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Rebels go cold in second half, New Mexico cruises to win

The Lobos’ Drew Gordon notches 27 points and 20 rebounds as New Mexico takes control of first place in the Mountain West


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New Mexico fans react after UNLV forward Mike Moser picked up a foul during their game Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 at The Pit in Albuquerque, N.M. New Mexico won 65-45 to take sole possession of first place in the Mountain West.

Updated Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 | 3:15 p.m.

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New Mexico fans storm the court after defeating UNLV 65-45 to take sole possession of first place in the Mountain West Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 at The Pit in Albuquerque. Launch slideshow »

ALBUQUERQUE — The postgame debate Saturday about whether New Mexico forward Drew Gordon really had 19 rebounds, as it was announced at The Pit, or 20, as it showed up in the box score, tells you all you need to know about UNLV’s day.

Here’s another clue: the Rebels and Gordon each scored the same amount of second-half points (18).

After leading by one at halftime, No. 11 UNLV (22-6, 6-4) went cold while Gordon caught fire, finishing with 27 points and 20 rebounds, as the Lobos (22-4, 8-2) ran out the Rebels and handed them a 65-45 defeat.

New Mexico now leads UNLV and the rest of the conference by two games, after San Diego State lost 58-56 at Air Force later Saturday afternoon.

This postgame wasn’t full of the same disgust the Rebels had after blowing an 18-point lead in a loss at TCU on Tuesday. UNLV let that one get away. This one it just couldn’t win.

In fact, taking them at their word, the Rebels thought Saturday’s 20-point loss was pretty easy to explain: New Mexico is very good and UNLV didn’t make shots.

“We tried to battle, thought we got good looks in the second half and just were not able to get them in,” UNLV coach Dave Rice said.

With just about 12 minutes left, the game was tied. A little more than three minutes later, New Mexico led by 12. From there, the Rebels never got closer than 10, finishing the second half shooting 4-for-17 from the field. Besides junior guard Anthony Marshall, who led the team with 18 points and 10 rebounds, the Rebels scored just six points in the second half. Sophomore forward Mike Moser scored six points in the first two minutes, then just two for the rest of the game.

“I wouldn’t say we were out of sync, we just didn’t make shots,” Marshall said.

Added Moser, “Just couldn’t make shots. That kind of summed it up.”

New Mexico and The Pit crowd had a lot to do with those misses.

During their current seven-game winning streak, the Lobos are giving up 49.6 points per game while holding opponents to 34.2 percent shooting from the field. They’ve won their games by an average of 20.9 points per game.

So UNLV isn’t the first team to run into this buzz saw.

“They’re playing at a high level, and then you throw in the atmosphere and their confidence,” Rice said.

Gordon ignited the Lobos’ run, but guards Tony Snell (12 points) and Demetrius Walker (nine points) each had key 3-pointers, and Snell dished out a game-high five assists as well as a couple of highlight dunks after beating Chace Stanback off the dribble.

“They’re playing as a team,” Marshall said. “Not one guy is trying to do everything.”

Once Gordon hit a couple of mid-range jumpers it really opened up his arsenal.

“When he’s right, when he’s good like he was today, they can play with anyone in the country,” Rice said.

Moser, who drew the assignment on his former UCLA teammate for much of the game, said he really struggled to move around the baseline screens New Mexico employed. Then when Rice ran double teams at him, Gordon found his teammates.

“He made some things happen, and then once we made adjustments to guard him he started finding guys on the perimeter,” Marshall said. “They worked it inside and out.”

This was UNLV’s last best chance to win the regular season conference title. That opportunity swirled the drain with every missed shot in the second half.

This is a new feeling for this year’s team and its first-year coach. The Rebels had always responded well from losses this season, and now they’ve got their first two-game losing streak of the season.

“This is certainly the most adversity that we’ve gone through this season,” Rice said. “… That’s a disappointing fact, but there’s still a lot of games to be played.”

Now the Rebels get to go home, where they will have to prove themselves all over again.

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  1. Cold......They were as frigid as my X-wife!

