The UNLV team has a tough slate this season, with many games jumping out as big time match ups.
Here are the biggest games on the Rebels 2011-12 schedule.
Nov. 14 vs. Nevada-Reno
The annual interstate rivalry game is always a fan favorite. Although Nevada-Reno lost by 22 at home to Missouri State in their home opener, don't think they won't put up a fight against UNLV.
Nevada-Reno was the preseason favorite to win the WAC, so their terrible showing last week could just be a blip on the radar.
Look for UNLV to continue their five-game win streak in the rivalry at home in the comfy confines of the Thomas and Mack Center.
Nov. 25 vs. USC
Despite an expected down year, whenever UNLV faces off with a big name school, it is imperative they have a strong showing to cushion their RPI to help them come March.
USC was picked to finish seventh in the Pac-12, but don't think the'll just lay down without a fight. Expect a closer-than-expected game.
(tentative) Nov. 26 vs No. 1 North Carolina
If the Rebels can get by USC and North Carolina can get by South Carolina on the first day of the Las Vegas Invitational, the two teams will meet on Saturday Nov. 26, obviously giving the Rebels their toughest test of the 2011-12 season.
The game would provide a great chance to find out just where the Rebels are as far as how their game stacks up against elite-tier teams in college basketball, as UNLV is expected to compete with the top teams going forward.
Dec. 10 at Wisconsin
No. 14 ranked Wisconsin will be one of the toughest road dates on UNLV's schedule outside of their Feb. 18 game at the Pit against New Mexico.
The Rebels squeaked out a 68-65 win last year at the Thomas and Mack, and Wisconsin will look to return the favor. UNLV returns most of the key players in that game, so a close game should be expected again this year, with the outcome being too close to call.
Dec. 23 vs. No. 23 California
Coming of their 81-54 blowout of George Washington in their second win of the season, the No. 23-ranked California Golden Bears will offer UNLV a tough test at home. Look for UNLV to match up well with Cal and use their hometown support to push them over the edge in this one.
Feb. 8 at New Mexico
If all goes right, by this time, both UNLV and New Mexico should be top 25 ranked teams, making their showdown at the make all the more important.
The game will be the second ever Mountain West game to be televised on CBS, and will help decide who wins the Mountain West regular season title, as UNLV and New Mexico are the top two favorites to take the Mountain West crown.
Last year, UNLV won both times the two teams met up and will do themselves a big favor doing the same this year, giving them two full games over New Mexico in the standings.
New Mexico forward Drew Gordon was a force down low last season, and this season, UNLV newcomer Mike Moser will make for a great match up between the two UCLA transfers.
Look for two knock-down-drag-out games this year, which will be decided in the final minutes of play.