2009–10 UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball team

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2009–10 UNLV Rebels men's basketball
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NCAA Tournament, First Round
Conference Mountain West Conference
2009–10 record 25–9 (11–5 Mountain West)
Head coach Lon Kruger
Assistant coach Greg Grensing
Assistant coach Steve Henson
Assistant coach Lew Hill
Home arena Thomas & Mack Center
Seasons
« 2008–09 2010–11 »
2009–10 Mountain West Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#8 New Mexico 14 2   .875     30 5   .857
#17 BYU 13 3   .813     30 6   .833
UNLV 11 5   .688     25 8   .758
San Diego State 11 5   .688     25 9   .735
Colorado State 7 9   .438     16 16   .500
Utah 7 9   .438     14 17   .452
TCU 5 11   .313     13 19   .406
Wyoming 3 13   .188     10 21   .323
Air Force 1 15   .063     10 21   .323
2010 MWC Men's Basketball Tournament winner
As of March 20, 2010; Rankings from AP/Coaches Poll

The 2009–10 UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball team represented the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The team was coached by Lon Kruger, returning for his sixth year with the Runnin' Rebels. They played their home games at the Thomas & Mack Center on UNLV's main campus in Paradise, Nevada and are a member of the Mountain West Conference. The Runnin' Rebels finished the season 25–9, 11–5 in MWC play. They advanced to the championship game of the 2010 Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament before losing to San Diego State. They received an at–large bid to the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, earning an 8 seed in the Midwest Region, where they lost to 9 seed Northern Iowa in the first round.

Preseason[edit]

Recruiting[edit]

Coach Lon Kruger signed a three-man class for 2009, including the #4 ranked prospect out of Nevada (#66 Rivals, #80 Scout, #85 ESPN), shooting guard Anthony Marshall of North Las Vegas, power forward Carlos Lopez of Henderson and shooting guard Justin Hawkins out of Woodland Hills, California. UNLV also signed power forward Quintrell Thomas, who transferred to UNLV from Kansas.

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Anthony Marshall
SG
North Las Vegas, Nevada Mojave (NV) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Aug 14, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 91
Carlos Lopez
PF
Lajas, Puerto Rico Findlay College Prep (NV) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Mar 25, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 89
Justin Hawkins
SG
Woodland Hills, California Taft (CA) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Sep 30, 2007 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 80
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Season[edit]

Non-conference schedule[edit]

On November 28, 2009, the team defeated #16 Louisville and became ranked nationally the following week.[1][2] After defeating Arizona in double overtime, 74–72, on December 2, 2009, UNLV marked their first 6–0 start since the 1992–93 season and defeated Santa Clara on December 5 to move to 7–0, their best start since going 34–0 in 1990–91 and losing to Duke in the Final Four.[3] UNLV would raise to #17/18 by the time they took on Kansas State on a neutral court at the Orleans Arena. As in the previous two games, UNLV's sloppy first half play allowed their opponent to jump to an early lead. Unlike in the games against Arizona and Santa Clara, UNLV was unable to move back in front and would lose their first game of the season, 95–80.[4] UNLV's loss to Kansas State would drop them to #23 in the Coaches poll and knock them out of the AP poll all together.[5] The Runnin' Rebels were able to rebound from the loss with a road win at Southern Utah,[6] and home wins against Weber State[7] and South Carolina – Upstate, before heading to Hawai'i for the inaugural Diamond Head Classic.[8]

The Runnin' Rebels would enter the tournament only ranked in the coaches poll at #20.[9] UNLV's first game of tournament would come against SMU. UNLV took control of the game quickly, sprinting out to an 18–4 lead within mere minutes of tip off and never looked back in a 67–53 victory.[10] In the tournament's semifinal, the Rebels would face the tournament host, Hawai'i. Thanks to a relentless defense, UNLV was able to take Hawai'i out of the game early en route to a 77–53 victory, advancing UNLV to the Diamond Head Classic finals versus Southern California.[11] UNLV's offensive might that had helped them to big early leads against SMU and Hawai'i was silenced by a tough USC defense. The Trojans were able to keep the Rebels at bay for most of the game and came away with the 67–56 win and the Diamond Head Classic title.[12] The loss to Southern California would knock UNLV out of the Coaches poll.[13]

Conference schedule[edit]

