Rebels draw Kent St. in Omaha Thursday

Shortly after UNLV players learned that they were heading to Omaha as the No. 8 seed in the Midwest Regional to face MAC champion Kent State, star guard Wink Ådams was off on another trip of his own with his mother Reandre.

Adams was headed to see a doctor after experiencing the chills while being interviewed by reporters. He has been battling the flu for several days.

"My baby's sick and I have to go take him to the doctor," Adams' mom said. "You don't want to interview him."

Adams, who went outside in the sunshine outside of Cox Pavilion to warm up, went back into the arena for a TV interview before leaving to get further medical attention.

Before leaving, Adams, who was named the team's MVP at the banquet, said he was excited about playing the Golden Flashes (28-6), who won at Saint Mary's during ESPN's Brackbuster weekend.

"I have a friend from Houston who plays with them named Rashad Woods," Adams said. "It's going to be fun seeing him."

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Woods is a backup forward who is averaging 5.1 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.

"He's tall. He's strong. He can get to the basket," Adams said. "We kind of grew up together playing for the same AAU teams. We kind of hung out together a few times. He's a real good friend. He can jump out of the gym."

Guard Curtis Terry said he watched the Golden Flashes play in their Bracketbuster upset of nationally ranked Saint Mary's in Moraga, Calif.

"It looks like they get up and down the court pretty well," Terry said. "It's nothing new for us. We're playing a team with a good inside guy and some good guards. We've just got to get ready to try and play some defense and run out and offensively execute."

Should the Rebels get by Kent State they would most likely face Big 12 champion Kansas (31-3), the No. 1 seed in the Midwest. The Jayhawks face Big Sky winner Portland State (23-9) in the first round and should have a large fan base on hand.

"We can't look ahead," Terry said. "We've got to worry about Kent State. We've got four days to prepare for them. Hopefully we'll get a chance to prepare for Kansas after that."

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