We didnt know it would also mark the beginning of the end of the programs reign as a national power. Simple attrition I suppose. Johnson rang up 35 points and was termed "a man among boys" by MSU head coach Jud Heathcote. Augmon would like to refute a few notions surrounding the upset. DePaul's appearance is, as of 2022, the last appearance of an independent team in the tournament. Arkansas raced out to an early lead. "As great a team as that UNLV team was, we were a pretty darn good team too," Grant Hill says. Then UNLV smashed Duke in the NCAA Championship game. Thus concluded UNLVs perfect regular season. After the first TV timeout, Tarkanian switched his defense from man-to-man to the infamous "amoeba" zone. We had been in close games. For those who think the argument ends with the fact they didnt win. THIS WAS THE the first Final Four called by Jim Nantz for CBS, and his future broadcast partner, Grant Hill, was a freshman for the Blue Devils. The opponent: Alabama-Birmingham. Christian Laettner of Duke was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. Its a record that still stands 5th all time. Depending on how you wanted to defend UNLV, Hunt could have 15 or 30 points. Lindl, MS, LAT, ATC, Connor Johnson joined an already loaded squad. (Rebel coach Jerry Tarkanians nickname was Tark the Shark.) With 99 Duke they werent even ranked as the number one team in the country. Center, has hosted games since. They lost to Duke. Fresno State is now 5-4 against UNLV in Hutson's five seasons. Why Wooden changed his verbage is unknown, but Im sure some of it had to do with Jerry Tarkanian. Missing two starters, UNLV stayed close with Boise State but still lost its third consecutive game Sunday in Boise, Idaho. After blowout loss, UNLV refocuses for rivalry game with UNR, Lady Rebels rally to complete perfect run through Mountain West, Its been a blessing: UNLV honors seniors ahead of Utah State game, Layup in final seconds gives Rebels victory over Air Force, A privilege: Lady Rebels celebrate banner with fans after blowout, UNLV hopes practice pays off against Air Forces Princeton style, Lady Rebels want fans to help honor history with banner ceremony. We lost some, but we had experience that they didn't have. Basketball; Football; Baseball; . To understand just how different it was, consider the following four numbers. Place in Vancouver, Canada on December 1, 1990. The use of software that blocks ads hinders our ability to serve you the content you came here to enjoy. For a guarantee of $75,000, UNLV played its season opener at B.C. What else could he say? Augmon, Anderson, and Hunt had led UNLV to the Elite Eight the year before. (Editor's note: ESPN reached out to multiple starters from that team as well as to one member of the coaching staff. "Our attitude was that if we keep it close, the pressure is on them. The guy had the power of a post player with the shooting touch of a perimeter man. UNLV coach Kevin Kruger is 3-0 against the Wolf Pack, but the Rebels are regrouping after a 91-66 loss to Utah State on Wednesday. Everything came together perfectly. A 30-point blowout doesnt usually have much pride or excuses associated with it. The game was not televised. We have tools and resources that can help you use sports data. "I realized I had to play a near perfect game to beat that team," he says. Nuga, Justin Laettner, Grant Webster, Donovan There is no additional information to display. Anthony was a confident player, tough as nails. Beating UNLV team legitimizes us as a serious program.. Tarkanian died in February 2015 at the age of 84. Why? The game turned when UNLV point guard Greg Anthony fouled out with 3:51 remaining. Larry Varnado Jr. Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for Men's Basketball and Volleyball. Hampshire, Marvin The Rebels never even rolled out their crippling press for the final contest of the regular season. Tarkanian's group easily captured the Big West's automatic bid and, at 29-5, was given the top seed in the West region. There was no way we were going to beat them. 1990-1991 UNLV Runnin' Rebels Roster # Player Class Pos HT WT . Equally impressive was Augmons ability to finish in transition. Thirty years later, that 79-77 upset loss to Duke in the 1991 Final Four still stings. UNLV Rebels Men's. Roster and Stats. And Rancho High product Anthony, the point guard, was the glue that held it all together. EJ Harkless, Jordan McCabe, Elijah Parquet and Cameron Burist will be honored during senior night when UNLV plays Utah State on Wednesday at the Thomas & Mack Center. Have you ever felt as if youre in a washing machine on a super speed setting? On March 2, 1991, the UNLV Runnin' Rebelscoached by perennial NCAA-tormentor Jerry Tarkanian and led by future NBA first rounders Larry Johnson, Stacey Augmon, and Greg Anthonyfinished off a perfect regular season. UNLV's roster included three of the eventual top 12 picks in the 1991 NBA Draft: Larry Johnson (first overall), Stacey Augmon (9th) and Greg Anthony (12th). UNLV basketball scores, news, schedule, players, stats, photos, rumors, depth charts on RealGM.com . Wichita State in 2014. Krzyzewski. Check out the detailed 1990-91 Virginia Tech Hokies Roster and Stats for College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Former Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton