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Dave Rice, Rebels hope to build on UNC win

Updated: November 28, 2011, 3:07 PM ET
By Andy Katz

Reggie Theus was a popular choice to replace Lon Kruger as UNLV's head coach before this season. Theus had the national name, the swagger, the style and the deep connection to the Rebels' initial burst onto the college basketball scene under Jerry Tarkanian.

But he wasn't the consensus choice within the school's athletic department. Athletic director Jim Livengood went with Dave Rice, a more introverted, less outspoken and more reserved coach.

Rice was a role player on UNLV's 1990 ...

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