  2. Heres the story Rebel Fans......The Rebels got "RUN" by TCU and New Mexico.....and will drop in the ratings....they have become predictable on offense and defense, they are not creating turnovers and play the same man to man with no full court press or trapping game...they have no vertical game on offense and no 3 point offense of late and lack confidence in crunch time. They have talent but that can only take you so far....The "RUNNING REBELS"? need to go back to the DRAWING BOARD as expectations are sky high and UNLV gets everyones BEST GAME these days.....3 weeks left till NCAA tourney time....lol

  3. I just wanna know where jerry Wayne is now. Trying to rag on us for be realistic. We have now lost three of four. We will still make it into the tourney but the question is can rice turn the mood around in the locker room because we already know what the team is capabily of. So yes, the sky is falling (jerry), but we are not squished yet unless rice can't stop it before colission.

  4. Like I said, unlv better just show up in the tourney (NCAA) and at least win a game to land bazz. Regardless, iLife our team next year. True PG in Katin, shot blockers in Morsnt and Khem, moser coming back with Bryce Jones...just hope the rubbish from this year (Hawkins, Marshall, Thomas and Lopez) at least give us something. Cook will be more than happy to push aside Marshall.

  5. If this years rubbish step up for next year, we have a final four recipe. Wingman and A true PG in the same player, Bryce, moser and khem leading the front court which can be the most talented in the nation, Morant who's a shot blocking machine, cook who can come in and get down. Like I said, our bench will be this years rubbish so let's hope they produce.

    Shot blocker
    True PG
    Excellent front court and backcourt
    Better half court offense by 150 percent

    That sounds like an extremely deep tourney team. Let's just see who's the last scholarship player.

  6. Why is it that after every game UNLV has lost this year, I read about someone on the opposing team having a "career game?" This time it was Drew Gordon with career-high points. Is Dave Rice aware of the halftime-adjustment dynamic? Just wondering.

    On the one hand, it's great that UNLV gets every team's best shot because it means we've got a great in-conference reputation now. But the downside is that someone on the opposite team *knows* he'll get some career-awesome numbers. At least in 1 in 3 conference games...

  7. MWC is a legit conference. So tough to get road wins. Ask San Diego. Lot of fun yet to be had this year. Good news is only one more road game for the Rebs. Pack the Mack! Lets's all do our best to help them get some momentum going into March.

  8. Worst game of the year for the Rebels at the worst time.. Credit UNM's D somewhat, but the Rebels just could not score the ball. I think the screwing around in earlier road games against inferior teams placed a seed of doubt in the Rebels mind about their strength as a road team. Now after losing to Wyoming and TCU on the road, they had no swagger and no confidence going into this game.

    Hopefully they can turn it around and win their last couple road games, or else they may be looking at another 8-9 seed in the NCAAs.

    Also, you want a good picture of the Rebels without Mike Moser? 45 total points in a 20 point loss..

  9. Thank you djkgroup. Does Jerry and his partner James Reza, who berate anyone who has a legitimate concern or points out needed areas of improvements, still feel that everything is fine? Just because we bring up things that need to change or weaknesses that need to be addressed, does not mean we love the Rebs any less than they do. I think we care even more!
    With that out of the way, the offense is in total disarray and the D is not much better. Once again, Chace disappears when we most need him. Marshall is a fabulous athlete, but not a great basketball player, too inconsistent for a point guard. Let me say that I could not be happier to have Moser on our team. His hustle is off the scale. But if anyone tells him that he is ready for the NBA, they are doing him a great disservice. He is not yet able to create his own shot and he really has no business shooting threes as often as he does. Slash, Mike, go strong to the hoop everytime!
    The Rebs are still having a better season than I thought they would before the season, but they showed so much promise early on that they built up our expectations so high. They do not have to go all the way back to square one, but they need to find some way to dig deep and get out of this funk soon. Otherwise, we are looking at another early exit from the NCAA tourney.

  10. I guess Mike Lange and the rest of the Homers on this site will say that we're "exceeding expectations" and "doing good for a 1st year coach"....

    That's what mediocre teams do...."settle" for mediocrity and early success and a "top 15" ranking in a meaningless season. The real season starts in the tourney....and we seriously have no chance....

