Mick Mack

11 Dec 18
Peace and Freedom

As the White House was scurrying for a second day in a search of a new chief of staff, author Chris Whipple said what many of us were thinking: “Why would anybody want to be Donald Trump’s chief of staff unless you want to steal the office supplies before they shut the place down?” It’s a completely […]

11 Dec 18
Fight to the Finish

The city of Cincinnati once again belongs to the Bearcats. Leading up to Saturday, I legitimately had no idea how the Shootout would play out. While both programs are in the midst of rebuilding seasons, I definitely thought Cincinnati had a more talented roster and were playing at a higher level than Xavier. On the […]

06 Dec 18
Las Vegas Review-Journal
#gallery-1465577-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1465577-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1465577-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1465577-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ The Thomas & Mack Center, built at a cost of nearly $30 million, opened in the summer of 1983 and underwent a major interior and exterior renovation in 1999. (Las Vegas Review-Journal File Photo) The yearly gathering of cowboys and cowgirls in Las Vegas will lasso traffic around the Thomas & Mack Center. The 60th annual National Finals Rodeo gets underway Thursday, meaning a total of 170,000 rodeo fans are expected to pack the Thomas & Mack over the 10-day event, with 40,000 of those being from out of state, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority said. With the influx of people in the area, traffic congestion on surrounding roads and possible parking issues for UNLV students could arise. The Thomas & Mack Center sits between Flamingo Road and Tropicana Avenue, which are both maintained by the Nevada Department of Transportation. Both roads are expected to be impacted by rodeo fans. “We anticipate heavy traffic around the Thomas & Mack due to the National Finals Rodeo,” said Tony Illia, NDOT spokesman. “Motorists should plan accordingly, budgeting additional commute time if passing through the Paradise Road corridor during those days, including East Tropicana Avenue and East Flamingo Road.” All roads leading into and out of Thomas and Mack Center will see traffic issues, according to the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada. The NFR festivities will begin each night at 6:45 p.m. and run through 9 p.m., but RTC officials said to anticipate traffic impacts on the main thoroughfares in the area: ■Tropicana Avenue, from Maryland Parkway to Paradise Road. ■Swenson Street, from Flamingo Road through the Airport Tunnel. ■Paradise Road, Flamingo Road through the Airport Tunnel. ■Harmon Avenue, Koval Lane to UNLV. “Drivers should be aware that there may be longer delays around Thomas & Mack during NFR,” said Zac Prudhomme, RTC spokesperson. During the second week of NFR, UNLV students will be taking finals for the fall semester. The lots around the Thomas & Mack are a popular area for UNLV students to park, as spaces closer to the Maryland Parkway end of the campus fill quickly and are tough to come by. Those spots are closed off to students while the NFR is in town. “It complicates it exponentially,” said Jenni Tifft-Ocho, a graduate student at UNLV. “We have to rearrange our schedules and routines during the most difficult two weeks of the semester.” Tifft-Ochoa, a Vista outstanding graduating UNLV senior in 2018, said the parking situation at UNLV isn’t ideal even on a normal day. “Day-to-day parking at UNLV is difficult on a good day and unbearable on a bad day,” she said. “In order to get a parking spot, students need to arrive on campus no later than 8 a.m. Special events complicate matters even more.” Paying $150 for a parking pass, only to struggle finding a spot due to the over sale of the passes on the predominantly commuter campus, doesn’t sit well with Tifft-Ochoa. UNLV’s Parking and Transportation Services insists there are enough parking spaces to accommodate students, faculty, staff and visitors, even during special events like NFR. The service strives to make parking as efficient and convenient as possible during NFR and communicates well in advance the parking impact with the campus, officials said. The service monitors parking lots during large events and peak times to ensure parking is available for all motorists at the university, officials said. “We understand that increased parking availability is very important to our students, and, though we have enough parking spaces to accommodate the needs of everyone on campus, we’re continually working toward expanding options