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Otzelberger knows getting Rebels back to NCAA tourney requires forward thinking

Steve Marcus

T.J. Otzelberger, UNLV's new men's basketball head coach pumps his fist during a news conference at the Thomas & Mack Center Thursday, March 28, 2019.

Otzelberger knows getting Rebels back to NCAA tourney requires forward thinking
Wed, Oct 16, 2019 (2 a.m.)
T.J. Otzelberger is a data-driven coach. He can cite, to the percentage point, the efficiency of a possession in which the offensive team gets the ball into the paint, just as he ...
Rebel basketball head coach T.J. Otzelberger is interviewed by media at Mendenhall Center at the UNLV campus, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019.
UNLV picked in bottom half of MWC preseason basketball poll
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
One thing T.J. Otzelberger won’t have to worry about in his first season as UNLV head coach is runaway expectations, as his Rebels were picked to finish seventh in the preseason Mountain West poll released on Tuesday ...
UNLV basketball players Amauri Hardy and Bryce Hamilton appear in an episode of the Las Vegas Sun web series "Take a Lap with Mike Grimala" on October 11, 2019.
Take a Lap: Awards season for UNLV's Amauri Hardy and Bryce Hamilton
Rebels basketball:
Friday, October 11, 2019
Welcome to the latest installment of “Take a Lap with Mike Grimala,” a video interview series that we hope becomes a regular trip to the fun side of UNLV sports. In this episode, UNLV basketball players Amauri Hardy and Bryce Hamilton accept a prestigious award and defend ...
Rebel basketball head coach T.J. Otzelberger is interviewed by media at Mendenhall Center at the UNLV campus, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019.
UNLV focusing on defense under T.J. Otzelberger
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
In a short amount of time, T.J. Otzelberger has built a name for himself as one of the country’s most innovative head coaches when it comes to putting the ball in the basket ...
Robert Smith, the point guard of the 1977 UNLV team that advanced to the Final Four for the first time in school history.
Runnin' Rebels great Robert Smith hospitalized
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
The UNLV sports family suffered a devastating blow last week when former basketball player and current radio broadcaster Robert Smith suffered a severe stroke. Smith, 64, was hospitalized on Oct. 1 and ...
Mbacke Diong (34) during the Runnin' Rebels Scarlet & Gray Showcase at Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019.
New coach means new role for UNLV big man Mbacke Diong
Monday, October 7, 2019
With T.J. Otzelberger bringing his high-powered offensive system to UNLV, much of the offseason focus has been on the Rebels’ outside-shooting prowess and the idea of spacing the court with small-ball lineups ...
Deja West tosses a baton during the Runnin' Rebels Scarlet & Gray Showcase at Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019.
Runnin' Rebels draw energy from preseason showcase
Sunday, October 6, 2019
The action on the court was a little confusing, but there was no mistaking the energy surrounding UNLV’s preseason showcase on Saturday. With rows of fans ringing a temporary court set up outside Sam Boyd Stadium, the new-look Rebels introduced ...
Donnie Tillman (2) goes for a lay up against Vitaliy Shibel (22) during practice at Mendenhall Center at the UNLV campus, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019.
NCAA rules Donnie Tillman eligible for 2019-20 season
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Last week, Donnie Tillman said he was praying that the NCAA would grant him a waiver to play this season. On Tuesday, he got his wish and is now eligible to suit up immediately for the Runnin’ Rebels ...
Rebel basketball head coach T.J. Otzelberger is interviewed by media at Mendenhall Center at the UNLV campus, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019.
UNLV gets commitment from juco guard Nick Fleming
Thursday, September 26, 2019
UNLV added to its already-sizable incoming Class of 2020 on Thursday, as junior college prospect Nick Fleming became the latest to commit to the Rebels. Fleming, a 6-foot point guard at Highland CC in Illinois , made the announcement via his Twitter account. As a freshman at Marshalltown CC last year, Fleming averaged 10.6 points and 2.7 assists per game. His reputation is as a defensive-minded guard who can hound opposing ball-handlers at ...
Donnie Tillman (2) goes for a lay up against Vitaliy Shibel (22) during practice at Mendenhall Center at the UNLV campus, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019.
UNLV transfer Donnie Tillman 'praying' for eligibility this season
Thursday, September 26, 2019
The Rebels were running at full strength during their first practice on Tuesday, but will the team have its full complement of players available when the season begins? That ...
Rebel players huddle around head coach T.J. Otzelberger at Mendenhall Center at the UNLV campus, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019.
Rebels push pace at first practice under T.J. Otzelberger
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
After UNLV’s first full preseason practice on Tuesday morning, the Rebels were talking fast. As in, this team is going to push the pace at every opportunity this season — even after the whistle ...
UNLV's Amauri Hardy (3) talks with Mbacke Diong (34) during a game against San Diego State Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at the Thomas & Mack Center.
New-look Runnin' Rebels ready for first practice of 2019-20
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
UNLV basketball will hold its first practice today, an occasion that marks the unofficial tip-off of the Rebels’ first campaign under head coach T.J. Otzelberger. The roster has changed dramatically since ...
Utah forward Donnie Tillman (3) celebrates with fans following a NCAA college basketball game against Washington State, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Salt Lake City.
Analysis: Versatility makes Donnie Tillman ideal fit at UNLV
Sunday, September 22, 2019
When UNLV landed a commitment from Donnie Tillman in July, it changed the trajectory of the Runnin’ Rebels’ offseason. While most expected the team to be competitive in T.J. Otzelberger’s first year, the addition of a player like Tillman ...
Nick Blair puts up the ball during an exhibition with the UNLV Runnin' Rebels and Lady Rebels in the parking lot of Sam Boyd Stadium before the UNLV-Air Force football game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018.
UNLV announces details for 2019 basketball showcase
Monday, September 16, 2019
Runnin’ Rebels fans will get a chance to see the 2019-20 squad for the first time when the basketball team holds its annual preseason showcase on Oct. 5 at Sam Boyd Stadium ...
T.J. Otzelberger, UNLV's new men's basketball head coach responds to a question during a news conference at the Thomas & Mack Center Thursday, March 28, 2019.
UNLV basketball sorting out eligibility for incoming transfers
Monday, September 9, 2019
The UNLV basketball program added six transfers in the first offseason under head coach T.J. Otzelberger, and now the Rebels are attempting to sort out which ...