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Kansas, Duke and Oregon highlight UNLV’s nonconference games

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Hey Reb and the UNLV cheerleaders start off the evening with dancing and fireworks as the first home game of the season versus Cal Poly is set to start at the Thomas & Mack Center on Friday, November 13, 2015.

Kansas at home and Duke on the Strip highlight UNLV’s 2016-17 nonconference basketball slate, which the Rebels released this afternoon.

The regular season starts on Friday, Nov. 11, against South Alabama, and other notable home games include TCU and Washington or Western Kentucky as part of the Global Sports Classic right during the week of Thanksgiving. Former Rebel assistant Ryan Miller is now an assistant at TCU under Jamie Dixon, and the Rebels will face another former staff member a few days later when they play their first road game at Southern Utah (Nov. 30), now led by former interim coach Todd Simon.

The rest of the road slate includes trips to Arizona State (Dec. 3) and to Portland for a neutral-site game against Oregon (Dec. 17), which last year won the Pac-12 and went to the Elite Eight.

“We have an exciting and challenging nonconference schedule,” UNLV coach Marvin Menzies said in a statement. “We will be facing some of the top teams in the country, and there is no question it will prepare us well for a tough, competitive Mountain West slate.”

The vast majority of these games were on the schedule before Menzies was hired in April. The Kansas game (Dec. 22) is a return from UNLV’s visit in 2014-15 to Allen Fieldhouse, and the Duke game at T-Mobile Arena (Dec. 10) originally was agreed to about a year and a half ago.

Ticket information for the Duke game, including priority access to purchase tickets for season-ticket holders, will be announced in July.

Here’s the full slate:

Nov. 1 — Dakota Wesleyan (exhibition)

Nov. 5 — New Mexico Highlands (exhibition)

Nov. 11 — South Alabama

Nov. 16 — UC Riverside

Nov. 19 — Cal State Fullerton*

Nov. 22 — Northern Arizona*

Nov. 25 — TCU*

Nov. 26 — Washington or Western Kentucky*

Nov. 30 — at Southern Utah

Dec. 3 — at Arizona State

Dec. 10 — Duke (at T-Mobile Arena)

Dec. 14 — Incarnate Word

Dec. 17 — at Oregon (in Portland)

Dec. 19 — Southern Illinois

Dec. 22 — Kansas

*Part of the Global Sports Classic

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

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