1990 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1990 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 64
Finals site McNichols Sports Arena
Denver, Colorado
Champions UNLV (1st title)
Runner-up Duke (4th title game)
Semifinalists Arkansas (4th Final Four)
Georgia Tech (1st Final Four)
Winning coach Jerry Tarkanian (1st title)
MOP Anderson Hunt UNLV
Attendance 537,138
Top scorer Dennis Scott Georgia Tech
(153 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1989 1991»

The 1990 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 64 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 15, 1990, and ended with the championship game on April 2 in Denver, Colorado. A total of 63 games were played.

UNLV, coached by Jerry Tarkanian, won the national title with a 103-73 victory in the final game over Duke, coached by Mike Krzyzewski. In doing so, UNLV set the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament record for largest margin of victory in a championship game. To date, UNLV's win marks the last time a mid major team won the championship game. Anderson Hunt of UNLV was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

This tournament is also remembered for an emotional run by Loyola Marymount in the West Regional. In the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament, Lions star forward Hank Gathers collapsed and died due to a heart condition. The WCC tournament was immediately suspended, with the regular-season champion Lions given the conference's automatic bid. The team defeated New Mexico State, then laid a 34-point thrashing on defending national champion Michigan, and defeated Alabama in the Sweet Sixteen (the only game in which Loyola Marymount did not score 100 or more points in the tournament) before running into eventual champion UNLV in the regional final. Gathers' childhood friend Bo Kimble, the team's undisputed floor leader in the wake of the tragedy, paid tribute to his friend by attempting his first free throw in each game left-handed despite being right-handed. (Gathers was right-handed, but struggled so much with free throws that he tried shooting them left-handed for a time.) Kimble made all of his left-handed attempts in the tournament.

This tournament became the first to use the 10ths-second timer in the final minute of each period when played in NBA arenas.

Locations[edit]

First and Second Rounds[edit]

Later Rounds[edit]

Region Site
East East Rutherford, New Jersey (Brendan Byrne Arena)
Midwest Dallas, Texas (Reunion Arena)
Southeast New Orleans, Louisiana (Louisiana Superdome)
West Oakland, California (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena)
Finals Denver, Colorado (McNichols Sports Arena)

Teams[edit]

Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East
East 1 Connecticut Jim Calhoun Elite 8 3 Duke L 79-78
East 2 Kansas Roy Williams Round of 32 7 UCLA L 71-70
East 3 Duke Mike Krzyzewski Runner Up 1 UNLV L 103-73
East 4 La Salle Speedy Morris Round of 32 5 Clemson L 79-75
East 5 Clemson Cliff Ellis Sweet Sixteen 1 Connecticut L 71-70
East 6 St. John's Lou Carnesecca Round of 32 3 Duke L 76-72
East 7 UCLA Jim Harrick Sweet Sixteen 3 Duke L 90-81
East 8 Indiana Bob Knight Round of 64 9 California L 65-63
East 9 California Lou Campanelli Round of 32 1 Connecticut L 74-54
East 10 UAB Gene Bartow Round of 64 7 UCLA L 68-56
East 11 Temple John Chaney Round of 64 6 St. John's L 81-65
East 12 BYU Roger Reid Round of 64 5 Clemson L 49-47
East 13 Southern Mississippi M.K. Turk Round of 64 4 La Salle L 79-63
East 14 Richmond Dick Tarrant Round of 64 3 Duke L 81-46
East 15 Robert Morris Jarrett Durham Round of 64 2 Kansas L 79-71
East 16 Boston University Mike Jarvis Round of 64 1 Connecticut L 76-52
Midwest
Midwest 1 Oklahoma Billy Tubbs Round of 32 8 North Carolina L 79-77
Midwest 2 Purdue Gene Keady Round of 32 10 Texas L 73-72
Midwest 3 Georgetown John Thompson Round of 32 6 Xavier L 74-71
Midwest 4 Arkansas Nolan Richardson National Semifinals 3 Duke L 97-83
Midwest 5 Illinois Lou Henson Round of 64 12 Dayton L 88-86
Midwest 6 Xavier Pete Gillen Sweet Sixteen 10 Texas L 102-89
Midwest 7 Georgia Hugh Durham Round of 64 10 Texas L 100-88
Midwest 8 North Carolina Dean Smith Sweet Sixteen 4 Arkansas L 96-73
Midwest 9 Southwest Missouri State Charlie Spoonhour Round of 64 8 North Carolina L 83-70
Midwest 10 Texas Tom Penders Elite 8 4 Arkansas L 88-85
Midwest 11 Kansas State Lon Kruger Round of 64 6 Xavier L 87-79
Midwest 12 Dayton Jim O'Brien Round of 32 4 Arkansas L 86-84
Midwest 13 Princeton Pete Carril Round of 64 4 Arkansas L 68-64
Midwest 14 Texas Southern Robert Moreland Round of 64 3 Georgetown L 70-52
Midwest 15 Northeast Louisiana Mike Vining Round of 64 2 Purdue L 75-63
Midwest 16 Towson State Terry Truax Round of 64 1 Oklahoma L 77-68
Southeast
Southeast 1 Michigan State Jud Heathcote Sweet Sixteen 4 Georgia Tech L 81-80
Southeast 2 Syracuse Jim Boeheim Sweet Sixteen 6 Minnesota L 82-75
Southeast 3 Missouri Norm Stewart Round of 64 14 Northern Iowa L 74-71
Southeast 4 Georgia Tech Bobby Cremins National Semifinals 1 UNLV L 90-81
Southeast 5 LSU Dale Brown Round of 32 4 Georgia Tech L 94-91
Southeast 6 Minnesota Clem Haskins Elite 8 4 Georgia Tech L 93-91
Southeast 7 Virginia Terry Holland Round of 32 2 Syracuse L 63-61
Southeast 8 Houston Pat Foster Round of 64 9 UC Santa Barbara L 70-66
Southeast 9 UC Santa Barbara Jerry Pimm Round of 32 1 Michigan State L 62-58
Southeast 10 Notre Dame Digger Phelps Round of 64 7 Virginia L 75-67
Southeast 11 UTEP Don Haskins Round of 64 6 Minnesota L 64-61
Southeast 12 Villanova Rollie Massimino Round of 64 5 LSU L 70-63
Southeast 13 East Tennessee State Les Robinson Round of 64 4 Georgia Tech L 99-83
Southeast 14 Northern Iowa Eldon Miller Round of 32 6 Minnesota L 81-78
Southeast 15 Coppin State Ron Mitchell Round of 64 2 Syracuse L 70-48
Southeast 16 Murray State Steve Newton Round of 64 1 Michigan State L 75-71
West
West 1 UNLV Jerry Tarkanian Champion 3 Duke W 103-73
West 2 Arizona Lute Olson Round of 32 7 Alabama L 77-55
West 3 Michigan Steve Fisher Round of 32 11 Loyola Marymount L 149-115
West 4 Louisville Denny Crum Round of 32 12 Ball State L 62-60
West 5 Oregon State Jim Anderson Round of 64 12 Ball State L 54-53
West 6 New Mexico State Neil McCarthy Round of 64 11 Loyola Marymount L 111-92
West 7 Alabama Wimp Sanderson Sweet Sixteen 11 Loyola Marymount L 62-60
West 8 Ohio State Randy Ayers Round of 32 1 UNLV L 76-65
West 9 Providence Rick Barnes Round of 64 8 Ohio State L 84-83
West 10 Colorado State Boyd Grant Round of 64 7 Alabama L 71-54
West 11 Loyola Marymount Paul Westhead Elite 8 1 UNLV L 131-101
West 12 Ball State Dick Hunsaker Sweet Sixteen 1 UNLV L 69-67
West 13 Idaho Kermit Davis, Jr. Round of 64 4 Louisville L 78-59
West 14 Illinois State Bob Bender Round of 64 3 Michigan L 76-70
West 15 South Florida Bobby Paschal Round of 64 2 Arizona L 79-67
West 16 Arkansas-Little Rock Mike Newell Round of 64 1 UNLV L 102-72

Bracket[edit]

East Regional - East Rutherford, New Jersey[edit]

First Round Second Round Regional Semifinals Regional Final
                       
1 Connecticut 76
16 Boston U 52
1 Connecticut 74
Hartford
9 California 54
8 Indiana 63
9 California 65
1 Connecticut 71
5 Clemson 70
5 Clemson 49
12 BYU 47
5 Clemson 79
Hartford
4 La Salle 75
4 La Salle 79
13 Southern Mississippi 63
1 Connecticut 78*
3 Duke 79
6 St. John's 81
11 Temple 65
6 St. John's 72
Atlanta
3 Duke 76
3 Duke 81
14 Richmond 46
3 Duke 90
7 UCLA 81
7 UCLA 68
10 UAB 56
7 UCLA 71
Atlanta
2 Kansas 70
2 Kansas 79
15 Robert Morris 71

Regional Final Summary[edit]

CBS
Saturday, March 24
#3 Duke Blue Devils 79, #1 Connecticut Huskies 78 (OT)
Pts: A. Abdelnaby 27
Rebs: A. Abdelnaby 14
Asts: B. Hurley 8
Pts: J. Gwynn, N. Henefeld 15
Rebs: N. Henefeld 6
Asts: C. Smith 5
Halftime Score: Duke, 37-30
End of Regulation: 72-72
Brendan Byrne Arena - East Rutherford, NJ
Attendance: 19,546

Midwest Regional - Dallas, Texas[edit]

First Round Second Round Regional Semifinals Regional Final
                       
1 Oklahoma 77
16 Towson State 68
1 Oklahoma 77
Austin
8 North Carolina 79
8 North Carolina 83
9 SW Missouri St 70
8 North Carolina 73
4 Arkansas 96
5 Illinois 86
12 Dayton 88
12 Dayton 84
Austin
4 Arkansas 86
4 Arkansas 68
13 Princeton 64
4 Arkansas 88
10 Texas 85
6 Xavier 87
11 Kansas St 79
6 Xavier 74
Indianapolis
3 Georgetown 71
3 Georgetown 70
14 Texas Southern 52
6 Xavier 89
10 Texas 102
7 Georgia 88
10 Texas 100
10 Texas 73
Indianapolis
2 Purdue 72
2 Purdue 75
15 Northeast Louisiana 63

