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February 10, 2016

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Taylor Bern

UNLV Sports Reporter

Taylor, who covers UNLV sports, is a 2010 graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. He worked for newspapers in Iowa, Kansas and Missouri before moving out to the desert, working seven months on the sports desk at the Arizona Republic before joining the Sun in November 2011. His outside passions include good books, bad coffee and the search for adequate leg room.

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Injured Rebels must get creative against San Jose State
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016
Last year, UNLV went into San Jose State with only six healthy scholarship players. This year the venue has changed but the situation has not.
Vegas Play of the Day: New Mexico at Utah State
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
UNLV’s Zimmerman sidelined indefinitely with sprained knee
Monday, Feb. 8, 2016
UNLV’s season of mishaps continues as freshman forward Stephen Zimmerman Jr. is out indefinitely because of a sprained knee, interim coach Todd Simon announced tonight.
Rebels will host Jackson State and its marching band to kick off season
Monday, Feb. 8, 2016
UNLV football will open the 2016 season at home against Jackson State University, it was announced today. Equally important for entertainment purposes, Jackson State is bringing its marching band, too.
UNLV drops to 4-7 in league play with double-OT defeat
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016
The team that trailed by 17 in the second half didn’t win this game, which makes sense. And for some, everything the Rebels did to get from that point of being left on the side …
Blog: UNLV can’t finish comeback, loses in double OT at Fresno State
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016
UNLV trailed by 17 midway through the second half and stormed all the way back to force two overtimes, but the shorthanded Rebels didn't have much left in the tank in the extra sessions and fell 111-104 to Fresno State tonight at …
Take 5: UNLV hopes to get back on track against Fresno State
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016
UNLV returns to the road this weekend for a matinee show at Fresno State. The Rebels tip off at 4 p.m. and the game will air on ...
Rebels can’t close out Lobos, who escape The Pit with 87-83 victory
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016
There were multiple options when the play started, but at its most important juncture there was basically just one. It was one interim coach Todd Simon said he was comfortable with ...
Blog: Lobos fend off Rebels for 87-83 victory in The Pit
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016
New Mexico's Elijah Brown and Tim Williams combined for 55 points and on UNLV's last possession that really meant something, fifth-year senior Jerome Seagears drove straight into an awaiting wall to help the Lobos escape with an 87-83 victory.
Take 5: Carter’s injury another thing to overcome for UNLV at New Mexico
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016
This isn’t the position UNLV wanted to find itself in when the calendar flipped to February, but desires aside it’s where the Rebels are at. Starting tonight we’ll start to find out what they can make of another regular season that has gone sideways on them.
San Diego State overpowers UNLV for a dominant win
Rebels lose Ben Carter to injury and don't match physicality of the Aztecs, who remain undefeated in the Mountain West
Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016
UNLV’s problems started on the very first possession, as sure a sign as any that the Rebels weren’t ready for what could have been a pivotal game in the Mountain West conference race. Instead they got freight-trained by runaway favorite San Diego State, which …
Blog: San Diego State controls game, tops UNLV 67-52
Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016
San Diego State completely dominated the rebounding battle 44-27 and used that to coast to a 67-52 victory against UNLV. The Rebels have now lost seven straight against the Aztecs, plus 13 of the last 16, and they trailed this one nearly the entire way.
Take 5: Rebels ready for chance to hand Aztecs first conference loss
UNLV is a 4.5-point favorite today against San Diego State, which has won six straight in the series. The game tips at 5 p.m. on CBSSN
Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016
A rivalry isn’t judged strictly on wins and losses, but that’s a big part of it, and lately UNLV isn’t holding up its end against first-place San Diego State. The Aztecs have won 12 of the past 15 against the Rebels, including six straight heading into tonight’s ...
As NHL gathers for All-Star Game, Las Vegas remains in holding pattern
Friday, Jan. 29, 2016
The NHL to Las Vegas movement started with a lot of optimism, but as the league holds its All-Star Game in Nashville this weekend, it’s hard to figure out how excited or frustrated ...
McCaw’s ‘unbelievable hustle plays’ lead Rebels past Broncos in 87-77 victory
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016
There were many reasons Teresa McCaw wanted to surprise her son, UNLV sophomore guard Pat McCaw, at tonight’s game. One was a feeling any fan could understand ...
Blog: Rebels dominate second half, take 87-77 win against Boise State
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016
