LAS VEGAS -- UNLV might have the advantage playing at the Thomas & Mack Center in today's Mountain West Conference tournament championship game, but for San Diego State's Billy White, this is home.
The Las Vegas native scored a career-high 28 points in last night's semifinal upset of New Mexico, and UNLV will have its hands full to try to contain the star forward.
"I told him before the game, 'Make your mom proud,'" Aztecs coach Steve Fisher said after the win. "Afterward, I said, 'You made everyone proud.'"
White wasn't biting when asked if his team had already clinched an NCAA tournament berth with last night's win.
"I don't know," he said. "We're not worried about that right now."
The two teams split the regular season series, but San Diego State is coming off beating its highest-ranked opponent away from home in school history.
The Rebels own the tournament's best record over its 11-year history and have visions of celebrating an automatic NCAA tournament bid in front of their home fans.