for parking and transportation,” said Tony Allen, UNLV spokesperson. Students and visitors going to UNLV in the late afternoon or evening hours during NFR are urged to arrive early or consider the north and east sides of campus, where the University Gateway and Cottage Grove parking garages are located. “They are further removed from the Thomas & Mack and don’t tend to be as heavily impacted during these times,” Allen said. More NFR: Follow all of our National Finals Rodeo coverage online at reviewjournal.com/nfr and @RJ_Sports on Twitter. Contact Mick Akers at makers@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2920. Follow @mickakers on Twitter. [rjtemplate class=”rj-isidebar1-elem”] NFR traffic impacts National Finals Rodeo: Dec. 6-15 Daily hours: 6:45-9 p.m. Streets impacted: ■ Tropicana Avenue, from Maryland Parkway to Paradise Road. ■ Swenson Street, from Flamingo Road through the Airport Tunnel. ■ Paradise Road, Flamingo Road through the Airport Tunnel. ■ Harmon Avenue, Koval Lane to UNLV. [/rjtemplate]
06 Dec 18
Las Vegas Review-Journal
#gallery-1543784-2 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1543784-2 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1543784-2 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1543784-2 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ The Thomas & Mack Center, built at a cost of nearly $30 million, opened in the summer of 1983 and underwent a major interior and exterior renovation in 1999. (Las Vegas Review-Journal File Photo) The yearly gathering of cowboys and cowgirls in Las Vegas will lasso traffic around the Thomas & Mack Center. The 60th annual National Finals Rodeo gets underway Thursday, meaning a total of 170,000 rodeo fans are expected to pack the Thomas & Mack over the 10-day event, with 40,000 of those being from out of state, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority said. With the influx of people in the area, traffic congestion on surrounding roads and possible parking issues for UNLV students could arise. The Thomas & Mack Center sits between Flamingo Road and Tropicana Avenue, which are both maintained by the Nevada Department of Transportation. Both roads are expected to be impacted by rodeo fans. “We anticipate heavy traffic around the Thomas & Mack due to the National Finals Rodeo,” said Tony Illia, NDOT spokesman. “Motorists should plan accordingly, budgeting additional commute time if passing through the Paradise Road corridor during those days, including East Tropicana Avenue and East Flamingo Road.” All roads leading into and out of Thomas and Mack Center will see traffic issues, according to the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada. The NFR festivities will begin each night at 6:45 p.m. and run through 9 p.m., but RTC officials said to anticipate traffic impacts on the main thoroughfares in the area: ■Tropicana Avenue, from Maryland Parkway to Paradise Road. ■Swenson Street, from Flamingo Road through the Airport Tunnel. ■Paradise Road, Flamingo Road through the Airport Tunnel. ■Harmon Avenue, Koval Lane to UNLV. “Drivers should be aware that there may be longer delays around Thomas & Mack during NFR,” said Zac Prudhomme, RTC spokesperson. During the second week of NFR, UNLV students will be taking finals for the fall semester. The lots around the Thomas & Mack are a popular area for UNLV students to park, as spaces closer to the Maryland Parkway end of the campus fill quickly and are tough to come by. Those spots are closed off to students while the NFR is in town. “It complicates it exponentially,” said Jenni Tifft-Ocho, a graduate student at UNLV. “We have to rearrange our schedules and routines during the most difficult two weeks of the semester.” Tifft-Ochoa, a Vista outstanding graduating UNLV senior in 2018, said the parking situation at UNLV isn’t ideal even on a normal day. “Day-to-day parking at UNLV is difficult on a good day and unbearable on a bad day,” she said. “In order to get a parking spot, students need to arrive on campus no later than 8 a.m. Special events complicate matters even more.” Paying $150 for a parking pass, only to struggle finding a spot due to the over sale of the passes on the predominantly commuter campus, doesn’t sit well with Tifft-Ochoa. UNLV’s Parking and Transportation Services insists there are enough parking spaces to accommodate students, faculty, staff and visitors, even during special events like NFR. The service strives to make parking as efficient and convenient as possible during NFR and communicates well in advance the parking impact with the campus, officials said. The service monitors parking lots