After eleven days off, UNLV began conference play against #23/25 BYU at the Marriott Center in Provo. Despite leading the Cougars for much of the game, including a six-point lead with less than six minutes to play. Late miscues would doom the Runnin' Rebels, leading to a 77–73 defeat to BYU.[14] The following Saturday, UNLV would travel to The Pit to take on the #13/15 New Mexico Lobos. UNLV was able to keep the sell-out crowd of 14,586 quiet for most of the game, beginning by forcing New Mexico into two turnovers on their first two possessions of the game and jumping to a 9–2 lead. New Mexico would come back, taking over the lead twice in the game, but sophomore guard Kendall Wallace would pace the Rebels, going 7 of 10 on three pointers as UNLV upset New Mexico 74–62.[15] The Runnin' Rebels had their conference home opener against San Diego State, a team that swept UNLV in their three meetings the previous season. The first half of the game belonged to the bigger and athletically stacked SDSU, taking a 39–33 halftime lead. The Runnin' Rebels however, were able to take control in the second half and came away with a hard fought 76–66 victory over their rival to improve to 2–1 in the Mountain West and 14–3 overall.[16]

However, thing soon went downhill as UNLV fell to Utah at home, 73–69. The Rebels rebounded and won in both Colorado State and TCU. Returning home, UNLV came from behind to beat Air Force, 60–50.

Roster[edit]

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous school
0 Oscar Bellfield 6'2" 185 G So. Los Angeles, CA Westchester HS
1 Quintrell Thomas† 6'8" 245 F So. Newark, NJ Kansas
2 Kendall Wallace 6'4" 190 G Jr. Mesa, AZ Mountain View HS
3 Anthony Marshall 6'3" 200 G Fr. Las Vegas, NV Mojave HS
5 Derrick Jasper 6'6" 215 G Jr. Paso Robles, CA Kentucky
10 Tyler Norman 6'0" 190 G Jr. Las Vegas, NV Iowa State
11 Carlos Lopez 6'11" 215 F Fr. Lajas, Puerto Rico Findlay Prep
12 Brice Massamba 6'10" 240 F/C So. Sodertalje, Sweden Findlay Prep
14 Todd Hanni 6'4" 215 G So. Danville, IN Wabash Valley
15 Mychal Martinez 6'5" 205 F Jr. Las Vegas, NV Yavapai
20 Steve Jones 6'1" 220 G Sr. Portland, OR Arizona State
22 Chase Stanback 6'8" 210 G/C So. Los Angeles, CA UCLA
31 Justin Hawkins 6'3" 190 G Fr. Los Angeles, CA Taft HS
33 Tre'Von Willis 6'4" 195 G Jr. Fresno, CA Memphis
34 Matt Shaw 6'8" 240 F Jr. Los Angeles, CA Fairfax HS
44 Darris Santee 6'8" 225 F Sr. Houston, TX Midland

Notes: † – denotes the player must sit out the 2009–10 season per NCAA transfer rules.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week. RV–Received Votes
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Final
AP RV 24 18 RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 23 RV RV RV RV RV RV
Coaches RV RV RV 21 17 23 20 RV RV RV RV RV RV 25 RV RV RV RV RV RV