    Be real Rebel fans....our coach sucks. He can't even sign the biggest recruit in the nation when his own BROTHER coaches him. What makes you think he can sign anyone else in the future?! Rice is the wrong guy for this job. In 3 yrs we'll be searching for a new coach and regretting the Rice decision just like the Hauck decision....


  11. 1) Nothing has frustrated me more than the play calling in crunch time...Especially down big....we are down like 14 with 4 minutes to go and were Posting Quintrel. He is a walking turnover...brings the ball down low EVERY time he touches it.

    2) the hallmark of a good team offensively is when you need points....to stop a run, or mount a comeback, you go to your best shooters......hopefully you can get them together in a pick n roll, and insure one of you better players takes the shot. .......

    3) I love Marshall....but at the very end when Stanback gives it up to him , back and forth , and MArshall takes that SHOT!!!!!!! NO, NO, NO.

    We have dones this in MANY games, MAssamba, or Thomas getting the ball....Im beyond shocked that the other teams havent picked up and resorted to HACKASHACK..............The rebs HAVE to find a way to get the ball to STANBACK.....PERIOD.

  12. AND PS!.....I really Like Wallace.....but you cant tell me that Karam Mashour wouldnt produce more! Better defender by far, very athletic, and a scorer mentality. When you are down deep, on the road in a hostile environment, in the biggest game of the year, and you let wallace get valuable minutes when he clealry is not recovered, and is a liability, then you are not on your COACHING game. A spark is what the rebels need..........

  13. At some point when you have struggled on the road, you have to try and switch it up....especially on the road. Especially this deep in conference...teams know each other.....Mashour should have been in. Rice has to try something....my guess is now the doubts will creep in on the team....I hope not.

  14. Still cannot figure out why Coach Rice has decided to abandon the full court pressure and trying to up the tempo. UNLV seemed perfectly content to walk it up and grind it out. Newsflash Coach Rice your team sucks at half court offense. Every team except for TCU has attempted to slow down UNLV and for the most part have had great success. Whatever happened to Lets Run and style of play being almost as important as winning? Today looked like Rollie Massimino was at the helm. This team cannot win grind it out games and why should we try? I thought the Walking Rebels were through. Embarassing performance.

  15. Time to Bench Reggie Smith. Too excitable and out of control. He single handedly gave away that lead tonight. .....Also time to Bench wallace...thanks for the Contribution, but lets get MAshour in there and warmed up for tourney time. COACH....!!!!! SHAKE It UP!

  16. I will state the facts that we've exceeded expectations and that Dave Rice is a first-year coach. Those are FACTS, not opinions.

    Again you bring up the Shabazz argument as a point of yours when he hasn't even made the decision yet, but whatever suits your argument. What makes us think he can sign recruits in the future? Oh... I don't know. The fact that he's already signed a player like Katin Reinhardt, who will be a stud and gotten transfer players like Bryce Jones and Khem Birch (former McDonald's All American) to sign on. That's what makes me think recruiting will be fine.

    Everyone can talk about improvements that need to be made with this team all they want. That second half they played today was the worst basketball I've seen from this team all season. It was absolutely atrocious and unacceptable and a lot of that does go on Coach Rice. However, he's not on the floor making the bad passes or missing the layups. The offense has taken a step forward, but the defense has taken a step (or two) backward. I really wish we'd press more and play the high pressure defense we've seen periodically for larger portions of the game.

    I just refuse to condemn the program or the coaching staff or the team. I'm not sure what the expectations were that some of you had. In years past, we'd be sitting here with 4 games to go discussing what we needed to do to make the tournament. In year one under Rice, we're talking about what we need to do to keep a 4 or 5 seed. In my opinion, that's a step forward for the program. Guess that step forward is just "worthless" to some people.

  17. "We've exceeded expectations" is a FACT? Says who? How do you measure that Mr Lange? According to whom? Homers? LMAO

    If we've "exceeded expectations", then we're doomed forever...in my opinion, we've declined and gotten worse...we're disappointing. We're a sad reflection of a wannabe coach who hasn't proven anything. We should have signed a real coach....a coach who could motivate players to win on the road and focus instead of being lazy and complacent...instead of being lackadaisical on Defense, playing hard. Rice sucks and should be fired...along with Hauck. Two mistakes of the decade.