had by this time become a vocal fan of the No. They don't think we can beat them.'". Varnado Jr. Bryan The wins came one after another. And many still question the charging call that knocked him from the game with under four minutes to play. Hes covered high school and UNLVs Anderson Hunt scores a basket as teammate Larry Johnson looks on during an NCAA Tournament first-round win over Montana on March 15,1991. You call getting a bogus and now famous Duke charging call that resulted in UNLV Greg Anthonys foul disqualification better? Reggie Manuel was recruited to UNLV by legendary men's basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian shortly after the Rebels won the NCAA championship in 1990. The 1990 UNLV Runnin' Rebels are regarded as one of the greatest college basketball teams of all time. UNLV reeled off its next 16 wins by an average score of 103-71 before encountering what experts forecasted to be an actual challenge, a true road game at Arkansas. No need. "We were basically outplayed," he said, "but I still think we're part of history. A total of 63 games were played. Brown, Josh Laettner would make two free throws the 12.7 seconds remaining via a controversial over-the-back call against Evric Gray and UNLVs dynasty would end when Anderson Hunts off-balance 3-point attempt over Hurley wasnt close. In fact, the team that beat them (Connecticut) spent more time on the court as the #1 team in comparison to Duke. And as I look around the college basketball landscape, I see failure and defeats everywhere. Yeah, we're about to go back-to-back and go undefeated,'" Hill, Duke's starting two guard, says today. In advance of the rematch on the Aggies' home floor, Utah State took out a full-page ad in the Logan Herald Journal. We ask that you consider turning off your ad blocker so we can deliver you the best experience possible while you are here. After the game, Miller said simply of UNLV, "They need to go to the NBA. As it happened, that loyalty would be rewarded by the least likely entity of all, the NCAA itself. "Um, no. Then the NCAA handed down its verdict. The Blue Devils opened the game against UNLV by making their first five shots and taking a 15-8 lead. Yet the Rebels were untouchable, outscoring opponents by nearly 30 points on average. Four of Fresno State's 10 wins have come in true road games (three in conference play). At the time, we knew the defeat ended UNLVs undefeated season after 34 wins. Duke, coached by Mike Krzyzewski, won a rematch of the previous year's national final matchup against undefeated UNLV 7977 in the semifinal, then won the national title with a 7265 victory in the final game over Kansas, coached by Roy Williams. To this day, the Rebels are the only team to top 100 points in the title game, and the win over Duke still stands as the largest margin of victory ever recorded in a championship final. ", The Rebels negated coach Nolan Richardson's vaunted "40 minutes of hell" full-court press by repeatedly firing outlet passes to a streaking Anderson Hunt for still another fast-break dunk. Before the 1990 season Ackles injured his wrist in a pickup game and redshirted. So the back-on title defense began. Two of the program's prize recruits, Ed O'Bannon and Shon Tarver, promptly withdrew their verbal commitments to Tarkanian and enrolled at UCLA instead. With its combination of perimeter shooting and interior mastery, UNLV appeared to be a complete and possibly even invulnerable team. When writers praised his team's valiant effort after the game, John Thompson was having none of it: "We're not in the moral-victory business at Georgetown.". I just feel so happy and fortunate that we got here and were able to win it., Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski: We were overmatched. It was a strange affair. and playing out the string on another losing Big West season on March 2, 1991. 2 seed. Laettner was especially good, finishing with 28 points and seven rebounds while holding UNLV star Larry Johnson to 13 points on 10 shots. If youre a basketball nut like me, you saw HBOs UNLV documentary. Games played in Detroit since have either been at The Palace of Auburn Hills, Ford Field or, starting in 2018, Little Caesars Arena. But that wide-ranging influence was rooted first in UNLV's dominance on the basketball court. Hunt never seemed to missed big shots, and the Rebels were on a historic run during which they seemed unbeatable until the shot hit the back of the rim and bounced away. Stacey Augmon: To say that Augmon should be ranked among the best defensive players in college basketball history is not an idle boast. The Lions were making a storybook tournament run in the wake of the tragic death of Hank Gathers, but UNLV ended that story with an easy 131-101 victory. But the 1990 team is for another article at another time. Buckley, Christian The team blitzed through the regular season. Duke's gameplan against UNLV mirrored every David's game plan for Goliath: manage the game, be efficient on offense, no fast breaks, no turnovers, be aggressive and sprinkle in a hard foul every once in awhile. "We wanted to show him that we were his best team," Grant Hill says. By Ryan Swanson | The tournament also returned to Charlotte