during large events and peak times to ensure parking is available for all motorists at the university, officials said. “We understand that increased parking availability is very important to our students, and, though we have enough parking spaces to accommodate the needs of everyone on campus, we’re continually working toward expanding options for parking and transportation,” said Tony Allen, UNLV spokesperson. Students and visitors going to UNLV in the late afternoon or evening hours during NFR are urged to arrive early or consider the north and east sides of campus, where the University Gateway and Cottage Grove parking garages are located. “They are further removed from the Thomas & Mack and don’t tend to be as heavily impacted during these times,” Allen said. More NFR: Follow all of our National Finals Rodeo coverage online at reviewjournal.com/nfr and @RJ_Sports on Twitter. Contact Mick Akers at makers@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2920. Follow @mickakers on Twitter. [rjtemplate class=”rj-isidebar1-elem”] NFR traffic impacts National Finals Rodeo: Dec. 6-15 Daily hours: 6:45-9 p.m. Streets impacted: ■ Tropicana Avenue, from Maryland Parkway to Paradise Road. ■ Swenson Street, from Flamingo Road through the Airport Tunnel. ■ Paradise Road, Flamingo Road through the Airport Tunnel. ■ Harmon Avenue, Koval Lane to UNLV. [/rjtemplate]
05 Dec 18
A Peak into the Mountain West

Nevada continues to separate themselves and show that they are a legitimate Final Four contender. Utah State rebounded after a tough loss to Arizona State, throttling a good UC-Irvine team by 24 points on the road. Beyond those two teams, the Mountain West appears to be wide open as the final non conference games are […]

02 Dec 18
Las Vegas Review-Journal
#gallery-1462714-3 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1462714-3 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1462714-3 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1462714-3 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ UNLV Rebels head coach Marvin Menzies reacts to a play against Valparaiso Crusaders during the second half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV kept edging closer and closer, throwing a scare into Cincinnati, but never catching the Bearcats. The Rebels fell behind early, and it set the tone for the rest of the game Saturday, forcing them into catch-up mode. Cincinnati made enough plays late to hold off the Rebels and win 65-61. “It always hurts to lose, obviously, especially because sometimes you feel like there were missed opportunities,” Rebels coach Marvin Menzies said. “I think this was one game that was a good opportunity on our schedule. We grew, but we just didn’t blossom. The rose just didn’t come out, but the plant. I’ll take that. We’re moving in the right direction.” UNLV’s loss allowed Bearcats coach Mick Cronin to leave the Thomas & Mack Center a winner. He was booed by numerous fans in the announced crowd of 9,572 before the game for spurning UNLV’s offer in 2016 to be its coach. Cincinnati (7-1) has won seven straight after opening the season with a 64-56 loss to Ohio State. The Bearcats have been to eight NCAA Tournaments in a row. This was a chance for UNLV (4-3) to register a momentum-building victory, especially since the Rebels now head on the road for the first time. They play at Illinois next Saturday. Amauri Hardy led the Rebels with a career-high 22 points, Kris Clyburn scored 12 and Bryce Hamilton 10. Keith Williams’ 15 points topped all Cincinnati scorers, and Cane Broome added 14. The Bearcats led from the start, their defensive pressure overwhelming UNLV at times in forcing the Rebels into eight turnovers in the first 10 minutes. UNLV settled down after that in committing six turnovers over the final 30 minutes, but Cincinnati established 12-point leads three times in the first half. UNLV never went on a massive run, but the Rebels had a series of short surges in the second half, getting to within a possession three times over the final 3:36. They trailed 59-56 with 1:45 left before Cincinnati pushed its lead back to seven points with 34 seconds remaining. “It’s a 40-minute game,” Hardy said. “We kept grinding and kept trying to pull out the win. We don’t want to give up. We don’t want to fall into their game plan of pressuring us and making us give up. So I think we great job tonight of continually fighting and for the most part getting it done.” More Rebels: Follow all of our UNLV coverage online at reviewjournal.com/Rebels and @RJ_Sports on Twitter. Contact Mark Anderson at manderson@reviewjournal.com. Follow @markanderson65 on Twitter.
