1989–90 UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball team

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1989–90 UNLV Runnin' Rebels men's basketball
NCAA Tournament National Champions
Big West Tournament champions
Big West regular season co-champions
Conference Big West Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 2
AP No. 2
1989–90 record 35–5 (16–2 Big West)
Head coach Jerry Tarkanian (17th season)
Assistant coach Tim Grgurich
Assistant coach Ron Ganulin (3rd season)
Assistant coach Cleveland Edwards
Home arena Thomas & Mack Center
Seasons
1989–90 Big West men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#2 UNLV 16 2   .889     35 5   .875
#24 New Mexico State 16 2   .889     26 5   .839
UC Santa Barbara 13 5   .722     21 9   .700
Long Beach State 12 6   .667     23 9   .719
Utah State 8 10   .444     14 16   .467
Pacific 7 11   .389     15 14   .517
Cal State Fullerton 6 12   .333     13 16   .448
San Jose State 5 13   .278     8 20   .286
Fresno State 4 14   .222     10 19   .345
UC Irvine 3 15   .167     5 23   .179
Big West Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

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".

Roster[edit]

1989–90 UNLV Runnin' Rebels men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
C 00 Butler, DavidDavid Butler 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Sr Washington, D.C.
F 4 Johnson, LarryLarry Johnson 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Jr Dallas, TX
G 5 Cvijanovich, StaceyStacey Cvijanovich 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Oxnard, CA
G 12 Hunt, AndersonAnderson Hunt 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Detroit, MI
G 13 Bice, TravisTravis Bice 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 155 lb (70 kg) So Simi Valley, CA
G 15 Emerzian, BryanBryan Emerzian 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 160 lb (73 kg) So Waukegan, IL
G 30 Rice, DaveDave Rice 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Claremont, CA
F 32 Augmon, StaceyStacey Augmon 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Pasadena, CA
G/F 33 Young, BarryBarry Young 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Ellicott City, MD
C 34 Jones, JamesJames Jones 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sr Cincinnati, OH
F 35 Scurry, MosesMoses Scurry 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Brooklyn, NY
F/C 44 Ackles, GeorgeGeorge Ackles Injured 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Pittsburgh, PA
G 50 Anthony, GregGreg Anthony 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jr Las Vegas, NV
F 53 Jeter, ChrisChris Jeter 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr San Diego, CA
G Watkins, SeanSean Watkins
Fr  
F Wesley, ByronByron Wesley
Jr  
G Bisek, DanDan Bisek
Jr  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

[1][2]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Regular Season
Nov 15, 1989*
No. 1 Loyola Marymount
Preseason NIT
W 102–91[1]  1–0
 26  Hunt   16  Johnson   12  Anthony  Thomas & Mack Center (13,430)
Las Vegas, NV
Nov 16, 1989*
No. 1 California
Preseason NIT
W 101–81[2]  2–0
                     Thomas & Mack Center (11,777)
Las Vegas, NV
Nov 22, 1989*
No. 1 vs. Kansas
Preseason NIT Semifinal
L 77–91  2–1
 21  Hunt   9  Augmon,
Johnson
 