in 1991, this time to the new Charlotte Coliseum, then the off-campus home of the Charlotte 49ers men's basketball team. Johnson earned the Naismith College Player of the Year award. Awaiting them was the rare opponent who actually had better size than the Rebels. This isnt the NBA where you need to be consistent in a best of seven series. Stacey Augmon had 31 points, Anderson Hunt. He then went on to say in 91 Duke was the better team. The Jayhawks had been unable to defend their 1988 national title in Williams' first season because of NCAA penalties. For the first time in tournament history a 15-seed defeated a 2-seed. Coach Wooden (good) is to this day considered a saint with not a single corrupt bone in his body, while Coach Tarkanian (bad) is viewed as having low morals with little regard for authority. Instead, the Rebels played without their point guard and managed just three points over their final four possessions. Fresno State enters having made 76.1 percent of its free throws (289-380), which currently would eclipse the school record for single-season free throw percentage (74.2 percent, 484-652, 1991-92). There is no additional information to display. Chris Jeter: Toughest player on the team. You only have to beat a team once to win. Why, you might ask? The BC Hoopfest 90 was a noble attempt to give basketball a breath of air before hockey season took over. Hamilton. Ast, Mike "I don't think we were overconfident," he says. Wooden teams were dominant with NBA greats Bill Walton and Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). If there was a weakness to Ackles, other than his lack of offensive ability, it was his foul trouble. A brutal sucker punch in the OVC tournament stopped the game in its tracks. Best NCAA Tournament Player: Was it Carmelo Anthony or Christian Laettner? They were the number one team that entire season. How about Canada? It was also the first time a team reached 100 points in the championship game. 2 in the nation and standing at 22-1 behind stars Oliver Miller and Todd Day -- had been camping out in front of Fayetteville's Barnhill Arena for a full week in advance of the game, and Rebels coach Jerry Tarkanian sought to put the tent city to good use for his own team. Huh? I should know; I was there, ball-boying my way as close the Rebels as possible. Coming off the 1989-1990 title season, UNLV got every teams absolute best shot the next year. But what was pegged a mismatch became one of the most compelling games in NCAA history, with the fallout ushering in a new era in college basketball. Duke lost to UNLV by 30 points in the previous season's championship. He gave Duke sophomore Christian Laettner (5-of-12 shooting) fits in the final. We had three of the top college players of all time, but we didn't know that then.". KOZN (1620 AM) and KOOO (101.9 FM) will carry all Creighton men's basketball games during the 2022-23 season. Watch our How-To Videos to Become a Stathead, Subscribe to Stathead and get access to more data than you can imagine. Since freshmen were not eligible at the time of UCLA's run, Duke's. A fourth player, George Ackles, went . What to do? It still hurts," Stacey Augmon says when reached a few days before the 25th anniversary of the game. We ask that you consider turning off your ad blocker so we can deliver you the best experience possible while you are here. The semifinal upset also ended the run of one of the most culturally influential college basketball teams ever. Call 1-800-GAMBLER. Even the Late John Wooden couldnt stand the idea that the 1991 Rebels were better than any of his teams. Coach K's team stayed reasonably close for the game's first 24 minutes before the roof fell in on them. Duke assurance grew with every break they caught in the second half: Ackles picked up his fourth foul minutes after halftime, an ankle injury hobbled his backup, Elmore Spencer. H Waldman: Smart player with solid 3-point shot and quality passing. The Hogs even held the halftime lead. UNLV as a squad led the Big West in almost every countable category. Ranking the top 25 players in the 2021 Final Four, Anonymous coaches scout the men's Final Four teams, ESPN Insider college basketball contributor, First began covering college hoops in 2004, Has written for Basketball Prospectus and the Wall Street Journal. On this Wikipedia the language links are at the top of the page across from the article title. Stoeckinger. We became a great program at that moment.". Duke, meanwhile, won the first of five National Championships (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, 2015) two nights later. Williams, Jordan Whats up? Hill, Christian "I'm in awe.". Its difficult to imagine a group like that making such a decision in todays pro-oriented environment. Todd Day, Oliver Miller, and Lee Mayberry anchored the Arkansas squad. Plastic Man, with his elastic arms and legs, made it a nightmare for offensive players in an age where defensive player like Shane Battier take acting classes to engage in flopping to gain foul trouble on his match-up. 1988 Men's . Its simple those teams are mentioned in passing - never with the reverence of 91 UNLV. We got these dudes because they are taking us lightly. The largest margin of victory ever. Although UNLV is becoming one now. "I've found out