02 Dec 18
Las Vegas Review-Journal
#gallery-1540297-4 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1540297-4 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1540297-4 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1540297-4 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ UNLV Rebels head coach Marvin Menzies reacts to a play against Valparaiso Crusaders during the second half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV kept edging closer and closer, throwing a scare into Cincinnati, but never catching the Bearcats. The Rebels fell behind early, and it set the tone for the rest of the game Saturday, forcing them into catch-up mode. Cincinnati made enough plays late to hold off the Rebels and win 65-61. “It always hurts to lose, obviously, especially because sometimes you feel like there were missed opportunities,” Rebels coach Marvin Menzies said. “I think this was one game that was a good opportunity on our schedule. We grew, but we just didn’t blossom. The rose just didn’t come out, but the plant. I’ll take that. We’re moving in the right direction.” UNLV’s loss allowed Bearcats coach Mick Cronin to leave the Thomas & Mack Center a winner. He was booed by numerous fans in the announced crowd of 9,572 before the game for spurning UNLV’s offer in 2016 to be its coach. Cincinnati (7-1) has won seven straight after opening the season with a 64-56 loss to Ohio State. The Bearcats have been to eight NCAA Tournaments in a row. This was a chance for UNLV (4-3) to register a momentum-building victory, especially since the Rebels now head on the road for the first time. They play at Illinois next Saturday. Amauri Hardy led the Rebels with a career-high 22 points, Kris Clyburn scored 12 and Bryce Hamilton 10. Keith Williams’ 15 points topped all Cincinnati scorers, and Cane Broome added 14. The Bearcats led from the start, their defensive pressure overwhelming UNLV at times in forcing the Rebels into eight turnovers in the first 10 minutes. UNLV settled down after that in committing six turnovers over the final 30 minutes, but Cincinnati established 12-point leads three times in the first half. UNLV never went on a massive run, but the Rebels had a series of short surges in the second half, getting to within a possession three times over the final 3:36. They trailed 59-56 with 1:45 left before Cincinnati pushed its lead back to seven points with 34 seconds remaining. “It’s a 40-minute game,” Hardy said. “We kept grinding and kept trying to pull out the win. We don’t want to give up. We don’t want to fall into their game plan of pressuring us and making us give up. So I think we great job tonight of continually fighting and for the most part getting it done.” More Rebels: Follow all of our UNLV coverage online at reviewjournal.com/Rebels and @RJ_Sports on Twitter. Contact Mark Anderson at manderson@reviewjournal.com. Follow @markanderson65 on Twitter.