 9  Anthony  Madison Square Garden (10,546)
New York, NY
Nov 24, 1989*
No. 1 vs. DePaul
Preseason NIT Consolation
W 88–53[3]  3–1
 32  Johnson                Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
Dec 9, 1989*
No. 5 at No. 12 Oklahoma L 81–89[4]  3–2
                     Lloyd Noble Center (11,700)
Norman, OK
Dec 16, 1989
No. 14 at Pacific W 79–65  4–2
(1–0)
                     Alex G. Spanos Center 
Stockton, CA
Dec 23, 1989*
No. 13 No. 16 Iowa W 97–80  5–2
                     Thomas & Mack Center 
Las Vegas, NV
Dec 26, 1989
No. 12 at Long Beach State W 78–58  6–2
(2–0)
                     Thomas & Mack Center 
Las Vegas, NV
Jan 1, 1990*
No. 12 No. 11 Arkansas W 101–93  7–2
 28  Hunt   13  Butler         Thomas & Mack Center 
Las Vegas, NV
Jan 3, 1990
No. 10 Cal State Fullerton W 94–66  8–2
(3–0)
                     Thomas & Mack Center 
Las Vegas, NV
Jan 6, 1990
No. 10 at San Jose State W 100–80  9–2
(4–0)
                     Event Center Arena 
San Jose, CA
Jan 8, 1990
No. 10 at New Mexico State L 82–83  9–3
(4–1)
                     Pan American Center 
Las Cruces, NM
Jan 13, 1990*
No. 7 at Temple W 82–76  10–3
                     McGonigle Hall 
Philadelphia, PA
Jan 15, 1990
No. 7 at Fresno State W 84–75  11–3
(5–1)
                     Selland Arena 
Fresno, CA
Jan 18, 1990
No. 9 UC Irvine W 103–67  12–3
(6–1)
                     Thomas & Mack Center 
Las Vegas, NV
Jan 22, 1990
No. 9 at Long Beach State W 86–77  13–3
(7–1)
                     Gold Mine 
Long Beach, CA
Jan 25, 1990
No. 5 UC Santa Barbara W 69–67  14–3
(8–1)
                     Thomas & Mack Center 
Las Vegas, NV
Jan 28, 1990*
No. 5 at No. 16 LSU L 105–107[5]  14–4
 31  Hunt                Maravich Assembly Center 
Baton Rouge, LA
Feb 1, 1990
No. 12 Utah State W 124–90  15–4
(9–1)
                     Thomas & Mack Center 
Las Vegas, NV
Feb 3, 1990*
No. 12 NC State W 88–82[6][7]  16–4
 24  Johnson   16  Johnson         Thomas & Mack Center (18,295)
Las Vegas, NV
Feb 5, 1990*
No. 12 San Jose State W 105–69  17–4
(10–1)
                     Thomas & Mack Center 
Las Vegas, NV
Feb 8, 1990*
No. 9 Pacific W 116–76  18–4
(11–1)
                     Thomas & Mack Center 
Las Vegas, NV
Feb 10, 1990*
No. 9 Oklahoma State W 100–84  19–4
                     Thomas & Mack Center 
Las Vegas, NV
Feb 12, 1990
No. 9 Fresno State W 69–64  20–4
(12–1)
                     Thomas & Mack Center 
Las Vegas, NV
Feb 15, 1990
No. 7 No. 25 New Mexico State W 109–86[8]  21–4
(13–1)
 31  Hunt   13  Johnson   6  Anthony  Thomas & Mack Center (18,790)
Las Vegas, NV
Feb 18, 1990*
No. 7 No. 20 Arizona W 95–87[9]  22–4
 26  Johnson   12  Augmon         Thomas & Mack Center 
Las Vegas, NV
Feb 22, 1990
No. 4 at UC Irvine W 99–77  23–4
(14–1)
                     Bren Events Center 
Irvine, CA
Feb 24, 1990*
No. 4 No. 16 Louisville W 91–81[10]  24–4
 22  Johnson   15  Johnson         Thomas & Mack Center (19,099)
Las Vegas, NV
Feb 26, 1990
No. 4 at UC Santa Barbara L 70–78  24–5
(14–2)
                     The Thunderdome 
Santa Barbara, CA
Mar 1, 1990
No. 2 at Utah State W 84–82  25–5
(15–2)
                     Smith Spectrum 
Logan, UT
Mar 3, 1990
No. 2 at Cal State Fullerton W 103–85  26–5
(16–2)
                     Titan Gym 
Fullerton, CA
Big West Tournament
Mar 8, 1990*
No. 3 Cal State Fullerton
Quarterfinal
W 115–93  27–5
                     Long Beach Arena 
Long Beach, CA
Mar 9, 1990*
No. 3 Pacific
Semifinal
W 99–72  28–5
                     Long Beach Arena 
Long Beach, CA
Mar 10, 1990*
No. 3 Long Beach State
Championship
W 92–74  29–5
                     Long Beach Arena 
Long Beach, CA
NCAA Tournament
Mar 15, 1990*
 CBS
(W1) No. 2 vs. (W16) Arkansas–Little Rock
First Round
W 102–72  30–5
 16  Augmon   12  Johnson   5  Bice,
Cvijanovich
 
Jon M. Huntsman Center 
Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 17, 1990*
 CBS
(W1) No. 2 vs. (W8) Ohio State
Second Round
W 76–65  31–5
 23  Johnson   16  Johnson   5  Anthony  Jon M. Huntsman Center 
Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 23, 1990*
 CBS
(W1) No. 2 vs. (W12) Ball State
Sweet Sixteen – West Regional Semifinal
W 69–67[11][12]  32–5
 20  Augmon,
Johnson
 
 13  Johnson   9  Anthony  Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Arena 
Oakland, CA
Mar 25, 1990*
 CBS
(W1) No. 2 vs. (W11) No. 21 Loyola Marymount
Elite Eight – West Regional Final
W 131–101[13][14]  33–5
 33  Augmon   18  Johnson   13  Hunt  Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Arena (14,298)
Oakland, CA
Mar 31, 1990*
 CBS
(W1) No. 2 vs. (SE4) No. 9 Georgia Tech
Final Four – National Semifinal
W 90–81[15]  34–5
 22  Augmon   10  Butler   7  Hunt  McNichols Sports Arena 
Denver, CO
Apr 2, 1990*
 CBS
(W1) No. 2 vs. (E3) No. 9 Duke
National Championship
W 103–73[16][17][18][19]  35–5
 29  Hunt   11  Johnson   7  Augmon  McNichols Sports Arena (17,675)
Denver, CO
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

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Rankings[edit]

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 Miami Heat

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References[edit]

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