1989–90 UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball team

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1989–90 UNLV Runnin' Rebels men's basketball
Conference Big West Conference
Coaches #2
AP #2
1989–90 record 35–5 (16–2 Big West)
Head coach Jerry Tarkanian
Assistant coach Tim Grgurich
Assistant coach Ron Ganulin
Assistant coach Cleveland Edwards
Home arena Thomas & Mack Center
« 1988–89 1990–91 »

The 1989–90 UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball team represented the University of Nevada Las Vegas in NCAA Division I men's competition in the 1989–90 season, and won the NCAA title under head coach Jerry Tarkanian. The team played its home games in the Thomas & Mack Center, and was a member of the Big West Conference; it would join the Western Athletic Conference in 1996 and become a charter member of its current conference, the Mountain West Conference, in 1999. As of the present, they are the last team from any of the non-big six conferences (ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10, and SEC) to win the national championship.

The nickname "Runnin' Rebels" is unique to men's basketball at UNLV. The default nickname for men's sports teams at the school is simply "Rebels", while all women's teams are known as "Lady Rebels".

NCAA basketball tournament[edit]

  • West
    • UNLV 102, Arkansas-Little Rock 72
    • UNLV 76, Ohio State 65
    • UNLV 69, Ball State 67
    • UNLV 131, Loyola Marymount 101
  • Final Four
    • UNLV 90, Georgia Tech 81
  • National Championship
    • UNLV 103, Duke 73


Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Year Round Pick Player NBA Club
1991 1 1 Larry Johnson Charlotte Hornets
1991 1 9 Stacey Augmon Atlanta Hawks
1991 1 12 Greg Anthony New York Knicks
1991 2 29 George Ackles New York Knicks



  1. ^ http://www.databasesports.com/ncaab/tourney.htm?yr=1990
  2. ^ "Final Four Most Outstanding Players". cbs.sportsline.com. Retrieved 31 March 2008. 
  3. ^ "1991 NBA Draft on Basketballreference.com". Archived from the original on 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2009-07-04.