Welcome to the start of a unique UCLA basketball-football doubleheader! While the football team kicks off at 7:30 pm PT, the basketball team tips off at 2 pm PT.
The UNLV Runnin’ Rebels are led by first year head coach Kevin Kruger. He is the son of former UNLV and Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger.
The younger Kruger was hired to replace TJ Otzelberger, who left the school to take the job at Iowa State. So far, he has led the Runnin’ Rebels to a 4-2 mark this season. The team opened with three wins over Gardner-Webb, UC Berkeley, and North Dakota State. Then, last weekend, they lost to #4 Michigan and Wichita State before crushing Whittier College on Wednesday.
The Runnin’ Rebels will have start an experienced squad. Four of the five starters are either seniors or fifth year guys. Junior forward Donovan Williams is the only non-senior starting for the Rebels. Williams is second on the team in scoring with an average of 11.0 points per game, trailing senior Bryce Hamilton who leads the team with an average of 15.8 ppg. They are the only two Rebels averaging in double figures.
Williams is tied for the team lead in three-point shots made with senior guard Jordan McCabe. Both players have made nine treys, though McCabe’s 3-point percentage is slightly higher due to taking two few three-point attempts. McCabe leads the team in assists with 21 and he’s averaging just 8.8 ppg.
McCabe is tied for third on the team in scoring with transfer guard Michael Nuga who comes to UNLV from Kent State.
Kruger will start another transfer student at forward. Royce Hamm, Jr. joins the Rebels after coming over from Texas. He leads the team in rebounds with an average of 11.7 per game and is the only player on the team averaging more than 4.5 rpg.
Today’s game appears, on paper at least, to be just what the Bruins need to wake up from their Las Vegas funk from Monday and Tuesday. UCLA is the second Top Five team the Runnin’ Rebels play in just over a week. UNLV lost to Michigan at home last Friday, 74-61.
In the four games the Rebels have won, they haven’t really beaten a quality opponent. They edged UC Berkeley by three for their best win so far, but it’s been quite a while since you could call the Golden Bears a good team.
All of this would seem to indicate that UCLA should pick up a big win today. Hopefully, the Bruins come out and just take out their early week frustrations on
All I should need to tell you about today’s TV broadcast (assuming you can find it) is that UCLA hater Doug Gottlieb is one of today’s announcers. In Los Angeles, the game will be on KCALDT2 Channel 9.2, which is not available on most cable systems. But you can use the link above to try to find it.
In case that’s not enough for you, I’ll say that you should consider giving Josh Lewin a little love. Not only will Lewin be calling the Bruin radio broadcast for today’s basketball game in Las Vegas, but he will also be calling tonight’s football game from the Rose Bowl. That’s two UCLA games in two cities on the same day. That deserves some props.
TuneIn.com now has UCLA’s games listed as “premium” content. So, rather than using TuneIn, you can just listen through the official website like we have done with the small sports for a long time in order to listen to Josh Lewin and Tracy Murray call today’s game instead of Chris Hassel and UCLA hater Doug Gottlieb. Just be sure to right-click on it so that you can open up another tab and have it going while you chat in the comments below. Listen to today’s game online.
In the meantime, here’s how to watch today’s game:This is your #2 UCLA Bruins at UNLV Runnin’ Rebels game thread.
Opponent: UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (4-2)
Series Record: UCLA leads, 6-0
When: 2:00 pm PT, Saturday, November 27, 2021
Where: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV
TV: Stadium (KCALDT2 9.2 in Los Angeles) with Chris Hassel and Doug Gottlieb
Live Stream: WatchStadium.com and the Stadium app
Radio:AM 570 in Los Angeles with Josh Lewin and Tracy Murray
Live Stats: UNLV SideArmStats
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