Forward Mike Moser and the UNLV Runnin' Rebels drew a No. 5 seed in the NCAA tourney despite losing against New Mexico in the Mountain West tournament final. (Steve Spatafore/ Las Vegas News Bureau)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
University of Nevada, Las Vegas drew a familiar foe when its men's basketball team learned of its at-large placement in the NCAA tournament on Sunday.
The Runnin' Rebels earned a No. 5 seed in the East Region of the 68-team field and were slated a Second Round game on Thursday against No. 12 seeded University of California Golden Bears.
The game is scheduled for a 4:27 p.m. PDT tip-off in San Jose, Calif. The game will air on cable network truTV.
UNLV's athletics department noted the No. 5 seed is the highest the men's team has earned since its undefeated No. 1 ranking in 1991's tournament.
The team also faces a rematch of a regular season opponent in the Second Round game. UNLV beat the Golden Bears on Dec. 9, 76-75, on Cal's home floor.
The win, though, came at a cost with forward Mike Moser going down with an injury.
UNLV owns a 5-1 all-time record over Cal.
UNLV also drew the second-highest ranking among the five Mountain West schools that earned bids on Sunday. No. 3 New Mexico is the highest seeded conference school after beating the Runnin' Rebels on Saturday in the Mountain West tournament final.
The NCAA tournament begins with the "First Four" in Dayton, Ohio on Tuesday featuring eight teams in play-in games to the field. Among those teams in the official First Round of the tournament is fellow Mountain West member Boise State, which earned one of the last four at-large spots in the tournament. The No. 13 Broncos take on La Salle University on Wednesday.
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