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UNLV was the better team in the Las Vegas Invitational's championship game, and they accordingly won the tournament.
With 13 three-point shots made, 46 total rebounds and just three free throws missed, the Rebels simply played superior basketball.
UNLV is an underrated team and it showed.
Though neither team was technically the home team, UNLV traveled just a few miles to play at the Orleans Arena in Paradise, Nevada and brought their legion of passionate fans with them.
When all was said and done and UNLV had defeated No. 1 North Carolina, their fans rushed the court and celebrated with their hometown team.
When the Las Vegas Invitational began, it was North Carolina's tournament to lose and lose they did.
But this was also UNLV's tournament to win. With four out of five starters finishing with 13 or more points and two players recording double-doubles, the Rebels seized their opportunity Saturday night.
In beating a blundering North Carolina team, the Rebels established themselves as relevant and impressive in this early 2011-2012 college basketball season.
Fear not, fans, for North Carolina has a chance at redemption. The Tar Heels travel to Lexington on Dec. 3 to play Kentucky in an anticipated, early-afternoon thriller.
Now that UNC has lost, Kentucky may very well assume the No. 1 spot in men's college basketball.
If UNC is to make a name for itself this season just as UNLV has already done, the Tar Heels must find a way to defeat Kentucky next week.