UNLV Men’s Basketball vs. BYU

Runnin’ Rebels open home portion of MWC play.

The UNLV men’s basketball team opens its home portion of the Mountain West Conference season tonight with an 8 p.m. contest against Brigham Young at the Thomas & Mack Center.

The defending Mountain West champion Rebels sport a 12-4 overall record and 1-1 mark in conference play — having dropped a 65-53 decision at Air Force Saturday night, which stopped a five-game win streak.

UNLV, which is 8-2 at home this year, has three players averaging double digits in scoring with junior guard Wink Adams leading the way at 14.6 points per game. Junior Joe Darger, 12.0 ppg, is the team’s top rebounder, while senior Curtis Terry, 11.3 ppg, leads the Rebels in assists.

BYU (12-4 overall, 1-0 MWC) is undefeated at home, but only 2-2 in true road contests. The Cougars also have three players averaging double digits, with junior Trent Plaisted at the top of that list with 16.6 ppg.

Look for UNLV — which is 23-8 all-time in home conference openers, but only 3-5 in MWC openers — to connect on at least one 3-pointer. The Rebels hold the NCAA record for most consecutive games with a trey — 684 contests to be exact, dating back to the 1986-87 season when the NCAA adopted the shot.

However, UNLV isn’t exactly lighting it up from downtown this season. The Rebels are last in the Mountain West in 3-point accuracy at 31.8 percent.

Event posted: Jan. 14, 2008
Last updated: Aug. 11, 2008