1990–91 UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball team
|1990–91 UNLV Runnin' Rebels men's basketball|
Big West Tournament Champions
Big West Regular Season Champions
|Conference||Big West Conference|
|1990–91 record||34–1 (18–0 Big West)|
|Head coach||Jerry Tarkanian (18th season)|
|Home arena||Thomas and Mack Center|
|1990–91 Big West men's basketball standings|
|#15 New Mexico State||15||–||3||.833||23||–||6||.793|
|UC Santa Barbara||8||–||10||.444||14||–||15||.483|
|Cal State Fullerton||7||–||11||.389||14||–||14||.500|
|Long Beach State||7||–||11||.389||11||–||17||.393|
|San Jose State||5||–||13||.278||7||–||20||.259|
|† 1991 Big West Tournament winner |
Rankings from AP Poll
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, Bobby Hurley, ending a 45-game winning streak that dated back to the previous season. 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".
|1990–91 UNLV Runnin' Rebels men's basketball team|
Schedule and results
|Rank#||Opponent#||Result||Record||High points||High rebounds||High assists||Site (attendance) |
|Big West Tournament|
|March 21, 1991*
|No. 1||vs. No. 10 Utah
Sweet Sixteen – West Regional Semifinal
||23 – Johnson||13 – Johnson||10 – Anthony||Kingdome |
|March 23, 1991*
|No. 1||vs. No. 13 Seton Hall
Elite Eight – West Regional Final
||30 – Johnson||6 – Johnson||11 – Anthony||Kingdome |
|March 30, 1991*
|No. 1||vs. No. 6 Duke
Final Four – National Semifinal
||29 – Hunt||13 – Johnson||6 – Anthony||RCA Dome |
|*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. |
NCAA basketball tournament
- 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
- Larry Johnson, Naismith College Player of the Year 
- Larry Johnson, USBWA College Player of the Year
- Larry Johnson, John R. Wooden Award
Team players drafted into the NBA
|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|
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- "1990-91 College Basketball Polls". Sports Reference. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
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- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-06-11. Retrieved 2008-06-11.
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