1990–91 UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball team

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1990–91 UNLV Runnin' Rebels men's basketball
Big West Tournament Champions
Big West Regular Season Champions
ConferenceBig West Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 1
1990–91 record34–1 (18–0 Big West)
Head coachJerry Tarkanian (18th season)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaThomas and Mack Center
Seasons
1990–91 Big West men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 UNLV 18 0   1.000     34 1   .971
#15 New Mexico State 15 3   .833     23 6   .793
Pacific 9 9   .500     14 15   .483
UC Santa Barbara 8 10   .444     14 15   .483
Utah State 8 10   .444     11 17   .393
Cal State Fullerton 7 11   .389     14 14   .500
Fresno State 7 11   .389     14 16   .467
Long Beach State 7 11   .389     11 17   .393
UC Irvine 6 12   .333     11 19   .367
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".

Roster[edit]

1990–91 UNLV Runnin' Rebels men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
F 4 Larry Johnson 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Sr Dallas, TX
G 12 Anderson Hunt 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jr Detroit, MI
G 13 Travis Bice 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 155 lb (70 kg) Jr Simi Valley, CA
G 15 Bryan Emerzian 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Jr Waukegan, IL
C 24 Elmore Spencer 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Jr Atlanta, GA
G 30 Dave Rice 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Claremont, CA
F 32 Stacey Augmon 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sr Pasadena, CA
G/F 33 Barry Young 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Ellicott City, MD
F/C 44 George Ackles 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) RS Sr Pittsburgh, PA
G 50 Greg Anthony 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr Las Vegas, NV
F 53 Chris Jeter 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Sr San Diego, CA
G Sean Watkins
So  
F Byron Wesley
Sr  
G Dan Bisek
Sr  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

