Two yet-to-be selected students will get to cut next semester’s tuition out of their budgets, all for the very small price of the free student admission into this Saturday's Men’s Basketball Game against UNLV, where Head Coach Nick Robinson and his Men’s Basketball Program will sponsor two scholarship drawings for students in the audience at the game.
Two $3,000 scholarships, one for male students and the other for their female counterparts, will be awarded during the SUU vs. UNLV match-up.
In its final non-conference home game, the Thunderbirds will take on the Las Vegas Rebels at 5 p.m. in the Centrum Arena. Closer in distance than any of the Thunderbirds’ Big Sky rivals, the Rebels bring with them a rowdy base of fans wiling to travel the short distance in support of their team. Though finals will be over, the Thunderbird squad is hopeful their own loyal fans and fellow students will hang around one last night, to bolster their team before hitting the road for the holiday break.
Students need simply attend the game and be registered for at least 12 credits in the coming spring 2014 semester to be eligible for one of the scholarships.
Students then enter the drawing from their seats in the Centrum by checking into the Thor Corps app available on any smartphone platform. There will also be a pen-and-paper sign-up inside the main entrance to the Centrum for students without smartphone access.
The two winning students must be present to claim their prize.
Saturday’s game will be the 21st between the Thunderbirds and Rebels as four-year institutions, and the seventh in Cedar City. UNLV is 20-0 against the Thunderbirds, and 7-0 in Cedar City. The last time the two teams met the then No. 22 Rebels took a 72-50 win in Las Vegas. The last time the two teams met in Cedar City UNLV came out on top 77-59.
The Thunderbirds and Rebels also competed against each other prior to 1963, when the schools competed at the junior college level. During that era SUU went 7-0 against the Rebels.
SUU (1-5/0-0 Big Sky) will be looking to get back on track at home after playing four of their last five on the road and coming out on the wrong end of each of those decisions. Since opening the season with an 85-78 home win over Arizona Christian, the young Thunderbirds have been unable to break back into the winning column, most recently falling at Cal State Northridge, 84-57.
UNLV (3-4/0-0 Mountain West) is coming off a 63-58 loss at No. 1 Arizona last Saturday. The Rebels, who stymied the top-ranked Wildcats for most of the game on Saturday, opened the season with six straight home games before going on the road to take on Arizona. UNLV split the six home games, topping Portland State, Omaha and UT Martin and falling to UC Santa Barbara, Arizona State and Illinois.