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Rebels can thank "Panda" for helping land Kruger

Originally Published: January 5, 2007
By Ed Graney | Special to ESPN.com

The UNLV basketball team has won 10 straight and is 14-2 overall. It owned a top-10 RPI earlier this week and plays at Air Force on Saturday in a game pitting the two best Mountain West Conference teams, by far, so far this season. The Rebels have done nothing to make you think the program won't make its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2000.

In a large way, UNLV can thank one individual for its extraordinary beginning: some guy nicknamed Panda.

His real name is Rob Kral, and as ...

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