  18. Haters gonna hate. I bet NM "fans" said the same thing when we beat them at the mack. Oh, and by the way, Air Force knocked off SDSU today as well. MWC is shakin' up still. Every year it happens.

  19. Over rated! Hope they will concentrate on playing consistently their best game from now on. The Lobos have the inside track, and a great record.

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  21. Mike are you serious with the offense has taken a step forward comment? We might have been able to say that 6 weeks ago but we just scored 45 points in a game! We only attempted 17 field goals in the second half and made 4. A step forward??? Take out the two TCU games and we are averaging 68 ppg in the MWC and that is with two overtime games to help that average. Yesterday looked like a vintage Kruger offense. Stand and watch while we run that high screen and roll. No activity just one on one play with guys like Stanback, Bellfield, Hawkins etc who cant go by anyone and Marshall who cant shoot. I admire the fact that you are trying to stay positive but saying that the offense has taken a step forward is ridiculous.

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  23. Mike's analysis that the offense is better than last year is correct. Nearly every measureable stat shows an improvement (except free throw shooting). The defense has regressed from last year. Some of the increase in defensive ppg can be attributed to the faster pace (more possessions), but opponents are shooting at higher percentages as well.



    But overall improvement doesn't mean they're going to score 100 every game. There are some very good teams in the MWC that play very good defense. Have you noticed there is another team out there on the court with us?

    Piling on Dave Rice shows your ignorance of basketball - anyone who watches college b-ball would be impressed with the job he's done. He taught them a system that clearly works (ask UNC). Other teams scheme to specifically stop our system. At this point in the season, there aren't many changes the coach can make - no magic plays he can call on the sideline (Gene Hackman running the picket fence on 'em is fiction, folks). It's up to the players to make plays. Many of the individual player performances that you all are complaining about are not exactly new problems.

    Personally I'm pretty happy with the way this season has gone. This is a tough conference and I'm not surprised they've got 4 losses (and might end up with 5 - CSU is another difficult road trip). I just hope they can get a few more wins late and build momentum toward the conference and NCAA tournaments.

  24. 4 games left guys 3 at home. The boys had a bad week no doubt. I can see where they might be tiring a bit. There are 343 D1 programs and we are in the top 10 percent. Season is far from over. Strong kick at the end win tourney and go dancing. Take our shot in NCAAs
    First year under new leadership recruiting up, increased exposure of program, benchmark victories, great crowds, this year has been great!

  25. I love how the homers get defensive and actually spout "hate" at people who care about the program. That's right, homers like adrock who personally attack fans who care...That's where my dislike for Rice comes from....he's worthless. I want a real coach for our program...why? Because I care. Unlike the homers who don't care who coaches the team, they'll cheer cheer ra ra until the next disappointing loss. Just because I don't agree with our selection of coaches doesn't mean I'm not a fan who cares. I care more than most people here. I'm a real Rebel fan looking out for our future, not some Homer that will cheer for a half-baked team who can't play well on the road and a coach who can't discipline and motivate his players. Case in point was 2 games ago when he said he didn't have to change much to adjust to playing on the road...2 losses later...maybe he should have made some major changes to how they practice/prepare for the game.

    And by the way....yes, Rice sucks as a recruiter because he can't get the best player in the nation when he has family ties....anyone with a logical mind can see that. Wait, I'm not dealing with logical minds...I'm dealing with Homers! LMAO

  26. well, the hate comment was just a throwback to an episode of "chappelle's show" that i thought was appropriate; but yes, you do seem to hate everything about the current team. as you are unreasonable in even the faintest sense of the word, yes, you pretty much fit the definition of the word "hater". it's kind of silly to say that your venom and constant inability to see ANY positive or to allow someone time to succeed (well, actually, a fair amount of success has already occurred) is a product of your deep, deep love for the program. so then every coach that doesn't win a national championship his first year is sh*t. and everyone else is obliged to see it your way, lest they expose themselves as imbiciles. whatever, have at it.

    and yeah, because of the fact that there are innumerable other factors that affect a player's college choice besides that of who is the brother of his high school coach, that point was basically retarded. your continued failure to grasp that basic truth is staggering. see the point above about venom and inability to see any positive, or additionally, to cut even the slightest slack.