Pat McCaw finished with 25 points and five steals while leading UNLV to an 87-77 victory against Boise State tonight at the Thomas & Mack Center. In the second half, UNLV shot 57.1 percent from the field while forcing nine turnovers, which helped the Rebels overcome an eight-point halftime deficit.
Vegas Play of the Day: Cal at Utah
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Bern’s-Eye View: Mountain West Basketball Picks Week 11
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016
Things are finally looking up for the Mountain West, and one team could take a giant wrecking ball to all of that goodwill this week: UNLV.
Take 5: Rebels’ big week starts with home showdown vs. Boise State
Boise State (15-5, 5-1) has won three straight against UNLV (12-8, 3-4), but the games are almost always close
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016
Over the last four seasons, there probably hasn’t been a more entertaining series for UNLV than its meetings with Boise State. The teams will add another chapter tonight at 8 when they tip off at the Thomas & Mack Center on CBS Sports Network. The teams are an even 4-4 over ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Kansas at Iowa State
Monday, Jan. 25, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Rebels trip down stretch vs. UNR, drop another close league game
UNLV (12-8, 3-4) has now lost four of the last six against the Wolf Pack (12-7, 4-3), which pulled out a 65-63 victory
Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016
Blue and silver streamers erupted from all four corners of the Lawlor Events Center, a new UNR tradition that tonight celebrated something that’s become rather common. UNLV squandered a second-half lead in …
Blog: UNR pulls off comeback for 65-63 win against sloppy Rebels
Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016
The Rebels (12-7, 3-4) missed 14 free throws and committed 17 turnovers, and in the end that was too much to overcome in a 65-63 loss at UNR that UNLV led for most of the way.
Rebels expect freshman Jones to continue emergence against UNR
Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016
In the first half of what was already a blowout last week, Jordan Cornish lobbed a pass a foot or more to the right of the backboard. Jones’ momentum was taking him past that point but he was able to pause long enough to …
Vegas Play of the Day: Toledo at Northern Illinois
Friday, Jan. 22, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
By the Numbers: UNLV’s winning ways start with defense
The Rebels (12-7, 3-3) have always wanted to be a defense-first team, and lately that side of the ball has gone from very good to great
Friday, Jan. 22, 2016
If momentum is a real thing the Rebels have it in full, and they plan to take it with them this weekend up north to UNR.
Bern’s-Eye View: Mountain West Basketball Picks Week 10
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016
The question right now, one that could look silly in two weeks but is reasonable to ask, is not who will win the Mountain West, but will San Diego State even give anyone else a chance?
‘That’s who we are’: Rebels’ big run keys them to third straight victory
UNLV (12-7, 3-3) takes down Utah State (11-7, 3-4) thanks largely to 21-2 that opened second half
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
Identity means a lot to Todd Simon. Raised in Michigan without much of a playing background, Simon worked his way into coaching with an aggressive mentality that ...
Blog: Rebels run away from Utah State for 80-68 victory
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
UNLV came out of halftime on a 21-2 run and Utah State could never recover as the Rebels finished off an 80-68 win for their third straight victory. The Rebels are back on the road Saturday at UNR.
Take 5: Rebels head to Utah State hunting for third straight victory
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
UNLV has bounced back in a big way from its 0-3 start to league play, and now it’s time to see if the show goes on the road for interim coach Todd Simon. The Rebels (11-7, 2-3) are looking for a three-game winning streak tonight at 6 Las Vegas time against Utah State (11-6, 3-3) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The game ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Oklahoma at Iowa State
Monday, Jan. 18, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Rebels hit century mark in dominant performance against Air Force
UNLV moves to 2-0 under interim coach Todd Simon with 100-64 home victory against the Falcons
Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016
Nine Rebels played in the first half of the team's biggest Mountain West blowout in at least a decade, and only one didn’t score. That one, sophomore Jordan Cornish, was ...
Blog: Rebels notch 100-64 win at home against Air Force
Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016
UNLV dominated from the start of this game until the end, moving to 2-0 under interim coach Todd Simon with a 100-64 victory against Air Force at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Rebels return to action Tuesday …
Rebels looking to build on confidence against Air Force
Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016
The Rebels aren’t happy that Dave Rice was pushed out less than a week ago, but entering their second game without him it might be accurate to say they are relieved. Senior guard Jerome Seagears said the players were generally aware of the situation their coach was ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Boise State at UNR
