UNLV Men's Basketball: Chace Stanback and Company Take Down No. 1 North Carolina

Joseph WatsonFeatured ColumnistNovember 27, 2011

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 26:  Chace Stanback (L) #22 and Carlos Lopez #11 of the UNLV Rebels celebrate with fans after UNLV's 90-80 win over the North Carolina Tar Heels during the championship game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational at the Orleans Arena November 26, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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I think the questions about UNLV basketball are beginning to be answered.

How is Dave Rice going to step in and succeed in the wake of Lon Kruger?

Who will replace Tre'Von Willis as poster boy?

How will UNLV fare with a team of newcomers and transfers?

Turns out they'll do just fine.

To beat UNC, one has to play 40 minutes of nearly flawless basketball and hope that they have an off night.  An off night for UNC was an 80-point output 2500 miles away from home.

A flawless game for UNLV was a 90-point explosion against the No. 1 team in the country.

Chace Stanback was phenomenal with 28 points and 10 rebounds as he looks to be the face of the Runnin' Rebels this year.  But he didn't do it alone.

Oscar Bellfield chipped in 16 points and nine assists as he hit some key shots at crucial moments.  UCLA transfer Mike Moser also added 16 points and 18 rebounds and Anthony Marshall had 13 points.

A team with three players boasting near double-doubles is going to be tough to beat.


UNC had a four-point lead at the half but was outscored 14-0 in the first few minutes of the second half.  Every time UNC clawed their way back into it, UNLV would hit an incredible fadeaway three-pointer, or a no-look pass right under the basket.

Even the nepotism-tainted NCAA referees couldn't hand this one to the Tarheels.

UNLV has a couple of should-wins before they play Wisconsin on Dec. 10.  That will be the Rebels' opportunity to show us this wasn't a fluke.

Until then it should be interesting to see where the Rebels end up in the rankings on Monday.