UNLV will host Omaha in 2021

UNLV will be making up a game missed by the pandemic, as Omaha will be back on the schedule. 

Prior to the 2020-21 college basketball season being interrupted by COVID-19, UNLV was going to host Omaha on December 19, 2020. Now the two teams will square off on December 15, 2021, according to Rocco Miller

Omaha went 5-20 last year and ranked 300th in Ken Pom. Omaha jumped up to Division I in 2011-12, but has never had a team ranked higher than 148th in Ken Pom. But prior to last season’s 5-win mark, the Mavericks were 37-27 over the previous two years. 

We now know seven of UNLV’s non-conference games. 

Home games: UCLA, Cal, Omaha

Road games: SMU, San Francisco

Neutral site: MGM Main Event (2 of Michigan, Arizona and Wichita State)

If the Mountain West reverts to an 18-game conference schedule, UNLV will be able to add six more games. If the conference stays with the 20-game slate from last season, Kevin Kruger will only have four more slots to fill. 

Omaha is a schedule home win, but the rest of the schedule looks solid. UNLV still needs to add another quality opponent or two to give themselves the best shot at making the NCAA Tournament. 

But there will be a few more scheduled wins like Omaha. 

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