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Rebels season officially starts Tuesday with new head coach T.J. Otzelberger

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Posted at 11:38 AM, Nov 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-04 21:14:36-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The UNLV men's basketball team kicks off its regular season under new head coach T.J. Otzelberger Tuesday night.

Tuesday's contest marks the Runnin' Rebels' first official game with Otzelberger at the helm.

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The Rebels will face Purdue Fort Wayne at 7 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center with tickets to the season opener starting at $13.

UNLV returns two starters from last year's team, which went 17-14 and tied for fourth in the Mountain West at 11-7, along with five other Runnin' Rebel Letterwinners.

Otzelberger has also welcomed five new student-athletes this season, along with two NCAA Division I transfers who are redshirting.

The Runnin' Rebels' leading returning scorer from last season is junior guard Amauri Hardy (13.1 ppg), while junior forward Mbacke Diong is the team's returning leading rebounder (6.8 rpg).

Purdue Fort Wayne was 18-15 overall last year and tied for third in the Summit League at 9-7.

UNLV handled West Coast Baptist 112-54 in its exhibition game on Oct. 25, and new junior guard Jonah Antonio led the team with 23 points.

Ticket options are available here and the game with also be streamed on