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Mountain West releases basketball schedules for 2018-19

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UNLV head coach Marvin Menzies calls out to players during a game against Air Force in the 2018 Mountain West Men’s Basketball Championship at the Thomas & Mack Center Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

The Mountain West announced its men’s basketball schedules today, and UNLV will have some difficult hurdles to clear.

The Rebels will play conference favorites UNR and San Diego State back to back on two separate occasions, and UNLV will hit the road three times for back-to-back away games.

The MWC season will commence on Jan. 2 with a home game against Colorado State at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Rebels will then host Wyoming on Jan. 5 before heading out for a pair of road games at New Mexico and Air Force.

The first significant battle will come with a trip to San Diego State on Jan. 26, which will be immediately followed by a home date with UNR. San Diego State won the Mountain West tournament last year and returns most of its impact players, while UNR is coming off a Sweet 16 run and should be ranked in the top five nationally to begin the year.

The Rebels will get the two league favorites again toward the end of the campaign. San Diego State comes to the Mack on Feb. 23, while the Rebels will travel north to face UNR in Reno on Feb. 27.

The schedule closes with a home game against Boise State (March 2) and a road game at Colorado State (March 9). Due to the unbalanced schedule, UNLV will play at Utah State (Feb. 2) but will not host the Aggies this season. The Rebels will also host Fresno State (Feb. 9) but not travel to Fresno for a return game.

UNLV went 20-13 last year and finished seventh in the Mountain West with a record of 8-10. The Rebels defeated Air Force in the play-in round of the MWC tournament before falling to top-seeded UNR, 79-74.

The full schedule:

UNLV Mountain West schedule 2018-19

Jan. 2 — vs. Colorado State

Jan. 5 — vs. Wyoming

Jan. 9 — at New Mexico

Jan. 16 — at Air Force

Jan. 19 — vs. San Jose State

Jan. 23 — vs. New Mexico

Jan. 26 — at San Diego State

Jan. 30 — vs. UNR

Feb. 2 — at Utah State

Feb. 6 — at Boise State

Feb. 9 — vs. Fresno State

Feb. 13 — vs. Air Force

Feb. 16 — at San Jose State

Feb. 20 — at Wyoming

Feb. 23 — vs. San Diego State

Feb. 27 — at UNR

March 2 — vs. Boise State

March 9 — at Colorado State

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