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2011 MWC Tournament

  • Instant Analysis: Rebels pushed around, embarassed in tourney loss

    March 18, 2011

    With less than two minutes remaining in the first half of the UNLV basketball team’s NCAA Tournament opener against Illinois, junior forward Chace Stanback aggressively drove the ball to the basket and scored while being fouled. He proceeded to convert the 3-point play, but it was too little too late as the Rebels were already trailing by 20 points. Yes, it was that bad, especially on the offensive end. UNLV went seven minutes without scoring a point in the first half, ultimately surrendering a 15-0 run during the drought in losing 73-62. In a nutshell, it was an ugly and embarrassing end to the season.

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    UNLV vs. Illinois

  • UNLV's Brice Massamba shoots video of teammate Oscar Bellfield while he is interviewed before practice at the BOK Center Thursday, March 17, 2011 in Tulsa. UNLV will take on Illinois in the second round of the NCAA basketball tournament on Friday.

    Illini brand name has UNLV’s attention entering NCAA tourney

    March 18, 2011

    TULSA, Okla. — He's college basketball's ultimate box of chocolates. When it comes to Illinois senior point guard Demetri McCamey, you never know what your'e going to get — it can be masterful, it can be rough or it can be somewhere in that vast gray area in between.

  • UNLV head coach Lon Kruger talks to guard Oscar Bellfield during a break in their Mountain West Conference Championship game against Air Force on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV won the game 69-53.

    Oscar Bellfield, UNLV out to avenge postseason setbacks in Tulsa

    March 17, 2011

    He's hit as many big, clutch shots as anyone in a UNLV uniform over the last seasons, but Oscar Bellfield took off for Tulsa, Okla., on Wednesday on a mission to remove a couple of thorns from his side.

  • Former Marquette freshman guard Reggie Smith watches UNLV warm up before their game against TCU Saturday, January 7, 2011 at the Thomas & Mack Center.

    UNLV redshirt Reggie Smith goes back a long way with Illinois freshman duo

    March 16, 2011

    While Reggie Smith was on his recruiting visit to UNLV after deciding to transfer from Marquette this winter, the Rebels' coaching staff had a unique selling point to throw at him. They told him that if he came, the first game he'd be eligible to play in during the 2011-12 season — following the conclusion of the fall semester — would be against Illinois at the United Center on Chicago's West Side. But what's tough on the redshirting freshman, a native of the Windy City's south suburbs, is that he won't be able to be on the floor for UNLV when it faces the Illini in Friday's NCAA tournament showdown in Tulsa, Okla.

  • UNLV basketball player Quintrell Thomas greets fans as the Rebels get ready to depart for Tulsa and the NCAA basketball tournament Wednesday, March 16, 2011.

    Rebels depart for tournament after spirited farewell event

    March 16, 2011

    Some of Chad Owens’ fondest childhood memories occurred at the Thomas & Mack Center while cheering for the UNLV basketball team. Owens, 31, is providing the same opportunity for his two young children, Tyson and Dillon. They were part of a group of about 100 fans gathered in the parking lot at the Thomas & Mack on Wednesday to send the team off to Tulsa, Okla., for the NCAA Tournament.

  • Former Findlay Prep standout and current Illinois guard D.J. Richardson drives past Utah's Luka Drca during the Las Vegas Invitational on Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, at the Orleans Arena.

    Tough season now includes shot at UNLV for former Findlay Prep star D.J. Richardson

    March 15, 2011

    D.J. Richardson always was and still is a Central Illinois kid at heart. Born and raised in one-time hoops hotbed Peoria, the 6-foot-3 guard now plays his college ball 90 miles southeast of his hometown at Illinois in rural Champaign.

  • Members of the UNLV men's basketball team celebrate as their name is announced in a tournament selection show being shown at the Cox Pavilion at UNLV Sunday, March 13, 2011. The No. 8-seeded Rebels will play No. 9 Illinois on Friday in Tulsa, Okla.

    Las Vegas sports books crown Ohio State as favorite

    March 13, 2011

    UNLV has opened as a 1-point favorite against Illinois in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Cantor Sports Books.

  • Members of the UNLV men's basketball team celebrate as their name is announced in a tournament selection show being shown at the Cox Pavilion at UNLV Sunday, March 13, 2011. The No. 8-seeded Rebels will play No. 9 Illinois on Friday in Tulsa, Okla.

    Dancing with old friends: UNLV’s NCAA draw includes Illinois, storylines galore

    March 13, 2011

    UNLV will be dancing with a few old friends this weekend when it makes its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in five years. The feeling at the Cox Pavilion among the UNLV players and coaches after it was announced Sunday that the Rebels drew a No. 8 seed and would face No. 9 Illinois in Tulsa, Okla., was a bit mixed.

  • Members of the UNLV men's basketball team celebrate as their name is announced in a NCAA tournament selection show being shown at the Cox Pavilion at UNLV on Sunday, March 13, 2011. The Rebels will play Illinois on Friday in Tulsa, Okla.

    Possibility of playing Kansas is again part of Selection Sunday

    March 13, 2011

    Players on the UNLV basketball team are starting to know how Bill Murray’s character felt in the movie “Groundhog Day.” Dazed and confused. Shocked. Back in the same spot it started and starting to believe it’s not a coincidence anymore. The Rebels again couldn’t get off the 8-9 bracket line for the NCAA Tournament, receiving a No. 8 seed in the Southwest Region to face Illinois on Friday in the 68-team field’s first game. If they win, the Rebels would likely play the region’s top seed, national power Kansas. Sound familiar?

  • Illinois senior point guard Demetri McCamey will lead the Illini against UNLV on Friday night in Tulsa, Okla., in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

    Illinois faces UNLV after frustrating season full of close calls

    March 13, 2011

    Illinois senior guard Demetri McCamey spent Sunday’s practice yelling and reminding his team of one simple message — play a full 40 minutes. The Fighting Illini have encountered problems closing out teams all season. They’ve lost seven games by five points or less and another in overtime, oftentimes after spending most of the contest ahead.

  • Kansas drew the top seed in the Southwest Region of the 2011 NCAA tournament, and should it get by No. 16 seed Boston University, will face the winner of Friday's battle between No. 8 UNLV and No. 9 Illinois in Tulsa, Okla., on Sunday.

    Breaking down the rest of UNLV’s pod in Tulsa

    March 14, 2011

    UNLV will head to its fourth NCAA tournament in the last five years later this week. The Rebels drew a No. 8 seed on Sunday and take on No. 9 Illinois this Friday night, and have an uphill climb ahead of them if they want to make it into the to the tourney's second weekend.

  • Members of the UNLV men's basketball team celebrate as their name is announced in a NCAA tournament selection show being shown at the Cox Pavilion at UNLV on Sunday, March 13, 2011. The Rebels will play Illinois on Friday in Tulsa, Okla.

    Rebels will open NCAA tourney Friday against Illinois

    March 13, 2011

    The UNLV basketball team received an at large bid Sunday to the NCAA Tournament, receiving a No. 8 seed in the Southwest Region.