UNLV men’s basketball schedule released

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Josh Baker (22) and Keshon Gilbert (10) huddle with Justin Webster (left) and David Muoka (12) for UNLV basketball during a timeout. Photo by Jordan Anders-McClain.

The full UNLV men’s basketball schedule is out after the Mountain West Conference announced its conference schedule last week.

UNLV begins its 18-game Mountain West schedule on the road at San Jose State on Dec. 28. The Runnin’ Rebels’ first conference home game will be on New Year’s Eve against San Diego State.

The Runnin’ Rebels will play each team in the Mountain West twice except New Mexico and the Air Force, who they will face off with only once. They will play at New Mexico on Jan. 7 and at home against the Air Force on Feb 25.

UNLV plays its in-state rival, UNR, at home on Jan. 28 and in Reno on March 4 in the final game of the regular season.

The non-conference schedule is a 12-game slate with seven home games and four neutral site games. UNLV announced its non-conference schedule earlier in August.

The Runnin’ Rebels open their second season under head coach Kevin Kruger at home against Southern University on Nov. 7. They will also play their next three games at home. 

Directly after the homestand they will compete in the SoCal Challenge in San Juan Capistrano. In the SoCal Challenge, the Runnin’ Rebels will play Southern Illinois on November 21 and either Cal Baptist or Minnesota based on the first round results.

UNLV’s lone true road game during the non-conference schedule is Dec. 3 at the University of San Diego.

In December, the National Finals Rodeo is at the Thomas & Mack, so the Runnin’ Rebels will play at the Dollar Loan Center in Henderson on Dec. 7 against Hawaii and the MGM Grand Garden Arena against Pac-12 opponent Washington State on Dec. 10.

The Runnin’ Rebels wrap up their non-conference schedule with Southern Mississippi on Dec. 22 back at the Thomas & Mack.

The Thomas & Mack is once again going to be the home of the Mountain West Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Tournament will take place from March 8-11, and the winner of the Tournament clinches an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

UNLV finished 18-14 last season, in fifth place in the Mountain West and fell to Wyoming in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Tournament. The Runnin’ Rebels went 2-1 in their three exhibition games in Canada last month.

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