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Tickets for Saturday’s San Diego State game selling quickly

Officials expect highly anticipated game against the Aztecs to sellout before game day


Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun

UNLV guard Oscar Bellfield drives past San Diego State guard Xavier Thames during their game Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 at Viejas Arena in San Diego.

UNLV basketball ranked 14th

KSNV coverage on February, 6, 2012 of the UNLV basketball team dropping in the national rankings to No. 14.

About 700 tickets remain for the UNLV basketball team’s 1 p.m. Saturday game against visiting San Diego State at the Thomas & Mack Center, and school officials anticipate a sellout before the day of the game.

A majority of the remaining seats are located in the balcony section and priced starting at $25. There are a handful of seats in the plaza (the lower bowl), but those are single tickets.

San Diego State (20-3 overall, 6-1 Mountain West Conference) is ranked No. 13 nationally by the Associated Press and is in sole possession of first place in the Mountain West. The Aztecs beat UNLV 69-67 last month in the league opener.

“It’s the most anticipated Runnin’ Rebel regular season game at the Thomas & Mack Center in years, if not in a decade or two,” said D.J. Allen, UNLV’s seninor associate athletic director, who oversees marketing and communications.

UNLV (21-4 overall, 5-2 league) already had a sellout of 18,500 fans last month against New Mexico, giving the program a sellout in four straight seasons — in 2009 and 2010 against BYU, and 2011 against San Diego State. Before 2009, UNLV went 16 years without a sellout.

Unlike the previous games that sold out, Allen anticipates there will be no tickets remaining by Saturday. Also, all of the student tickets have already been distributed.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21.

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  1. Lets go Rebels. The UNLV basketball team has lifted the sperits of Las Vegas in the middle of the worst recession ever. The Runnin' Rebels are the heart of Las Vegas and we as a community are 100% behind you. Lets show San Diego that UNLV and Las Vegas are a winning team. Fill the T&M and yell louder than ever.

    Go Rebels.

  2. You overestimate the impact they have on the community. UNLV is simply trendy to follow when they're doing well, but their loyal fan base is tiny. And I'm fairly sure people's "sperits" aren't being raised by a bunch of strangers throwing a ball into a circle. Las Vegas is doomed, and all your fantasizing about the Rebels does is temporarily give you a mental escape from real-world problems.

  3. That's gonna be a really packed house. I hope it's as loud and crazy as the 2009 BYU game at home with a 29 point lead and the stands going mad. Get out and run Rebels!

  4. TeamSG1, get a life. Las Vegas is doomed? Really, man do you do anything besides watch re-runs of Stargate SG1 in your mothers basement. UNLV has a huge impact on moral here in the city and there is no fantasy involved in that. This team is gearing up for a run at an elite 8 or maybe if the cards fall right a Final Four. My guess is your tiny little window in the basement doesnt allow you to see much of reality, that UNLV is going to be a dominant team over the next few years and maybe for a lot longer.

    Let's go Rebel fans. Let's pack the Mack, send sdsu back to Cali with a loss and put us back on top!

  6. It would indeed be a plus if UNLV could beat SDSU this Saturday. UNLV has not been playing well as of late, two ugly and undeserved OT wins against BSU and AFA, and a deserved loss at Wyoming. UNLV still has to play at The Pit, UNM is playing some good basketball lately dusted both BSU and AFA. A Final Four appearance by UNLV is hardly likely, an Elite 8 ummmm probably not. At least not this year. It's been a great season. I been to a lot of basketball arenas and witnessed some loud and rowdy crowds. UNLV doesn't quite match up with some of the crowd intensity I've seen. In the MWC, SDSU has to rank #1 for fan support, UNM a close second, CSU third and UNLV forth. UNLV should move the student body over to the center of the T&M in view of the TV cameras, not sure why they are off to the side. Hopefully that loss at Wyoming will light a spark in their game. I'm starting to lose confidence in their game. Good Luck Rebels, play smarter, not harder.

  7. @Hoosier, CSU also beat SDSU and we beat CSU. Come tournament time, anything goes, but it will be a much better placing if we have a #3 seed or better to get further into the tournament. I'd say if UNLV keeps doing well, and wins down this stretch, keeps a #3 seed then an elite 8 isn't out of the question. Butler and VCU, comon.

  8. from little daniel j., a.k.a. sg1, on 16 jan 2012--

    "Let the freefall begin. I will go out on a limb and predict that in 30 days from now, UNLV will be unranked and we won't have to keep reading articles about where a bunch of people THINK they stand."

    okay little man, remember to come back in about a week and eat your crow like a good boy.

  9. "sperits"...lol...must be a san diego state fan!