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August 17, 2012

Rebels tip in Canada on Saturday

UNLV tips off the first of four exhibition games in Canada Saturday night against the Carleton Ravens, the two-time defending national champions of the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport).

The Runnin' Rebels, which traveled only 10 players, arrived in Canada Thursday night. Anthony Bennett (Fr., F), Khem Birch (So., F) and Roscoe Smith (Jr., F) are not participating in Canada. The Rebels will play four games in four days in two cities.

"I'll probably play four different starting lineups in the four games, but I also want to make sure I give guys adequate minutes for them to get a feel for what we are trying to do," Coach Rice told Rebel-Net.com.

With so many new faces on the floor, winning isn't the primary goal.

"We need to make sure our guys learn pace of play and style of play. It's critically important that we play hard on both ends of the floor," said Rice.

"We need to stay together and play together," he added. "One of the things we were proudest was our assist numbers from last year. That is symptomatic of a team that plays well together."

All four games will be available free of charge on UNLVRebels.com. How quickly after each game the videos are available depends on the logistics.

In addition to being available at UNLV's official site, Sunday's game against the University of Ottawa will be available live via an online stream. Scheduling and viewing details are listed below.

Please note: The times listed are LAS VEGAS times.

Date and Time (PST) Opponent Video Link
Saturday, August 18 4 am PST Carleton (in Ottawa) UNLV Official Site
Notes: Carelton was 28-0 last year, capturing the Canadian National Championship. They have won 8 of the last 10 Canadian National Championships.
Sunday, August 19 11 am PST University of Ottawa (in Ottawa) Canadian Stream
Notes: Dropped a 2 point game in an exhibition at UC Santa Barbara last season.
Monday, August 20 4 pm PST Laval University (in Montreal) UNLV Official Site
Notes: This game is tentative as the opponent, venue and time may change. The University of Quebec may be a late replacement.
Tuesday, August 21 4 pm PST McGill University (in Montreal) UNLV Official Site
Notes: The weakest of the four Canadian teams.

For more in-depth information, be sure to check out Rebel-Confidential.



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