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New UNLV forward Roscoe Smith made Sportscenter’s ‘worst play’ of 2011



Connecticut Huskies forward Roscoe Smith (22) looks to regain control of the ball with Villanova Wildcats forward/center Mouphtaou Yarou (13) looming behind him during the NCAA Basketball game between the Connecticut Huskies and the Villanova Wildcats on Feb. 20, 2012, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Connecticut beat Villanova 73-70 in overtime.

Roscoe Smith Full Court

New UNLV forward Roscoe Smith has a national title. He also has the No. 1 spot on Sportscenter’s worst plays of 2011.

And he isn’t even halfway through college.

Smith, who transferred last week to the Rebels from UConn, started as a freshman on the Huskies’ national-title team. Earlier in that season, on Jan. 8, 2011, he made a name for himself for another, much less flattering reason.

Here’s the scenario: Final seconds of one of the premier non-conference games of the year. No. 9 UConn is tied, 73-73, at No. 12 Texas, and Smith pulls down a defensive rebound with about 12 seconds left. From there, he takes one dribble and, with 11 seconds left in a tie game, just chucks the ball in the general direction of the basket. The video is worth your time.

The Huskies went on to beat Texas with Smith registering 13 points and six rebounds, so no harm, no foul.

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

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  1. Taylor did you run out of things to write about? I'm a fan of your UNLV basketball articles. I'm puzzled why you spent your time writing about something that happened 2 years ago? This is old news to the average sports fan. Maybe you should of incorporated something new about Roscoe that most of us didn't know already. This is lazy. I expect more from you. I look forward to reading about Williams-Gross.

  2. Chill out Apple. I'm a Rebel fan too but that's still a funny play. One of the best oops. It doesn't detract from his ability because he made a dumb play once.

  3. Yeah, chill out Apple.

    Watch the crazy catch with the megaphone by the male cheerleader!

  4. No what's really funny was when Roscoe did a second time in the first round of the tournament against Iowa State this past year. But this article even fails to say that. I enjoy Taylor's work and I know he can do better.

  5. agreed ^^

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  8. So Nigel Williams-Goss might commit to UNLV today and this is the best topic to write about?? I think I'd rather revisit Taylor's article after the Wisconsin game telling everyone "not to worry" about their lack of intensity and poor play. Or better yet, I could read his comments about how he'll "never root for the Rebels".

    Would much rather have seen an article about Nigel and his impact. He is a great player and if this announcement was a year later it would be a huge story.

  9. I agree this article is worthless. Yeah the kid lost his head in the closing seconds of a game and did it again this year but come on, do we really need a highlight of probably one of the worst moments in his playing career. I mean we arent a newspaper in San diego making fun of the Rebels for picking up a guy who does this, Roscoe's one of us now.

  10. WTF Taylor absolutely bush league article....I recall your response when someone questioned your loyalty to Rebels and you quickly responded with some journalistic dribble about being a non-biased Kansas alum. I call it like I see it.
    I hope you rethink the next time you draw attention that is negative journalism that takes very little effort. To show some clip of a transfer who hasn't even suited up yet and encourage people to watch the video you are negatively impacting our efforts as Alumni and season ticket holders to create the type of environment that makes kids choose to attend UNLV.
    Bottom line lazy reporting I hope the kid never gives you access