T.J. Otzelberger’s second season at UNLV begins Wednesday when the Rebels host Montana State in what will be a fanless Thomas & Mack Center because of the coronavirus pandemic.
UNLV women’s basketball has a new coach, a largely new roster and a new enthusiasm heading into its season opener Wednesday.
Fans won’t be allowed at the Thomas & Mack Center to start the basketball season, but they can still make their presence felt by purchasing a cutout.
The Lady Rebels, under first-year coach Lindy La Rocque, open the season at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Thomas & Mack Center against Northern Arizona.
The Rebels announced that they have received signed letters of intent from point guards Zaon Collins and Keshon Gilbert of Las Vegas and forward Arthur Kaluma of Arizona.
Former Durango High standout Lindy La Rocque will coach her first UNLV women’s basketball game against Northern Arizona at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
There will be no fans the rest of the football season at Allegiant Stadium, or at Thomas and Mack Center or Cox Pavilion to start the basketball season.
The UNLV women’s basketball team signed five players in the early signing period, including two ranked in the top 70 nationally, in coach Lindy La Rocque’s first class.
Bishop Gorman boys guard Zaon Collins will play at UNLV, Gaels boys guard Will McClendon will head to UCLA and Centennial girls guard Taylor Bigby will go to Oregon.
San Diego State is favored to win the title, but Boise State, Utah State and even UNLV might have something to say about that. And the pandemic could disrupt the season, too.
The Rebels’ hopes will largely hinge on the play of a talented group of guards that should form one of the Mountain West’s most well-rounded backcourts.
The Rebels are hoping to take strides after coach T.J. Otzelberger reshaped the roster significantly. Just three veterans return, and the team has six scholarship freshmen.
The Mountain West announced changes to its schedule Monday that affect UNLV basketball.