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
11/10/2009*
7:00 PM
Washburn W 62–52 
Thomas & Mack Center (10,238)
Las Vegas, NV
Regular season
11/14/2009*
7:00 PM
Pittsburg State W 92–51  1–0
Thomas & Mack Center (14,304)
Las Vegas, NV
11/18/2009*
7:30 PM, The Mtn.
Nevada W 88–75  2–0
Thomas & Mack Center (13,113)
Las Vegas, NV
11/21/2009*
7:00 PM
Southern Illinois
MWC–MVC Challenge
W 78–69  3–0
Thomas & Mack Center (11,651)
Las Vegas, NV
11/25/2009*
7:00 PM
Holy Cross W 80–59  4–0
Thomas & Mack Center (10,946)
Las Vegas, NV
11/28/2009*
1:00 PM, Versus
#16 Louisville W 76–71  5–0
Thomas & Mack Center (14,390)
Las Vegas, NV
12/02/2009*
6:00 PM, FSAZ
#23 at Arizona W 74–72 2OT 6–0
McKale Center (13,485)
Tucson, AZ
12/05/2009*
7:00 PM
#23 at Santa Clara W 66–63  7–0
Leavey Center (2,064)
Santa Clara, CA
12/12/2009*
4:00 PM, FSKC
#18 vs. Kansas State L 80–95  7–1
Orleans Arena (8,320)
Las Vegas, NV
12/15/2009*
6:00 PM
at Southern Utah W 77–59  8–1
Centrum Arena (4,331)
Cedar City, UT
12/17/2009*
7:00 PM
Weber State W 72–63  9–1
Thomas & Mack Center (15,715)
Las Vegas, NV
12/19/2009*
7:00 PM
South Carolina-Upstate W 88–58  10–1
Thomas & Mack Center (11,300)
Las Vegas, NV
12/22/2009*
7:30 PM, ESPNU
vs. SMU
Diamond Head Classic Quarterfinals
W 67–53  11–1
Stan Sheriff Center (7,119)
Honolulu, HI
12/23/2009*
8:30 PM, ESPN2
at Hawai'i
Diamond Head Classic semifinals
W 77–53  12–1
Stan Sheriff Center (6,416)
Honolulu, HI
12/25/2009*
6:30 PM, ESPN2
vs. USC
Diamond Head Classic finals
L 56–67  12–2
Stan Sheriff Center (6,172)
Honolulu, HI
01/06/2009
7:00 PM, The Mtn.
at #25 BYU L 73–77  12–3 (0–1)
Marriott Center (15,546)
Provo, UT
01/09/2010
1:00 PM, Versus
at #15 New Mexico W 74–62  13–3 (1–1)
The Pit (14,586)
Albuquerque, NM
01/13/2010
7:00 PM, CBSCS
San Diego State W 76–66  14–3 (2–1)
Thomas & Mack Center (14,530)
Las Vegas, NV
01/16/2010
7:00 PM, CBSCS
Utah L 69–73  14–4 (2–2)
Thomas & Mack Center (16,594)
Las Vegas, NV
01/20/2010
7:00 PM, The Mtn.
at Colorado State W 80–72  15–4 (3–2)
Moby Arena (4,353)
Fort Collins, CO
01/23/2010
3:00 PM, CBSCS
at TCU W 79–70  16–4 (4–2)
Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (4,270)
Fort Worth, TX
01/26/2010
7:30 PM, The Mtn.
Air Force W 60–50  17–4 (5–2)
Thomas & Mack Center (14,175)
Las Vegas, NV
02/03/2010
7:00 PM, The Mtn.
at Wyoming W 78–50  18–4 (6–2)
Arena-Auditorium (4,718)
Laramie, WY
02/06/2010
1:00 PM, Versus
#12 BYU W 88–74  19–4 (7–2)
Thomas & Mack Center (18,557)
Las Vegas, NV
02/10/2010
8:00 PM, CBSCS
#23 #15 New Mexico L 66–76  19–5 (7–3)
Thomas & Mack Center (18,044)
Las Vegas, NV
02/13/2010
1:00 PM, Versus
#23 at San Diego State L 58–68  19–6 (7–4)
Viejas Arena (9,224)
San Diego, CA
02/17/2010
7:00 PM, The Mtn.
at Utah L 61–66  19–7 (7–5)
Jon M. Huntsman Center (9,122)
Salt Lake City, UT
02/20/2010
3:00 PM, CBSCS
Colorado State W 70–39  20–7 (8–5)
Thomas & Mack Center (13,626)
Las Vegas, NV
02/24/2010
8:00 PM, The Mtn.
TCU W 78–62  21–7 (9–5)
Thomas & Mack Center (11,408)
Las Vegas, NV
02/27/2010
12:30 PM, The Mtn.
at Air Force W 77–47  22–7 (10–5)
Clune Arena (2,430)
Colorado Springs, CO
03/06/2010
1:00 PM, Versus
Wyoming W 74–56  23–7 (11–5)
Thomas & Mack Center (14,116)
Las Vegas, NV
2010 Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
03/11/2010
8:30 PM, The Mtn.
vs. Utah
Quarterfinals
W 73–61  24–7
Thomas & Mack Center (12,405)
Las Vegas, NV
03/12/2010
8:30 PM, CBSCS
vs. #14 BYU
Semifinals
W 70–66  25–7
Thomas & Mack Center (18,500)
Las Vegas, NV
03/13/2010
4:00 PM, Versus
vs. San Diego State
Championship Game
L 45–55  25–8
Thomas & Mack Center (12,728)
Las Vegas, NV
2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
03/18/2010*
4:10 PM, CBS
vs. #24 Northern Iowa
First round
L 66–69  25–9
Ford Center (N/A)
Oklahoma City, OK
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll/Coaches' Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Pacific Time.

References[edit]

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