Regional Final Summary[edit]

CBS
Saturday, March 24
#4 Arkansas Razorbacks 88, #10 Texas Longhorns 85
Pts: L. Howell 21
Rebs: L. Howell, O. Miller 9
Asts: L. Mayberry 7
Pts: J. Wright, T. Mays 20
Rebs: L. Collie 14
Asts: T. Mays 5
Halftime Score: Arkansas, 43-36
Reunion Arena - Dallas, TX
Attendance: 16,413

Southeast Regional - New Orleans, Louisiana[edit]

First Round Second Round Regional Semifinals Regional Final
                       
1 Michigan St 75
16 Murray St 71*
1 Michigan St 62
Knoxville
9 UC Santa Barbara 58
8 Houston 66
9 UC Santa Barbara 70
1 Michigan St 80*
4 Georgia Tech 81
5 LSU 70
12 Villanova 63
5 LSU 91
Knoxville
4 Georgia Tech 94
4 Georgia Tech 99
13 East Tennessee St 83
4 Georgia Tech 93
6 Minnesota 91
6 Minnesota 64
11 UTEP 61*
6 Minnesota 81
Richmond
14 Northern Iowa 78
3 Missouri 71
14 Northern Iowa 74
6 Minnesota 82
2 Syracuse 75
7 Virginia 75
10 Notre Dame 67
7 Virginia 61
Richmond
2 Syracuse 63
2 Syracuse 70
15 Coppin St 48

Regional Final Summary[edit]

CBS
Sunday, March 25
#4 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 93, #6 Minnesota Golden Gophers 91
Pts: D. Scott 40
Rebs: K. Anderson 8
Asts: K. Anderson 3
Pts: W. Burton 35
Rebs: R. Coffey 9
Asts: M. Newbern 6
Halftime Score: Minnesota, 49-47
Louisiana Superdome - New Orleans, LA
Attendance: 17,782

West Regional - Oakland, California[edit]

First Round Second Round Regional Semifinals Regional Final
                       
1 UNLV 102
16 Arkansas Little Rock 72
1 UNLV 76
Salt Lake City
8 Ohio St 65
8 Ohio St 84
9 Providence 83*
1 UNLV 69
12 Ball St 67
5 Oregon St 53
12 Ball St 54
12 Ball St 62
Salt Lake City
4 Louisville 60
4 Louisville 78
13 Idaho 59
1 UNLV 131
11 Loyola Marymount 101
6 New Mexico St 92
11 Loyola Marymount 111
11 Loyola Marymount 149
Long Beach
3 Michigan 115
3 Michigan 76
14 Illinois St 70
11 Loyola Marymount 62
7 Alabama 60
7 Alabama 71
10 Colorado St 54
7 Alabama 77
Long Beach
2 Arizona 55
2 Arizona 79
15 South Florida 67

Regional Final Summary[edit]

CBS
Sunday, March 25
#1 UNLV Runnin' Rebels 131, #11 Loyola Marymount Lions 101
Pts: S. Augmon 33
Rebs: L. Johnson 18
Asts: A. Hunt 13
Pts: B. Kimble 42
Rebs: B. Kimble 11
Asts: T. Lowery 6
Halftime Score: UNLV, 67-47
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena - Oakland, CA
Attendance: 14,298

Final Four @ Denver, Colorado[edit]

National Semifinals National Championship Game
           
E3 Duke 97
M4 Arkansas 83
E3 Duke 73
W1 UNLV 103
S4 Georgia Tech 81
W1 UNLV 90

Game Summaries[edit]

CBS
March 31
#1 UNLV Runnin' Rebels 90, #4 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 81
Pts: S. Augmon 22
Rebs: M. Scurry 11
Asts: A. Hunt 7
Pts: D. Scott 29
Rebs: J. McNeil 9
Asts: K. Anderson 8
Halftime Score: Georgia Tech 53-46
McNichols Arena - Denver, CO
Attendance: 17,675
CBS
March 31
#3 Duke Blue Devils 97, #4 Arkansas Razorbacks 83
Pts: P. Henderson 28
Rebs: C. Laettner 14
Asts: B. Hurley 6
Pts: T. Day 27
Rebs: T. Day 7
Asts: L. Mayberry 6
Halftime Score: Duke, 46-43
McNichols Arena - Denver, CO
Attendance: 17,675

National Championship[edit]

CBS
April 2
#1 UNLV Runnin' Rebels 103, #3 Duke Blue Devils 73
Pts: A. Hunt 29
Rebs: L. Johnson 11
Asts: S. Augmon 7
Pts: P. Henderson 21
Rebs: C. Laettner 9
Asts: C. Laettner 5
Halftime Score: UNLV, 47-35
McNichols Arena - Denver, CO
Attendance: 17,675

Announcers[edit]