, now that would have been a slaughter.

    How about that amazing MWC as a whole.. Great showing! hahaha

  57. "We went from having the #7 recruiting class in the nation to not even being ranked in the top 50 for next season. Rice basically recruited a Kruger type class next year. A bunch of 3-4 star transfers, 3 star high school kids, and a cast off former McDonalds All American that is now going to be playing for his 4th different team." Umm we have the #7 and #20th best Juco players plus a 4/5 star recruit coming in. R. Smith has championship experience.

  58. When I went to the Fresno game at the end of the regular season, I saw a team with no desire, no hustle and no discipline. I saw pretty much the same thing today. I take no joy in saying any of this, but it is painfully obvious. When I filled out my basketball bracket, literally the first pick I made was California in this game. Before the tournament seedings were even announced I advised any of my friends who were betting the UNLV game to make a money line bet on their opponent regardless of who it was or where the game was being played. I was that sure this team would fold, and fold early. It was the closest thing to a sure bet in the entire tournament.

    Coaching is severely lacking.

  59. * - The team needs an EGO check. They have acted like they are IT all season - don't win the regular season, don't win the Conference Tourney at home, struggle on the road as a target game for any team and then out tonite. Rice needs to grab their UNLV new NIKE gear and burn it.
    * - Players need to stop being in Media campaigns and talking to the likes of Chris Matthius like they are stars. Sorry you are not. You come in with potential and that is it.
    * Dave Rice is going to stay - but he needs to get a strategy guy that is proven on his bench - now! Mike Peck of Findlay would be better than slick Wyoming Sun Tan Asst Coach. He does not know how to Coach in the half court. Which means setting up screens and not just whipping the ball around the perimeter. Go see Bo Ryan or frankly any Big 10 team - you might not like it as Runnin Rebel Basketball. Fact is Izzo wins and you have not. Rebels have also been about defense, if they can not stop a guy from getting to the paint - play zone. If you can not Coach in the final minutes - get help from a Coach who can take over this aspect.
    * Get a real point guard. Go to a JC and get a real leader. One who looked alot like that kid from Desert Pines who is playing for Baylor. This taking a kid from another school stuff has led to many of the same type of players. Get a kid who won the JC National Championship, tell Cook to hit the Road - problem solved. No PG will kill this team every time.

    Sorry you can not act like you are a real star - when you have yet to earn anything. So far he has allowed this to happen. They are not Jimmer, there is no Tough Greg Anthony - so you must Coach them up instead of just rolling the ball out. Bennett could have went to Oregon - do you think he would be standing around under used under their Coach? The Coaching was not there for him to shine. Period.

  60. About that Syracuse game phillips .... You idiot! Told you stop runnning your mouth about Syracuse!

    And for the fool who compares this to Duke's loss last year .. For Duke it is an anomaly. For us, FOUR YEARS AND COUNTING ...

    Could not agree more with poster who observed that the players run Coach Rice rather than the other way around! You are getting paid the big bucks Rice, impose YOUR WILL on the players. MAKE THEM play your system or else!!!

    Thoroughly disgusted and unwilling to accept mediocrity!!!

  61. Disappointing, 3 things stick out like a sore thumb.
    1st possession of the game someone passed the ball to Bennett did he attack the basket? No, he took 1 or 2 steps backward to jack up a missed 3.
    Dunk Dunk Dunk, How many dunks did Cal have? It seamed like every other possession.
    The last one will probably be on sports center, about 35 seconds left in the game & Cal was at the free throw line with nobody in the lane, the kid misses & the Rebels didn't get the rebound.

  62. Finally the nonsense is done. Rice is a glorified cheerleader not a head coach he will never get in a players face he's ridiculous as we all know. Good recruiter terrible coach. Now back to this NBA talk you have all been talking all along while I've lmfao. Marshall isn't good enough to serve water in the D league along with Moser who may be able to serve water but not towels. Mr Bennett better stay at least 2 more years prob 3 otherwise he will be chewed up very quickly on the big stage. What was he doing at the top of the key the whole 1st half? I blame most of that on Rice but c'mon. The beat goes on but soon enough no one worth anything will be coming here if next year is a repeat.

  63. Seriously now...we beat Cal once, we lost to them once. We don't have a losing record against Cal this season so chill out.

    And we smacked the h-e-double hockey sticks out of Jacksonville State and UC Irvine earlier in the year, not to mention beating the Tar Heels in 2011.

    A little perspective, please.

  64. Coming from someone who's teaching today's youth and ranks last in the country...hmmmmmmm

  65. Everyone I talked with before the game knew the outcome long before the final buzzer. Knowing all along it is about coaching, about Offensive performance, making adjustments as the game goes on.

    But we all knew there would be poor offensive plays, and definitely no adjustments from the coaching staff, mainly from coach Rice, to counter Cal's outside shooting.

    As long as coach Rice continue to shoot 3's and play for one shot each time down the court, the Rebel will continue to decline. And sadly, the Rebel will be beating not on the court, but, by the decisions coming from the coaches bench.

  66. @jwpt03 - I'm right here.

    I think the future is bright for the long-term and the program is on the right track. This is only the second year of the Dave Rice era. To expect the Rebels to just beat up on every team they play was absurd from the beginning. The Rebels are a young team who will only get better as time goes along. It's hard to fault a coach who has won 50 games in his first two seasons, and taken his team to the NCAA Tournament both seasons.

    I don't think the Rebels will really come together and a national championship contender until year four or five of the Dave Rice era. Around that time, he figures to have a team of mostly juniors and seniors.

  67. @fedup2here (Kenny Rogers) - You're a wretch. Why do you hate yourself? If you can't take defeat, then don't watch. You won't be missed.

  68. @fedup2here (Kenny Rogers) - I had tennis practice tonight. I have better things to do than be an internet tough guy.

  69. @fallafalla - You make me want to laugh. You obviously didn't watch the Colorado State game in the conference tournament. They allowed Eikmeier an easy layup, and Rice called a timeout and laid into them.

  70. @MoTown1969 - You mean Steve Alford who lost to Harvard?

  71. @philips1990702, 50-51 games won don't mean a thing if you're 0-2 in the biggest games you coached with all these talent you have. No Rebel fan expect this team to go to the Final Four but at least give some reason for fans to cheer about. Is one win in the tournament too big to ask for? It's not like they haven't been to the NCAA Tournament before he was hired. Don't expect different results in the years to come when you keep on repeating the same things over and over again with no adjustments to come up with while the game progresses.

  72. Hey guys be patient, what's all the complaining about. Wait til UNLV Now is completed. Why don't you people understand that UNLV is a football school & not a basketball school.

  73. @Smooga, I don't know if you are joking or serious about your post.

  74. Joking