SAN JOSE – Quintrell Thomas is one of three UNLV seniors who will be playing in their final NCAA Tournament beginning Thursday night (4:27 p.m., truTV) here at HP Pavilion.
It seems only fitting that it is a rematch against California.
It was Thomas who scored the game-winning basket in the first meeting between the two schools back on Dec. 9 in Berkeley. The 6-foot-8, 245-pound forward snatched an air-ball by point guard Anthony Marshall and laid it in with 1.2 seconds remaining to give UNLV a 76-75 victory.
For those who might have missed it the first time, check out the highlight video below.
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Thomas and fellow seniors Marshall and Justin Hawkins are hoping for similar results in the rematch. Marshall and Hawkins will be playing in their fourth straight NCAA tournament with UNLV (25-9) but have yet to win a game.
Thomas, who transferred to UNLV after playing in 26 games on a Kansas squad that won the 2009 national championship, says he knows getting past the Bears (20-11) won’t be easy.
“Being I had to make a buzzer-beater (to win the first meeting) shows the type of team they are,” Thomas said. “We barely got out of there alive.”
Hear more from Thomas on playing Cal again in the video below.