After getting bypassed by the 32-team National Invitation Tournament and with reports of friction in the locker room following Friday night’s 59-51 semifinal loss to San Diego State in the Mountain West tourney, UNLV has decided to end its basketball season.
It marks the first time since 2006 that the Runnin’ Rebels will not play in the postseason. UNLV finished 17-13 that year under Lon Kruger.
The Rebels (20-13) possibly could have likely played in either the CBI or CIT tournaments but according to prepared statements released by the school on Sunday night the decision was made to begin preparing immediately for the 2014-15 season instead.
“Coach (Dave) Rice and I discussed the other possible postseason opportunities but agreed that the best thing for our program right now is to start preparing for the 2014-15 season,” athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy said.
Said Rice: “It is difficult when a season ends short of reaching your goals. After meeting with our administration, we have decided that this is in the best interest of UNLV and the Runnin’ Rebel program. The best thing now is to focus on next year.”