29 Nov 18
Las Vegas Review-Journal
#gallery-1460828-10 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1460828-10 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1460828-10 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1460828-10 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Valparaiso Crusaders center Derrik Smits (21) turns for an offensive foul against UNLV Rebels forward Cheikh Mbacke Diong (34) during the first half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels forward Tervell Beck (14) and forward Cheickna Dembele (15) fight for the ball against Valparaiso Crusaders guard Markus Golder (5) during the first half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels forward Joel Ntambwe (24) goes up for a shot during the first half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels forward Tervell Beck (14) takes a shot against pressure from Valparaiso Crusaders guard Markus Golder (5) during the first half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels forward Cheikh Mbacke Diong (34) goes up for a basket against Valparaiso Crusaders during the first half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels guard Noah Robotham (5) takes a shot against Valparaiso Crusaders during the first half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels guard Kris Clyburn (1) takes a shot against Valparaiso Crusaders during the first half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels forward Shakur Juiston (10) dunks the ball for a score against Valparaiso Crusaders during the first half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels head coach Marvin Menzies reacts during a play against Valparaiso Crusaders in the first half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels guard Amauri Hardy (3) makes a pass under pressure from Valparaiso Crusaders center Derrik Smits (21) and guard Deion Lavender (2) during the second half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels guard Noah Robotham (5) takes a shot fore a score against Valparaiso Crusaders during the second half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels guard Noah Robotham (5) makes a pass against Valparaiso Crusaders guard Ryan Fazekas (35) during the second half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels guard Amauri Hardy (3) saves the ball from going out of bounds against Valparaiso Crusaders during the second half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels guard Kris Clyburn (1) looks for an open pass under pressure from Valparaiso Crusaders guard Ryan Fazekas (35) during the second half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels guard Kris Clyburn (1) goes up for a shot under pressure from Valparaiso Crusaders guard Ryan Fazekas (35) during the second half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels forward Shakur Juiston (10) takes a shot against Valparaiso Crusaders during the second half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels forward Tervell Beck (14) takes a shot against Valparaiso Crusaders center Derrik Smits (21) during the second half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels forward Tervell Beck (14) takes a shot against Valparaiso Crusaders during the second half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels forward Cheikh Mbacke Diong (34) is pressure by Valparaiso Crusaders guard Ryan Fazekas (35) and center Jaume Sorolla (14) during the second half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels head coach Marvin Menzies reacts to a play against Valparaiso Crusaders during the second half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels forward Shakur Juiston (10) looks for an open pass against Valparaiso Crusaders during the second half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels guard Trey Woodbury (22) looks for an open pass against Valparaiso Crusaders during the second half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels forward Cheickna Dembele (15) takes a shot against Valparaiso Crusaders during the first half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels forward Cheickna Dembele (15) looks for an open pass under pressure from Valparaiso Crusaders center Derrik Smits (21) during the first half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco Cheikh Mbacke Diong was glued to the bench with three fouls. UNLV was turning over the ball seemingly every other possession. And Valparaiso was running the Rebels off their own Thomas & Mack Center floor. This was not the way the Rebels wanted to head into the meat of their nonconference schedule, getting beaten 72-64 in a Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge game Wednesday night. “Seventy-points, and 49 were us not blocking out or throwing the ball away,” UNLV coach Marvin Menzies said. “You never want to knee-jerk off of games like this too early in the season because you want to stay the course, but you’ve got to figure out exactly what (the players need to know) on every single turnover and every single missed blockout. “The game slippage is extremely high right now with this young team, and that’s probably the most challenging thing as a teacher to watch the process in the early stages when you don’t have the result that you play for.” Valpo (4-3) took control with a 21-2 run that began late in the first half. By the time they were done, they had taken 46-37 lead. The loss ended a four-game winning streak for the Rebels (4-2). They next welcome Cincinnati to the Thomas & Mack on Saturday, a Bearcats team that advanced to the second round of last season’s NCAA Tournament. From there, UNLV plays at Illinois, against