If you ask any of the UNLV basketball players when the last time their team was actually any good, they will probably not be able to answer that question. That is probably because most of them weren’t born when the team was last a top college basketball program.
The Runnin’ Rebels had a decent team in 2007 when they advanced to the Sweet Sixteen, but that was also the first time the team had made it past the second round since 1991. It was also the last.
According to College Basketball Talk, the Runnin’ Rebels released their non-conference schedule for the 2015-16 season. After looking at it, I feel 100 percent confident in saying if they play their cards right, the Runnin’ Rebels could get back to their former selves.
The Rebels open the season at home against Cal Poly on November 13. They then host New Mexico Highlands on November 16 and Southern Utah on November 18 before heading to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational.
This year’s Invitational is loaded with four teams who made the NCAA Tournament last season in Kansas, St. John’s, UCLA, and Indiana, as well as host Chaminade, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest That will surely be a tough test for the Rebels.
UNLV returns to the mainland and open December with a home game against Oregon, who also made the Tournament last season. UNLV travels to Wichita to take on the Shockers on December 9.
The Rebels close out their non-conference schedule with a home game against Arizona State and then a game on the road against Arizona. Their final game comes against South Dakota.
The Rebels have a tough road to get back to the NCAA Tournament. They have missed the last two tournaments after making six appearances from 2007-2013.
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