1990–91 UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball team

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1990–91 UNLV Runnin' Rebels men's basketball
Conference Big West Conference
Coaches #1
AP #1
1990–91 record 34–1 (18–0 Big West)
Head coach Jerry Tarkanian
Home arena Thomas and Mack Center
« 1989–90 1991–92 »

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 desperation three in the final seconds bounced off the backboard and into the hands of a Duke player. They had been the last team to finish the regular season unbeaten before St. Joseph's did it in 2004. They were the last team to enter the NCAA tournament unbeaten until Wichita State did it in 2014 and Kentucky in 2015.

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.

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 99, Montana 65
    • UNLV 62, Georgetown 54
    • UNLV 83, Utah 66
    • UNLV 77, Seton Hall 65
  • Final Four
    • Duke 79, UNLV 77


Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Year Round Pick Player NBA Team
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 Miami Heat
1992 1 25 Elmore Spencer Los Angeles Clippers