Brigham Young in T-Mobile Arena and then in the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. If the Rebels don’t come up with answers soon, this could be a long December for them. “It’s a tough loss for a host of reasons, but it’s by no means the season,” Menzies said. “We’ve got to make sure (the players) understand it’s a long journey, but it unfolds very quickly.” UNLV looked in control early, going on an 11-point run in the first half for a 31-20 lead. The Rebels made 15 of their first 21 shots, getting to the rim almost at will. They missed 33 of their final 45 attempts. “I feel we still got to the basket well, we just had trouble finishing,” UNLV guard Kris Clyburn said. “They did a pretty solid job, but at the end of the day, we’ve got to finish.” The Rebels were sloppy throughout, and it was a major part of their undoing. They committed 25 turnovers, repeatedly making errant passes that were easily deflected or intercepted. “Pretty much we turned the ball over ourselves,” UNLV forward Shakur Juiston said. “I don’t think they did anything that dictated us turning the ball over. We’re an unselfish team. We always look for the other guys, but at times we have to be 100 percent that the pass is there, and if it’s not and if we’re in scoring position, then just take the shot.” Juiston scored 14 points and had 19 rebounds, Clyburn scored 12 points, and Noah Robotham totaled 10 points. Derrik Smits, son of former Indiana Pacer Rik Smits, finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Crusaders. More Rebels: Follow all of our UNLV coverage online at reviewjournal.com/Rebels and @RJ_Sports on Twitter. Contact Mark Anderson at manderson@reviewjournal.com. Follow @markanderson65 on Twitter. [rjtemplate class=”rj-isidebar1-elem”] Three takeaways 1. Jovan Mooring is missed. UNLV fans might not have thought they would want the gunner in the lineup, but he was the one Rebel last season capable of putting the team on his back. No such player has emerged this season. The Rebels made 3 of 17 3-pointers against Valparaiso. That won’t get it done. 2. No answers for Derrik Smits. Except for a stretch by Mbacke Diong in the first half, the Rebels struggled to defend Smits, who had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Diong had a plus/minus rating of plus-8 in the first half, but minus-10 in the second. Cheickna Dembele had a minus-12 rating for the game. 3. Enter Mick Cronin. Cincinnati’s coach spurned UNLV’s offer in 2016, choosing to remain the Bearcats’ coach. He leads Cincinnati into the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday, but given the Rebels’ struggles and their trouble drawing crowds, it might not be the raucous atmosphere originally anticipated. [/rjtemplate]
29 Nov 18
Las Vegas Review-Journal
#gallery-1538035-11 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1538035-11 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1538035-11 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1538035-11 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Valparaiso Crusaders center Derrik Smits (21) turns for an offensive foul against UNLV Rebels forward Cheikh Mbacke Diong (34) during the first half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels forward Tervell Beck (14) and forward Cheickna Dembele (15) fight for the ball against Valparaiso Crusaders guard Markus Golder (5) during the first half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels forward Joel Ntambwe (24) goes up for a shot during the first half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels forward Tervell Beck (14) takes a shot against pressure from Valparaiso Crusaders guard Markus Golder (5) during the first half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels forward Cheikh Mbacke Diong (34) goes up for a basket against Valparaiso Crusaders during the first half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels guard Noah Robotham (5) takes a shot against Valparaiso Crusaders during the first half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels guard Kris Clyburn (1) takes a shot against Valparaiso Crusaders during the first half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels forward Shakur Juiston (10) dunks the ball for a score against Valparaiso Crusaders during the first half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels head coach Marvin Menzies reacts during a play against Valparaiso Crusaders in the first half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels guard Amauri Hardy (3) makes a pass under pressure from Valparaiso Crusaders center Derrik Smits (21) and guard Deion Lavender (2) during the second half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels guard Noah Robotham (5) takes a shot fore a score against Valparaiso Crusaders during the second half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels guard Noah Robotham (5) makes a pass against Valparaiso Crusaders guard Ryan Fazekas (35) during the second half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels guard Amauri Hardy (3) saves the ball from going out of bounds against Valparaiso Crusaders during the second half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels guard Kris Clyburn (1) looks for an open pass under pressure from Valparaiso Crusaders guard Ryan Fazekas (35) during the second half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels guard Kris Clyburn (1) goes up for a shot under pressure from Valparaiso Crusaders guard Ryan Fazekas (35) during the second half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels forward Shakur Juiston (10) takes a shot against Valparaiso Crusaders during the