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Cinco de Starters-o: UNLV Rebels

This should be an odd sight, both the ‘Cats in the NIT and an ESPN-televised men’s game in Memorial. If you are just waking from a coma that originated in ’94, you will be roundly displeased at the recent occurrences.

(Yes, that’s Pitino. Yes, that’s Louisville. Yes, this is the NIT. Yes…oh, no, Rupp didn’t explode.)


#1 Wink Adams, 6’0”, G, Senior

2008-09 stats: 14.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg

Wink Adams

Why isn’t he winking in this picture? There is no good reason. This photo should be a wink and a point, end of story. Adams is UNLV’s leading scorer, and he had 26 in the team’s last game against San Diego State. He actually didn’t play in UNLV’s early season win at Louisville. He has been fairly inconsistent scoring and shooting beyond the arc, only making 27% of his threes.

#24 Rene Rougeau, 6’6”, G, Senior

2008-09 stats: 11.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg

René Rougeau

Tall guard, doesn’t shoot well, can score and rebound, though. In fact, Rougeau hasn’t made a three this year, and he’s only attempted 6. Prediction: Rougeau will make a three tonight.

#45 Joe Darger, 6’7”, F, Senior

2008-09 stats: 9.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg

Joe Darger

Great hair, Joe. I’m certain you have a fabulous sense of humor. Darger is a solid outside shooter, but he’s really struggled scoring in his last several games. However, he remains one of the top ten shooters in UNLV history.

#0 Oscar Bellfield, 6’2”, G, Freshman

2008-09 stats: 6.2 ppg, 3.3 apg

Oscar Bellfield

Bellfield has not played too well of late, though he was a pretty big recruit for Lon Kruger. He had a few big scoring outputs this season, but nothing substantial. He’s a solid perimeter shooter, hitting threes at a rate of 33%.

#33 Tre’Von Willis, 6’4”, G, Sophomore

2008-09 stats: 11.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg

Tre'Von Willis

Willis has been a solid scorer this year for UNLV, as well as a good shooter. He scored 22 in a January win over Utah, and he’s frequently in double figures. He had his first double-double in the team’s final game, going for 11 and 10.

Key Reserves:

Maraceo Rutledge, G, Senior: They apparently don’t use their bench too much, and they don’t really have big men. Oh, and this guy’s a good shooter.

Kendall Wallace, G, Sophomore: Also a good shooter.

Their tallest player is a 6’10” Swedish freshman that seldom plays…the game is at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN…’Cats are a 4 point favorite

Article written by Evan Hilbert