For as much as Duke University is hated today, twenty years ago they were a sympathetic figure. In 757 career games, Anthony averaged 7.3 points and four assists. Do you have a blog? Tark was matched up with Lute Olsen and the Arizona Wildcats led by perennial All-American Sean Elliot. He won two regular-season championships and went to two NCAA tournaments during his three seasons with South Dakota State. In the eyes of the NCAA, Duke University was the most pristine of it’s programs. 1990 UNLV Rebels Basketball National Champions Black T-shirt - Mens Size Large. It took a season for Stacey Augmon to find his footing at UNLV, averaging just 9.1 points his freshman year, but once he did, the “Plastic Man” became a serious threat. Following a run to the Elite Eight in the 1989 NCAA Tournament, UNLV head coach Jerry Tarkanian was determined to go even further the following season. Borzello: On the plus side, Otzelberger coached an entertaining style and won games at South Dakota State. Here’s a special feature on that team with Coach Tark and the starters of that team followed by a great article on the 90 Rebels. And that's it. Won West Second Round (62-54) versus #8 Georgetown The Rebels would lose to Indiana in a classic National Semifinal, ending their season at 37-2. Dave Rice (2012-16), 98-55 (.645), 2 NCAA tournaments -- Rice played for Tarkanian at UNLV and had a decade's worth of experience as an assistant with the Rebels before being plucked from the BYU staff to succeed Lon Kruger in 2011. We have tools and resources that can help you use sports data. He added junior college transfer Larry Johnson to an already-stacked lineup that included hometown boy Greg Anthony, Stacey Augmon, and Anderson Hunt. Cleveland Edwards (interim), 5-9 in part of 1994-95 season -- Edwards was the fourth and final man to serve as UNLV's coach within a three-and-a-half-month span of the misbegotten 1994-95 season. He would have done the same at UNLV. The Rebels trailed by 7 points at the half before junior forward Stacey Augmon took over the game at both ends of the floor to seal a win for the Rebels and a date with the Duke Blue Devils that Monday night. UNLV prevailed, winning by 30 and scoring 131 points in a fast-paced contest. The first college team I ever liked were the UNLV Runnin Rebels. If it turns out that Otzelberger really does deserve partial credit for recruiting some of the best players at Iowa State and Washington during his stints as an assistant, the future could (finally) be bright for UNLV. The Rebels are reportedly paying new head coach TJ Otzelberger between $1.1 million and $1.5 million per year for the next five seasons; that's not on par with the majority of power-conference schools. Won West Regional Semifinal (83-66) versus #4 Utah Select PayPal Credit at checkout to have the option to pay over time. Just look at the number of head coaches since Tarkanian at the top of this piece: 13 coaches, including six interims. Owning one trip to the second weekend (2007) since Tark's last Final Four team is how you become a thing of the past. His players were seen as scholar athletes from close knit families that lived in middle class America. We will get that magic back. He took a job with the Knicks in 2012 as a player development representative and, due to his time with the Rebels, was inducted into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame and is a member of the UNLV Hall of Fame as well. He's now finding ways to get top-100 recruits to Lubbock; imagine him recruiting guys to Las Vegas. But the Runnin’ Rebels had left their mark in college basketball history and numerous players went on to success in the NBA. All logos are the trademark & property of their owners and not Sports Reference LLC. He next spent five years with the Portland Trailblazers and finished his 15-year NBA career with stints with the Hornets and Magic. It's hard to maintain consistency in goals and targets -- and how to achieve them -- when the leadership is shifting every couple years. The Rebels would go on to defeat the Lions by 30 points to once again reach the Final Four. This isn’t the NBA where you need to be consistent in a best of seven series. Something went wrong. 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Right now it's easy to say that Otzelberger won at South Dakota State with the previous coach's players (one in particular: Daum), but that's what people said about Bruce Weber at Illinois and things have panned out pretty well for him at Kansas State. Hearsay is non-admissable. $25.00 + shipping . Part Texas Western, part Georgetown is how I’ve viewed teams coached under Tarkanian. Medcalf: Probably Kruger, only because he was actually there. He spent four seasons in the Big Apple before heading to the Grizzlies in the expansion draft in 1995, the year he had his best overall season with 14 points and 6.9 assists per game. But by the time the NCAA Tournament rolled around, the Runnin’ Rebels were 29-5 and were the top seed in the West Region. 