  27. Sinatra is 100% correct in his argument. UNLV fans seem to have a disease of being overly defensive of the new coach, no matter what the situation. This goes for both football and basketball. Mike Lange is a great example - he literally hyperventilates while dishing out hatred to anyone who dare disagree with his opinion that Rice is the savior of the program and beyond reproach. Rebel-Net is another great place to find these people. Any proactive, objective discussion about Rice's(of staffs) ability is immediately drowned out. This is not new, as these same people did the same exact thing for anyone who dare question Lord Kruger. Ironic that these people now freely admit that Kruger had the exact limitations they once vociferiously defended against just a few years ago. LMAO.

    The talent is here now. Rice walked into a tremendous situation in which ANY halfway competent D1 coach would succeed. I was wary of his hire because of his lack of experience and his seemingly annointed progession into the position. And now those same people are sweating bullets as the rookie has been exposed. The 'he's a first year coach' is an extremely lame excuse - seeing as we didn't have to hire a first year coach in the first place - but even I agree that he can improve on his gameplan and gameday skills. We still didn't have to hire a rookie.

    What Rice cannot improve on is, in simple terms, what he is. He's a non-confrontational players coach. He runs a system that has us playing exactly like the BYU teams - those soft, first round flameouts that we all used to make fun of. Or a slightly more athletic version thereof. Be careful what you wish for.

  28. The losers who think the coach needs to get trashed are the dumbest, antagonists and pessimists that are probably fighting foreclosure and hates everything about life right about now. Sinatra, especially u. Get a life. Road games are dropped, oh well, ISh happens. Yes, coach can make halftime adjustments but Reggie threw himself out of the game just ten minutes in, Kendall has been ailing all season and quintrell was the last hope. I saw this blowout coming because our starting guards simply don't care anymore. Like Oscar. He's reminiscing Wink and Tre's senior season all over again. Moreover, dargers. So it comes down to the players on the court. Coach, yes, could've made adjustments...but by that time the players had given up.

    Shabazz isn't signing until April, nor is Bennett. Do you know anything about recruitment? You probably have no idea who's coming in either? Again, don't be a pessimist and spew your hate everywhere because it shows just how ill knowledged you are.

  29. Rice already has three wins over ranked teams and two over soon to be ranked (cal and new Mexico)......your comparing him to Hauck? Just shows sheer ignorance. You're a yawner and should disappear like the rest of the antagonists u hangout with. Thanks.

  30. Oh, and rice sucks as a recruiter? Wow....somehow we landed a mid season mcdonalds all American, and had katin commit in July. Also have Morant who's on the top 150 too. Where are u get this misleading information from? Or are u just trying to start useless arguments to get attention?

  31. It's beyond meaning how rice is getting bashed on here. Who had Kruger beat the past five seasons? Minus the sweet 16 years ago? Guy stunk up the show ALL THE TIME, and if u wanna talk adjustments...he made the worst of all time. Times where he should've sat players, to sitting s hot handed Matt shaw vs Northern ziowa (after his two threes if u losers didn't know, I'm sure)......Kruger got the program to an NCAA appearing one, and rice will take them further. Road problems are road problems. But players are beginning to give up. Unc, Illinois, cal, new Mexico, and sdsu...all ranked/or once before. Now coach is suddenly a stinker after getting pounded by an half court team? Be real. Neutral sites like the Orleans is when unlv will be dangerous. But road woes continue. It happens. Like an article by an espn analyst said, "national champions always suffer road losses." uconn had 9 losses last year and won it all...how? 13-0 on neutral tourney sites (MSG, Maui and the NCAA's)....wait till selection au day...than we can start grading rice but losses like these are a hair flip. It happens. Look at Michigan, Ohio state, Cuse, etc...all of them suffered losses on the road. Not to mention, unc. In summary, state the facts before saying a coach needs to be canned because he couldn't win at the pit, a place where everyone lost this season except sdsu.

  32. Legolas - You're just as ridiculous as the other homers. I didn't like Rice as a coach before the season started and I don't like him now either. My comparison to Hauck is that both should never, ever have been hired to begin with. JahReb is right....all of you homers were defending Kruger like crazy when similar arguments were made against him...and you're doing it again with Rice. Hilarious how consistent you are...