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Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Regular Season
Dec 1, 1990*
No. 1 vs. Alabama-Birmingham W 109–68  1–0
 26  Johnson                 
Vancouver, BC
Dec 7, 1990*
No. 1 at Nevada W 131–81  2–0
                     Lawlor Events Center 
Reno, NV
Dec 15, 1990*
No. 1 vs. No. 21 Michigan State W 95–75  3–0
 35  Johnson                The Palace of Auburn Hills 
Auburn Hills, MI
Dec 19, 1990*
No. 1 No. 25 Princeton W 69–35  4–0
                     Thomas & Mack Center 
Las Vegas, NV
Dec 22, 1990*
No. 1 Florida State W 101–69  5–0
                     Thomas & Mack Center 
Las Vegas, NV
Dec 30, 1990
No. 1 at Pacific W 92–72  6–0
(1–0)
                     Alex G. Spanos Center 
Stockton, CA
Jan 2, 1991*
No. 1 at James Madison W 89–65  7–0
                     JMU Convocation Center 
Harrisonburg, VA
Jan 4, 1991
No. 1 Cal State Fullerton W 98–67  8–0
(2–0)
                     Thomas & Mack Center 
Las Vegas, NV
Jan 7, 1991
No. 1 San Jose State W 95–63  9–0
(3–0)
                     Thomas & Mack Center 
Las Vegas, NV
Jan 9, 1991
No. 1 Utah State W 124–93  10–0
(4–0)
                     Thomas & Mack Center 
Las Vegas, NV
Jan 12, 1991
No. 1 at Fresno State W 117–91  11–0
(5–0)
                     Selland Arena 
Fresno, CA
Jan 17, 1991
No. 1 at UC Irvine W 117–76  12–0
(6–0)
                     Bren Events Center 
Irvine, CA
Jan 19, 1991
No. 1 Long Beach State W 114–63  13–0
(7–0)
                     Thomas & Mack Center 
Las Vegas, NV
Jan 21, 1991
No. 1 at UC Santa Barbara W 88–71  14–0
(8–0)
                     The Thunderdome 
Santa Barbara, CA
Jan 26, 1991*
No. 1 at Louisville W 97–85  15–0
                     Freedom Hall 
Louisville, KY
Jan 28, 1991
No. 1 at Utah State W 126–83  16–0
(9–0)
                     Dee Glen Smith Spectrum 
Logan, UT
Jan 31, 1991
No. 1 at San Jose State W 88–64  17–0
(10–0)
                     The Event Center 
San Jose, CA
Feb 3, 1991*
No. 1 Rutgers W 115–73  18–0
                     Thomas & Mack Center 
Las Vegas, NV
Feb 7, 1991
No. 1 Fresno State W 113–64  19–0
(11–0)
                     Thomas & Mack Center 
Las Vegas, NV
Feb 10, 1991*
No. 1 at No. 2 Arkansas W 112–105  20–0
                     Barnhill Arena 
Fayetteville, AR
Feb 14, 1991
No. 1 UC Santa Barbara W 98–71  21–0
(12–0)
                     Thomas & Mack Center 
Las Vegas, NV
Feb 16, 1991
No. 1 No. 12 New Mexico State W 86–74  22–0
(13–0)
                     Thomas & Mack Center 
Las Vegas, NV
Feb 18, 1991
No. 1 at Long Beach State W 122–75  23–0
(14–0)
                     The Gold Mine 
Long Beach, CA
Feb 21, 1991
No. 1 Pacific W 80–59  24–0
(15–0)
                     Thomas & Mack Center 
Las Vegas, NV
Feb 23, 1991
No. 1 UC Irvine W 114–86  25–0
(16–0)
                     Thomas & Mack Center 
Las Vegas, NV
Feb 25, 1991
No. 1 at No. 15 New Mexico State W 86–74  26–0
(17–0)
                     Pan American Center 
Las Cruces, NM
Mar 2, 1991
No. 1 at Cal State Fullerton W 104–83  27–0
(18–0)
                     Titan Gym 
Fullerton, CA
Big West Tournament
Mar 8, 1991*
No. 1 at Long Beach State
Big West Tournament Quarterfinal
W 49–29  28–0
                     Long Beach Arena 
Long Beach, CA
Mar 9, 1991*
No. 1 vs. UC Santa Barbara
Big West Tournament Semifinal
W 95–66  29–0
                     Long Beach Arena 
Long Beach, CA
Mar 10, 1991*
No. 1 vs. Fresno State
Big West Tournament Championship
W 98–74  30–0
                     Long Beach Arena 
Long Beach, CA
NCAA Tournament
Mar 15, 1991*
(1 W) No. 1 vs. (16 W) Montana
First Round – West Regional
W 99–65  31–0
                     McKale Center 
Tucson, AZ
Mar 17, 1991*
(1 W) No. 1 vs. Georgetown
Second Round – West Regional
W 62–54[1]  32–0
 20  Johnson                McKale Center 
Tucson, AZ
March 21, 1991*
 CBS
(1 W) No. 1 vs. No. 10 Utah
Sweet Sixteen – West Regional Semifinal
W 83–66  33–0
 23  Johnson   13  Johnson   10  Anthony  Kingdome 
Seattle, WA
March 23, 1991*
 CBS
(1 W) No. 1 vs. No. 13 Seton Hall
Elite Eight – West Regional Final
W 77–65  34–0
 30  Johnson   6  Johnson   11  Anthony  Kingdome 
Seattle, WA
March 30, 1991*
 CBS
(1 W) No. 1 vs. No. 6 Duke
Final Four – National Semifinal
L 77–79[2]  34–1
 29  Hunt   13  Johnson   6  Anthony  RCA Dome 
Indianapolis, IN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. W=West.

Sources [2]

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

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Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 
Coaches 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

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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

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "UNLV takes slow road past Hoyas Runnin' Rebels win, 62-54, but fast break is missing". Baltimore Sun. March 18, 1991. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  2. ^ "Duke Exacts Revenge on UNLV, 79-77". Washington Post. March 31, 1991. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  3. ^ http://www.databasesports.com/ncaab/tourney.htm?yr=1991
  4. ^ *ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. Random House. 2009. pp. 987–988. ISBN 0-345-51392-4.
  5. ^ "1990-91 College Basketball Polls". Sports Reference. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-03-02. Retrieved 2009-03-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-06-11. Retrieved 2008-06-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ http://woodenaward.cstv.com/ot/award-winners.html
  9. ^ "1991 NBA Draft on Basketballreference.com". Archived from the original on 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2009-07-04.