1990 NCAA Tournament | Bracket Champion: UNLV Most Outstanding Player: Anderson Hunt, UNLV Final Four: UNLV, Duke, Georgia Tech, Arkansas Shining Moments. Despite a stellar college career, Anderson Hunt was not drafted into the NBA but did find a little success in the CBA and overseas. 4. It also generates the lowest revenue from men's basketball ($5.7 million) among those schools. For a relatively youthful coach like Otzelberger (he's 41), this is a great job and, more particularly, a great opportunity. Hell, I’ll even go on record and say the 1990 UNLV squad belongs in the top 10 of all time teams. Vegas would face Georgia Tech in the second National Semifinal game. In 1998, the NCAA settled with Tarkanian for $2.5 million on charges filed by Tarkanian that he was harassed by the NCAA for more than two decades – despite denying these claims the NCAA paid the settlement. N/A. The PayPal Credit account is issued by Synchrony Bank. In The Paint Show: Lakers in Trouble? Get the item you ordered or get your money back. He was good with people.". 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UNLV Basketball Ex-UNLV, Clark player H Waldman makes a name in business H Waldman played for UNLV from 1990-92 and Saint Louis from 1993-95 before playing internationally in three countries. Despite solid careers for most of them, they all fell short of the careers I thought they were going to have. An item that has been used previously. Key accomplishments: 509-105 (.829) record, 12 NCAA tournaments, 4 Final Fours (1977, 1987, 1990, 1991), 1990 national championship. The Runnin’ Rebels and Sin City was a marriage fit for a lavish wedding at the Graceland Chapel.. Rice gained some early momentum -- he won 51 games in his first two years, and recruited well, including a future No. The former New Mexico State coach did make gains on the recruiting trail, but could not translate those wins into success quickly enough to satisfy the UNLV administration or fan base. Roundtable: What's kept UNLV from restoring the glory? When the job opened in March, we heard all sorts of big names: Rick Pitino, Tyronn Lue, Jason Kidd, Frank Martin. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. Spoonhour stepped down near the end of the 2003-04 season due to heart problems. When the program was placed on four years probation by the NCAA, the university fired Bayno. Gasaway: Unlike a high mid-major fiefdom like the West Coast Conference (Gonzaga), the Mountain West is just waiting for a coach to come in and take control of the league. I think the other part is just the simple fact it's not in a power conference. For additional information, see the Global Shipping Program. The NCAA had it’s eye on the Vegas program long before Tark entered the picture (1971) and forced Vegas to suspend Tark  for two seasons. You only have to beat a team once to win. Since Tark took the Runnin' Rebels to the 1991 Final Four, however, this program's been to exactly one Sweet 16 in the last 28 years. It's fair to be concerned about how he will recruit to UNLV. The Runnin’ Rebels would embarrass the Blue Devils 103-73 and give Jerry Tarkanian his first and only National Championship. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. Anderson Hunt killed Duke from the outside for 29 points on his way to winning the Final Four MVP. In 1993, Johnson signed what was at the time the richest contract in NBA history for seven years and $84 million. In coach Mike Krzyzewski, here was a young coach who had great players but could never win the big one. 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. Will usually ship within 1 business day of receiving cleared payment. Share on Facebook - opens in a new window or tab, Share on Twitter - opens in a new window or tab, Share on Pinterest - opens in a new window or tab. Not to mention fans in Vegas will like a style that places a premium on a fast pace and lots of 3s. In The Paint Show: Clippers’ Meltdown, Lakers-Nuggets Preview, Pangos All-West Standouts! He had indicated the pressure was building.". Good would later serve as head coach at Bryant and Loyola Marymount. UNLV had defied the critics who said their style of basketball couldn’t win a national title and continued their dominance the following year, winning their first 34 games of the 1990-1991 season before being upset by Duke in the Final Four, ending their hopes of the first undefeated season since Bobby Knight’s Indiana Hoosiers pulled it off in 1976. No one likes the bad guy, but you have to respect a rebel. In his two years at UNLV, Larry Johnson averaged 21.6 points per game and was clearly the best player on the team, winning the coveted Naismith Player of the Year award, as well as the John Wooden award, in 1991.