Mountain West Spotlight: UNLV

June 22, 2012


UNLV Quick Facts
Location: Las Vegas, Nev.
Founded: 1957
Enrollment: 28,000
President: Dr. Neal J. Smatresk
Athletic Director: Jim Livengood
Colors: Scarlet and Gray
Nickname: Rebels

UNLV Rebels
UNLV Campus
Thomas & Mack Center
Mike Moser
2012 MW Newcomer of the Year
TMC-Interior UNLV-Logo UNLV Rebels

Sports Offered:
Men's: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis
Women's: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball

Home Venues:
• Football: Boyd Stadium (36,800)
• Men's Basketball: Thomas & Mack Center (18,500)
• Women's Basketball & Volleyball: Cox Pavilion (2,452)
• Baseball: Wilson Stadium (3,000)
• Softball: Eller Media Stadium (770)

MW Championships (not including tournament championships for those sports that crown both a regular season and tournament championship):
• Men's Swimming & Diving: 7 (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
• Women's Tennis: 3 (2003, 2009, 2011)
• Baseball: 2 (2003, 2005)
• Women's Swimming and Diving: 1 (2005)
• Men's Basketball: 1 (1999-00)

Distinguished Alumni:
• Shelley Berkley, U.S. Congresswoman
• John Ensign, former U.S. Senator
• Guy Fiere, Food Network Celebrity Chef
• Jimmy Kimmel, Comedian, TV host "Jimmey Kimmel Live"
• George Maloof - Chairman of Palms Casino Resort and owner of the NBA's Sacramento Kings/former Rebel defensive back
• Kenny Mayne, ESPN Talent/former Rebel quarterback

Top Athletes:
• Louis Amundson, NBA player
• Greg Anthony, former NBA player
• Randall Cunningham, former NFL QB, played in four Pro Bowls
• Lori Harrigan, three-time Olympic softball gold medalist
• Larry Johnson, 1992 NBA Rookie of the Year, two-time NBA All-Star
• Shawn Marion, NBA player
• Keenan McCardell, former NFL players, two-time Super Bowl Champion
• Adam Scott, eight-time PGA Tour Champion
• Reggie Theus, former NBA player and former head coach of the Sacramento Kings

Shining Moments:
• April 2, 1990: The UNLV men's basketball team wins the 1990 National Championship by defeating Duke 103-73 - the most lopsided title game in tournament history.
• 1997: Luke Smith won the NCAA Singles Championship and partnered up with Tom Blenkibon to win the NCAA Doubles Championship in tennis.
• 1987: Trena Hull wins the 1,000-meter at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
• 1984: Sheila Tarr wins the heptathlon at the NCAA Track & Field Championships.

Interesting Tidbits:
• The nickname "Rebels" was given to UNLV athletic teams because the school, emerging from the shadow of the University of Nevada, Reno, in effect "rebelled" against its bigger and older brother to the north.
• The men's basketball program has played in 19 NCAA Tournaments, reached the Sweet 16 10 times and made four Final Fours. The Rebels have had 13 players selected in the first round of the NBA Draft, including eight lottery picks, and 47 taken overall.
• Sam Boyd Stadium, the home of Rebel football, also hosts the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas and pitches the top choice from the Mountain West against the fifth pick from the Pac-12 Conference. Fresno State played in the 1999 Las Vegas Bowl at at Sam Boyd Stadium, falling 17-16 to Utah. Since Sam Boyd Stadium was built in 1971, Fresno State has a 5-3 record at SBS and is 5-2 vs. UNLV. The last time Fresno State played the Rebels in Las Vegas was in 1996, a 34-23 win. The Bulldogs have won their last four games against UNLV in Vegas.
• The UNLV tennis teams, both men and women, have reached a high level of success. They have produced two NCAA individual titles, 13 All-Americans, 10 conference championships, 12 league MVPs, one Mountain West Student-Athlete of the Year and 72 ITA Scholar Athletes. Rebel Tennis plays as the Fertitta Tennis Complex, which in 2005 was named one of the top 10 public tennis facilities by USA Today's travel section. The complex features 12 courts, a stadium club and seating for up to 2,000 people.

Fresno State-UNLV Classic:
On Feb. 19, 1984, Fresno State defeated fifth-ranked UNLV 68-43 at Selland Arena. The game was coined as the greatest game ever in Selland Arena, which housed the Bulldogs for 37 years from 1967-2003. The 25-point victory over the fifth-ranked Rebels that day remains as the largest Bulldog victory over a ranked opponent in program history and it is the second-highest ranked team that Fresno State has ever beaten.

Fresno State's largest victory over against a ranked opponent also came in that 1983-84 season, as the 'Dogs topped No. 3 Houston, 68-61 on Dec. 26, 1983. Houston, who was the eventual national runner-up to Georgetown that season, was led Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon, as part of the Phi Slama Jama.

That 1983-84 UNLV team was coached by Jerry Tarkanian, who was Fresno State's coach from 1995-02. The Rebels finished that season with a 29-6 record, while Fresno State went 25-8 and tied for the second-most wins in school history.

Also of Note: On March 19, 2006, Fresno State and UNLV met in the first round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament, with the Bulldogs women's basketball team prevailing 77-57 over the Rebels at the Save Mart Center.

Fresno State's Series History with UNLV
Sports Series Record Last Meeting
Football 11-4 Fresno State leads Oct. 25, 1997 - FS 46, UNLV 28 in Fresno, Calif.
Men's Basketball 27-6, UNLV leads Dec. 3, 2008 - UNLV 82, FS 76 in Fresno, Calif.
Women's Basketball 15-7, UNLV leads Jan. 6, 2012 - UNLV 73, FS 71 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Volleyball 4-2, Fresno State leads Sept. 16, 2011 - UNLV 3, FS 2 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Baseball 36-24, Fresno State leads May 16, 1999 - UNLV 6, FS 3 in Fresno, Calif.
Softball 47-11, Fresno State leads April 4, 2012 - UNLV 12, FS 2 (6 inn.) in Fresno, Calif.
Women's Tennis 8-7, Fresno State leads March 16, 2012 - FS 5, UNLV 2 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Men's Tennis 17-3, Fresno State leads Feb. 26, 2012 - FS 5, UNLV 2 in Fresno, Calif.



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