UNLV stayed close for about 15 minutes before things like forgettable shot selection and not being able to guard anyone and never getting to the rim painted an inevitable fate.
Ed Graney came to the Review-Journal in May of 2006 as its lead sports columnist. He has covered all major sporting events, including Super Bowls to NBA championships to every Final Four since 1995. Graney also covered the Olympic Games in Beijing (2008) and London (2012). A graduate of San Diego State University, he is a five-time Nevada Sportswriter of the Year and past winner of Associated Press Sports Editors Top 10 for columns. He and wife Bonnie have two children, a son (Tristan) and daughter (Bridget).
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.
Las Vegas is now 6-4 a season removed from being, well, 6-4 after 10 games.
Significant regular-season games and the Raiders have gone together the past two decades about as well as chili cheese dogs and red wine.
— The Rebels won’t play at Colorado State on Saturday while the Raiders placed seven more defensive players on the COVID-19 list.
The Raiders are rolling despite COVID-19 issues and mounting injuries, and their head coach deserves a massive amount of credit.
Raiders defensive line coach Rod Marinelli and his daughter, La Strega chef Gina Marinelli, on the similar qualities needed for success on the field and in the kitchen.
Mark Davis is excited about his team’s 5-3 record but knows well how fast things can change over 16 games.
Talking is a must in the middle of a defense, and Las Vegas wants even more of it from free-agent signing Nick Kwiatkoski.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden might have erred on the side of illogical Sunday, but his faith in a struggling defense paid off in a 31-26 win.
In a year when the NFL has added an extra wild-card spot, Las Vegas should compete for a playoff berth.