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Bern’s-Eye View: Mountain West Basketball Picks Week 9
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016
We’re barely into Mountain West play and most things are going to shuffle, but the top two teams might not.
Rebels run over Lobos 86-74 in Simon’s coaching debut
Stephen Zimmerman Jr. and Pat McCaw lead the way against New Mexico in Rebels’ first game without former coach Dave Rice
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
Todd Simon’s first game as a Division I coach ended in tears. It also ended with a win. A little more than 48 hours after fifth-year coach Dave Rice was sent packing ...
Blog: Rebels play fast and free in Simon’s debut, top Lobos 86-74
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
Stephen Zimmerman Jr. notched 15 points and 15 rebounds, four Rebels scored in double figures and interim coach Todd Simon picked up his first career victory in his Division I coaching debut, an 86-74 victory against New Mexico at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Vegas Play of the Day: New Mexico at UNLV
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Rebels hope to band together, start season turnaround vs. New Mexico
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
On Sunday afternoon, UNLV’s players learned that Dave Rice would no longer be their coach. A few hours later they were in the Mendenhall Center for interim coach Todd Simon’s first practice, proving that the season isn’t stopping, or even taking a pause, for the Rebels to catch their breath.
Take 5: Simon’s opportunity to impress with UNLV starts tonight
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
The question is straightforward and the answer will come over the next two months, starting tonight: Who is Todd Simon, UNLV head basketball coach? The third-year assistant leads his first game as the interim coach against New Mexico, a little more than two days after ...
Bern’s-Eye View: Possible candidates for UNLV’s next basketball coach
Monday, Jan. 11, 2016
UNLV nearly made this coaching change back in March, and if they had it’s very possible that Ben Howland would be coaching here instead of Mississippi State. But instead ...
UNLV makes change at basketball coach amid Rice’s struggles
Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016
Dave Rice's photo is on the ticket for Tuesday’s home game against New Mexico, but that’s the only appearance he will make. Rice is out as UNLV's head basketball coach 16 games into his fifth season, with the official word from the university being that the former Rebel bench player resigned. Third-year assistant coach Todd Simon will take over as the interim coach, and terms of Rice’s buyout ...
Rebels sink even lower with flat 59-57 loss at Wyoming
Coach Dave Rice's job status is unclear following an 0-3 start to Mountain West play
Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016
The final real shot of this loss, UNLV’s third straight and fifth in the past six games, was an off-the-dribble heave from a guy who hadn’t made a shot in the game and missed nine of his previous 10 3-point attempts. UNLV’s top 3-point shooter, Jalen Poyser, had a nice view of ...
Blog: Rebels sloppy at Wyoming, lose 59-57 for third straight defeat
Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016
The last shot of the game, and potentially in coach Dave Rice's tenure, was an off-balanced 3-pointer from a guy who finished the game 0-for-6. The Rebels committed at least 18 turnovers for the third straight game, a third straight loss.
Take 5: Rebels trying to avoid three-game skid Saturday at Wyoming
Friday, Jan. 8, 2016
Everyone can see where UNLV could be headed, because the Rebels were just there. The season is starting to resemble last year’s seventh-place finish and the Rebels are trying to maneuver themselves to a different track. In the wake of Wednesday’s 66-65 loss at Colorado State — UNLV’s fourth defeat in the last five games and fifth in the last seven — the complaints ...
Rebels blow late lead, lose again at Colorado State 66-65
UNLV (9-6, 0-2) has now lost four out of five heading into another road game Saturday at Wyoming
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016
Losing tests your emotions, and whether it was a postgame tirade heard down the hall or tears pouring from the guy who felt he lost the game, the Rebels experienced plenty of ...
Blog: Colorado State pulls off comeback, drops UNLV to 9-6 overall
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016
The Rebels led by five with 50 seconds left and then managed to squander the lead they had worked so hard to get and lost 66-65 at Colorado State tonight. UNLV is now 9-6 overall and 0-2 in Mountain West play.
Bern’s-Eye View: Mountain West Basketball Picks Week 8
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016
We’re a week into the Mountain West slate and I don’t feel like I know a lot more than I did before we started. That’s reflected in my still awful ATS record, so at this point if you’re not taking these picks and fading them it’s your own fault.
Take 5: Rebels shift lineup ahead of week on the road
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016
A week off after opening Mountain West play with a loss isn’t what anyone at UNLV would prefer, but that’s what they got. Now it’s time to see what the Rebels did with that time ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Oklahoma at Kansas
Monday, Jan. 4, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.

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