    How do I know Shabazz isn't coming to UNLV? Because if he was, he would have announced it by now. Why put everyone on hold if you already know you're coming? Why? Because he isn't and he doesn't want to be Lebron'd when he doesn't select UNLV.

    BTW - the adjustments (lack of) that I was criticizing Rice for wasn't in-game...it was pre-game preparedness and focus. He isn't getting our team ready for road games. It's obvious to anyone who isn't a homer.

    And the notion that The Orleans Arena is a "neutral" court is hilarious. I guess that's why the entire Arena poured onto the court when UNLV beat UNC?!! LMAO

    Rice is not the coach who will take us to a championship. He's not capable now (1st year) and he won't be later. We should have brought in an experienced winner...took our time and found one at all costs. We're going to pay for our continual bad decisions. Mark my words, Hauck & Rice will go down as 2 giant mistakes and set us back 5 - 10 yrs.

    It's going to be tough to pick the Homer Of The Year...right now it's a tight race between Legolas, adrock, and Mike Lange......the winner gets a UNLV Snuggie as the award, LMAO

  33. We knew it would be a tough game, they played one really bad half. My concern is how this will effect the team going into March? My hope is that we get hot like we were earlier this year once the tourney starts. We all know tourney games will be defensive grinders and we'll need to make stops.

    Go Rebs!

  34. How the hell is he not capable of anything and he took down 5 ranked teams in his first year and propelled unlv to the highest ranking since 1991? How are u comparing two different teams, from two different sports, one being historically good and the other historically bad? Rebel football will NEVER be good! Rebel basketball is 9 months away from being ranked top ten and possibly 6 weeks away from landing the top recruit, or at least Bennett? Kruger would've never done that, nor any other coach. Do u know basketball? I'm beginning to realize that u have zero knowledge on anything and Im wipriting to a few rocks on here. How was rice not a good hire? Bad loss? Tcu? Happens...others? Wichita? 23-4. Wisconsin? 5th seed in the tourney. Sdsu? 20-6. UNM - 22-4. Seriously...your credibility is officially gone. Lol.

  35. All teams suffer road losses, national title holders also did except Memohis of 07-08. But now suddenly a coach who has the best resume maybe in the nation (excluding big ten schools who play ranked foes every week)...is suddenly an atrocious coach? So why do u really hate unlv? Or Vegas? Are u an outsider looking to fit in? Or just a loner loser with ADHD? What's really going on in that head of yours to spew such lunacy? Lol

  36. All these homers must be sdsu, UNM or BYU fans. No other reasoning behind the whole verbal lash outs "vegans are stupid, they suck"...as the homers so eloquently out it. Cold hard facts. How does unlv suck? They're ranked and in the tour Ey? Better yet, what's the definition of suck? We must have entirely different definitions. No one in the mwc "sucks"..suck is someone under .500? No? Goodness.

  37. For the record... I would gladly accept a UNLV Snuggie!

    I'm not even going to argue with you guys on here anymore, because it isn't going to change anything. Some of you guys were obviously "Theus-guys" and thought he should have been the choice, and thats fine. I, personally, thought Rice should have gotten the job, though I would have been fine with Theus as the choice. Maybe I'm more vehemently defending Rice because he was the guy I wanted to get the job once Kruger left. I can tell you that I wouldn't be on here calling for his head if we were 22-6 in mid-February.

    Obviously none of us are happy with the team's play of late. Some of it has to do with the coaching, and, yes, Dave Rice's inexperience as THE guy and apparent;y not pushing the right buttons to get these guys to play well for a whole game on the road. Some of it has to do with the limitations of our current players, injuries, toughness, etc...

    Some of that can be fixed through coaching, some of it can be fixed through experience and some of it can be fixed through recruiting. I'm confident Rice, and the guys on the staff, will get it figured out. Some of you aren't confident that they will. That's fine. I'm also willing to give it some time. I've seen what I deem to be steps in the right direction. Regardless of how you feel about rankings and season records, that is how teams are judged up until the tournament begins. Even with the two losses this week, we are in a more comfortable position as far as making the tournament right now, than we have been at this point in the season in a while. We're discussing what we need to do to have a shot at a 4-seed as opposed to what we need to do to make the tournament.

