San Diego, CA – The last undefeated team in Division 1 college basketball was upset in a shocking turn of events, as the 15-14 (10-6) Runnin’ Rebels of UNLV walked into the Viejas Center and shocked the entire landscape of college basketball defeating SDSU 66-63. The Rebels started off on fire in the first half and went up 12 at the half. San Diego State made an attempt in the second half but fell short after a couple of shots to tie the game didn’t drop. The Runnin Rebels were led by senior Elijah Mitrou-Long, who had 19 points after initially coming in off the bench. Amauri Hardy also chipped in a big 17 for UNLV. On the opposing side, Malachi Flynn scored 24 in a losing effort.
Players from the losing side voiced their frustration after the game. “It was a reality check that we’re not invincible,” Junior Matt Mitchell said postgame. “A loss is a loss. We can’t do anything about it. We’ve got to move on to the next game.” Leading scorer Malachi Flynn said, “We lost, and it’s the first time its happened so it doesn’t feel good.”
The Aztecs will likely still be in consideration for a one seed should they run the table in the Mountain West. They play host to Colorado State this upcoming Tuesday, while UNLV will go back home to play the Boise State Broncos.
Bracketology Effect: While a big win for the Rebels, they would need a win in the Mountain West tournament to have a spot. According to our Bracketologist, Jonathon Warriner, San Diego State remains a 1 seed.
Betting Effect: Covered: UNLV +13.5, Under 134