With incoming freshman Dwayne Morgan, Rashad Vaughn and Goodluck Okonoboh set to join the program for the 2014-2015 season along with several talented players expected to return, UNLV will undoubtedly face larger expectations and tougher opponents next season.
Participating in a tournament headlined by Duke can be seen as a prime example. It also foreshadows the level of talent that the Runnin' Rebels will be expected to compete with in 2014-2015.
Although Duke is expected to lose stars Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood to the NBA Draft, sophomore guard Rasheed Sulaimon will be likely returning to the program to join Jahlil Okafor, Tyrus Jones and Justise Winslow in what will most likely be another National Title contending Blue Devils team under Coach K.
Stanford is currently having one of their better seasons in recent memory with an 18-10 record and will definitely look to build on that next season as they attempt to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2007-2008 season.
Temple on the hand is experiencing one of their worst seasons in quite sometime. With a current record of 7-21, they appear to be struggling to adjust to the new America Athletic conference. Sitting at the bottom of the conference with a 2-14 record. There should be really nowhere to go but up as the Owls will most likely be missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007.
UNLV is expected to be as talented as anyone in the country and a strong showing in Brooklyn next season could be instrumental in enhancing their Tournament resume, especially if Duke is once again among the top teams in the nation.
"We are honored to play in this prestigious event and to be included with such a strong field." head coach Dave Rice said "...We haven't played in New York in many years and are excited for the opportunity to play on a national stage."
The 2014 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic will be exclusively broadcast on TruTV.