    The national perception of UNLV is better than it has been in a while. The recruits/transfers Rice has gotten to sign here since he arrived are pretty freaking good (Jones, Birch, Reinhardt, etc...) You guys keep bringing up Bazz as if he has already signed with and moved to Kentucky. I don't know if he will sign with us or not. But if he doesn't, I'm not going to kill Rice because he couldn't sign him even though Rice's brother is his coach. Bazz is one of the top players in the country... there are a lot more influences and factors in play than his high school coach.

    So I guess I'm apologizing for calling people out for being negative. I'd like to see a bit more substance if you choose to be negative than the simple "Dave Rice Sucks," and "I told you so's," but to each his own. I'm still going to give my opinion the way I see it and I still think so of you are being negative just to be negative, but if thats what you want to do, than so be it.

    Hopefully this doesn't take me out of the running for my "Homer of the Year" UNLV Snuggie.

  38. Ha ha! Mike Lange, you're now in the lead...although Legolas is an extremely close second...I might have to splurge and get a 2nd Snuggie...or maybe I will get one of those "Double Snuggies" for both of you to share! A double Homer! LMAO

    I'm not even going to continue the argument against Rice...it's clear. Homers will be homers and defend him. I could care less about taking down ranked teams...all I care about is National Championships. He will not/can't take us to the promise land. He's incapable of it. We could have a perfect regular season and lose in the tourney and it doesn't mean anything.

    Rice has shown that he's not ready to be a Head Coach. We need an experience, respected, and proven coach.

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  40. Homers will be homers and defend him. A coach that when all the high school recruits were in Vegas last year during summer playing ball, was at every game. A coach who got a major commitment just 3 months into his tenure. A coach who wasn't even going after Khem Birch, landed him. A coach who got Morant who plays alongside Shabazz, let alone, got a player (khem) who's pushing to get Bennett too. There's not another coach in the nation except coach cal who could've done a better job recruiting wise. Your argument is still watered down and has no meaning or definition to it. U hate him for apparently NO REASON at all. That's what I'm just not conveying. He's proved that he can beat anyone, and so they're in a slump...teams go through it...let's see how these boys farewell in march. But it sounds like Vegas has done something to u to hurt your feelings. Lol. No one can hate coach. Perhaps hate certain players, yes, but not coach.

  41. Legolas - There are many coaches that could have done a better job recruiting that Rice. It's ridiculous that you'd rank him as a better recruiter than Coach K @ Duke and any of the elite programs in the country...that's what makes me laugh, the way he's held up so high when he hasn't accomplished anything. All he did was take a team that Kruger already built and is providing the same results.

    It's also Rice's ego that has prevented him from improving our Road record. How do I know this? Because he's quoted as saying he didn't have to tweak much to improve on the road....that was before the TCU & New Mexico losses. Clearly, he's thought about it and decided that changes to preparation wasn't necessary. 2 losses later....that's a sign of an egomaniac who's unwilling to make the necessary changes to win. It was obvious by our poor play on the road with a couple of unnecessarily close wins earlier in the season that we were a poor road team that needed major changes. Only a non-homer fan like myself can recognize it. I don't accept everything just because it's UNLV...I can see through the BS. Rice is BS and a waste of time for the program.

    I don't hate Vegas, I love the town and UNLV. To question that just because I don't go along with your homer point of view is hilarious. Don't confuse homerism with love of the city/school. The coaches at our school should be called out when they're doing a poor job...it's no different than a professor who does the same thing. They need to be held accountable for their actions (or lack of). In Rice's case, his inexperience, youth, and brash display of ego is a bad thing for our team, school, and program. We need an experienced coach with coaching championship pedigree. Riding the bench on a National Championship team doesn't make you a good coach. Neither is continuing the success of a team that Kruger built.

  42. @Sinatra711 "I guess that's why the entire Arena poured onto the court when UNLV beat UNC?!! LMAO" Clearly you weren't there, or you'd know that more than half the arena was in Carolina blue.

    Was it a true neutral court? No.

  43. Matt Philips....yeah, this looks like a neutral court alright...