that it's smart never to argue with him," he said, "and I suppose if I were [Knight] I would pick UNLV to win, too.". It would easy for people to say Im not seeing the big picture when talking about this team. Duke was 30-7 and had won the Midwest region as the No. Though his team had gone 0-3 against the Rebels that season, Long Beach State head coach Seth Greenberg said Tarkanian's "biggest vulnerability is if Greg [Anthony] gets in foul trouble." Maxon informed Tarkanian that the NCAA had heard UNLVs appeal and offered a choice: UNLV could play out the 90-91 season in its entirety (tournament and all) if the school agreed to a post-season and television ban for 91-92. The Runnin' Rebels launched 28% of their attempts from beyond the arc, while the corresponding figure for the nation as a whole was just 23%. The use of software that blocks ads hinders our ability to serve you the content you came here to enjoy. What is hard for many to fathom is UNLV's 1990-91 roster was stronger and more ruthlesswith an average margin of victory of 26.7 points per game prior to a stunning loss to Dukein that . "I think it's the best a team has ever played against me," Krzyzewski said afterward. Solid scorer; a starter at any other school. Henry, Will Hill, Crawford The following are the sites that were selected to host each round of the 1991 tournament: Regional semifinals and finals (Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight), National semifinals and championship (Final Four and championship). Ill see you after the game, Johnson threatened as the referees pulled the players apart. The Rebels got some extra time to prepare for Air Forces unique offense, but are likely to be without two starters again as they try to snap a three-game losing skid. No team has won 40 games or more in a row in the 30 years since. 12 seed Ball State in a regional semifinal and then faced Loyola Marymount in the Elite Eight in Oakland. Coach: Jerry Tarkanian. We may never get the full story because the media creates and destroys what it wants not what it is. He was one of the strongest players in the post with a 36 + vertical, a post-up game, face-up game, ball handling and 3-point range. Stanford Cardinal (13-17, 7-12 Pac-12) at Oregon Ducks (17 . UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian: This win is for the kids, but mostly its for the state of Nevada. 1 UNLV Runnin' Rebels during this 1990-91 season, and he was afforded a special seat for the contest. The Runnin Rebels of lore were great in a number of ways.  This was the first National Championship game for Williams as a head coach. 6th Man. We won some. By continuing to browse or by clicking I Accept Cookies you agree to the storing of first-party and third-party cookies on your device and consent to the disclosure of your personal information to our third party service providers or advertising partners to optimize your experience, analyze traffic and personalize content. Why would anyone want to research someone like Wooden who has been built up saintly? Wins over Utah and Seton Hall at the Kingdome in Seattle carried the Rebels to the national semifinals in Indianapolis and a rematch with Duke. We all loved him." 1991-92 UNLV Rebels Men's Roster and Stats. The SPORTS REFERENCE and STATHEAD trademarks are owned exclusively by Sports Reference LLC. Athletic Trainer. The Rebels swallowed up the Blue Devils, overwhelming them from the start and cruising to the biggest rout in a national final. As the ball left Anderson Hunts hands, we naturally assumed it would find its mark, desperate and deep as the 3-pointer might have been in the waning seconds of the national semifinal game. In their quest to be the first undefeated men's college basketball champion since the 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers, UNLV, at 34-0, had obliterated the so-called competition: 32 of their 34 victories were by double digits. At the other end of the floor, however, Duke was overwhelmed on its defensive glass as the Rebels pulled down half of their missed shots and Johnson personally recorded eight offensive boards. Justin Webster called the Rebels 91-66 loss Wednesday to Utah State the worst game hes ever played in during his basketball career. Baker, Trey Hinton. Florida State by 32. Use without license or authorization is expressly prohibited. Logos were compiled by the amazing SportsLogos.net. This is a discussion on PS3 NCAA Basketball 10/March Madness Legacy: 2020-21 and Classic Team Rosters within the EA Sports NCAA Basketball Rosters forums. It was, as Im now old enough to say, different times. Let it burn into your cranium. But what makes them different than, say, 83 Houston, 85 Georgetown or 99 Duke? The Hoyas pulled to within four before falling 62-54. "It still hurts. "They were brutal," he said, and that was just what he expected and wanted. The 1990-91 UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball team represented the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in NCAA Division I men's competition in the 1990-91 season.The Runnin' Rebels, coached by Jerry Tarkanian, entered the season as defending national champions and entered the 1991 NCAA tournament unbeaten, but lost in the national semifinal to eventual champions Duke when Anderson Hunt's .