second half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels forward Tervell Beck (14) takes a shot against Valparaiso Crusaders center Derrik Smits (21) during the second half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels forward Tervell Beck (14) takes a shot against Valparaiso Crusaders during the second half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels forward Cheikh Mbacke Diong (34) is pressure by Valparaiso Crusaders guard Ryan Fazekas (35) and center Jaume Sorolla (14) during the second half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels head coach Marvin Menzies reacts to a play against Valparaiso Crusaders during the second half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels forward Shakur Juiston (10) looks for an open pass against Valparaiso Crusaders during the second half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels guard Trey Woodbury (22) looks for an open pass against Valparaiso Crusaders during the second half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels forward Cheickna Dembele (15) takes a shot against Valparaiso Crusaders during the first half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco UNLV Rebels forward Cheickna Dembele (15) looks for an open pass under pressure from Valparaiso Crusaders center Derrik Smits (21) during the first half of the basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco Cheikh Mbacke Diong was glued to the bench with three fouls. UNLV was turning over the ball seemingly every other possession. And Valparaiso was running the Rebels off their own Thomas & Mack Center floor. This was not the way the Rebels wanted to head into the meat of their nonconference schedule, getting beaten 72-64 in a Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge game Wednesday night. “Seventy-points, and 49 were us not blocking out or throwing the ball away,” UNLV coach Marvin Menzies said. “You never want to knee-jerk off of games like this too early in the season because you want to stay the course, but you’ve got to figure out exactly what (the players need to know) on every single turnover and every single missed blockout. “The game slippage is extremely high right now with this young team, and that’s probably the most challenging thing as a teacher to watch the process in the early stages when you don’t have the result that you play for.” Valpo (4-3) took control with a 21-2 run that began late in the first half. By the time they were done, they had taken 46-37 lead. The loss ended a four-game winning streak for the Rebels (4-2). They next welcome Cincinnati to the Thomas & Mack on Saturday, a Bearcats team that advanced to the second round of last season’s NCAA Tournament. From there, UNLV plays at Illinois, against Brigham Young in T-Mobile Arena and then in the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. If the Rebels don’t come up with answers soon, this could be a long December for them. “It’s a tough loss for a host of reasons, but it’s by no means the season,” Menzies said. “We’ve got to make sure (the players) understand it’s a long journey, but it unfolds very quickly.” UNLV looked in control early, going on an 11-point run in the first half for a 31-20 lead. The Rebels made 15 of their first 21 shots, getting to the rim almost at will. They missed 33 of their final 45 attempts. “I feel we still got to the basket well, we just had trouble finishing,” UNLV guard Kris Clyburn said. “They did a pretty solid job, but at the end of the day, we’ve got to finish.” The Rebels were sloppy throughout, and it was a major part of their undoing. They committed 25 turnovers, repeatedly making errant passes that were easily deflected or intercepted. “Pretty much we turned the ball over ourselves,” UNLV forward Shakur Juiston said. “I don’t think they did anything that dictated us turning the ball over. We’re an unselfish team. We always look for the other guys, but at times we have to be 100 percent that the pass is there, and if it’s not and if we’re in scoring position, then just take the shot.” Juiston scored 14 points and had 19 rebounds, Clyburn scored 12 points, and Noah Robotham totaled 10 points. Derrik Smits, son of former Indiana Pacer Rik Smits, finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Crusaders. More Rebels: Follow all of our UNLV coverage online at reviewjournal.com/Rebels and @RJ_Sports on Twitter. Contact Mark Anderson at manderson@reviewjournal.com. Follow @markanderson65 on Twitter. [rjtemplate class=”rj-isidebar1-elem”] Three takeaways 1. Jovan Mooring is missed. UNLV fans might not have thought they would want the gunner in the lineup, but he was the one Rebel last season capable of putting the team on his back. No such player has emerged this season. The Rebels made 3 of 17 3-pointers against Valparaiso. That won’t get it done. 2. No answers for Derrik Smits. Except for a stretch by Mbacke Diong in the first half, the Rebels struggled to defend Smits, who had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Diong had a plus/minus rating of plus-8 in the first half, but minus-10 in the second. Cheickna Dembele had a minus-12 rating for the game. 3. Enter Mick Cronin. Cincinnati’s coach spurned UNLV’s offer in 2016, choosing to remain the Bearcats’ coach. He leads Cincinnati into the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday, but given the Rebels’ struggles and their trouble drawing crowds, it might not be the raucous atmosphere originally anticipated. [/rjtemplate]
28 Nov 18
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28 Nov 18
Xavier Basketball Top Moments/Players

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