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1. Viva Las Vegas, baby. Where else can you see pregame introductions featuring fireworks and flames shooting out of the shot clock as players come out on a red carpet? The band plays "Viva Las Vegas" leading into the infamous Reeeee-bels chant, members of the dance team make showgirls look like dogs and courtside seats have featured the likes of casino mogul Steve Wynn and other "Vegas celebrities." Hey, where else are you going to see a mobbed up casino owner cheering on his team?


2. Don't bring that weak stuff here, eh. After redshirting last season, Canadian-born Joel Anthony has provided plenty of thunder down in the blocks. Twice he's approached a triple-double in points, rebounds and blocks, coming up two points short against TCU. Over the course of the season he's had 10 games with at least four blocks, including a school record 12 in the TCU game.

3. Just Win, Baby. The UNLV basketball program has had tremendous success in its 48-year history and has left a high quality, although occasionally shady, imprint all over the record books. They're third in overall program winning percentage behind only Kentucky and North Carolina. They were the second winningest program of the '80s behind North Carolina and had the fourth-longest winning streak of all time from 1990-1991 at 45 games (we won't discuss the rumored thrown game that ended it). — David Fucillo

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