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Encyclopedia > UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball
UNLV Runnin' Rebels

University University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Conference Mountain West
Location Las Vegas, NV
Head Coach Lon Kruger (3rd year)
Arena Thomas & Mack Center
(Capacity: 18,776)
Nickname Rebels
Colors Scarlet and Gray

              Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) is a public, coeducational university located in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, known for its programs in engineering, English, hotel administration, and management information systems. ... The Mountain West Conference (or MWC), the youngest of the college athletic conferences affiliated with the NCAA’s Division I-A, officially began operations in July 1999. ... This article is about the city of Las Vegas in Nevada. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Lon Kruger (born August 19, 1952 in Silver Lake, Kansas) is an American basketball coach. ... Satellite picture of the Thomas & Mack Center. ... The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) is a public, coeducational university located in Las Vegas, Nevada. ... Scarlet (from the Persian saqirlat or latin astacus= crayfish) is a color with a hue between red and orange. ... Gray or grey is a color seen commonly in nature. ...

NCAA Tournament Champions
1990
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1977, 1987, 1990, 1991
Conference Tournament Champions
1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1998, 2000, 2007

The UNLV Runnin' Rebels are a NCAA Division I men's basketball team who play at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their most recent appearance in the NCAA Tournament was in 2007 where they reached the Sweet Sixteen but lost to the Oregon Ducks. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often said NC-Double-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... Division I (or DI) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... Satellite picture of the Thomas & Mack Center. ... For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ... // Final four redirects here. ... The term Sweet Sixteen refers to the final sixteen teams in the NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament, who play in the semi-final game of each of the tournaments four regional brackets. ... The Oregon Ducks refers to the mascot and sports teams of the University of Oregon, located in Eugene, Oregon, United States. ...


In 1990, UNLV won the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship by beating Duke University by a record setting margin (30 points) of 103-73, becoming the first team to score over 100 in the championship game. Before becoming a basketball powerhouse in the late 70s, 80s and early 90s, UNLV was often referred to as "Tumbleweed Tech" due to its relative obscurity. Led by famed coach Jerry Tarkanian, the Runnin' Rebels were among the most exciting teams in the nation. They consistently were tops in the nation in categories such as points scored, turnovers forced, and most importantly - wins. Tarkanian was suspected of violating numerous NCAA regulations, and was forced out in 1992 by then-president Robert Maxson. On November 26, 2005, for his achievements as coach of the Runnin' Rebels (he was 509-105 in 19 years as head coach), the basketball court at the Thomas & Mack Center was renamed Jerry Tarkanian Court. The turmoil was highly controversial and remains a hot button issue in Las Vegas to this day. Jerry Tarkanian (born August 8, 1930), also known as Tark the Shark, is a former college basketball coach known for colorful behavior, including habitually chewing on a towel during games, and for his public criticisms of and clashes with the NCAA. He was head coach at three different Division I...


On Saturday, December 9, 2006 the UNLV Runnin' Rebels won a significant road game at University of Nevada 58-49 (ranked #20 in the nation at the time). The victory extended UNLV's all-time series lead over Nevada to 49-19. It was the first time UNLV had won a game on the road vs. a ranked opponent since the #1 Runnin' Rebels won at #12 University of New Mexico 86-74 on Feb. 25, 1991, the year UNLV finished 34-1 under coach Jerry Tarkanian with a loss to Duke University in the NCAA semifinals being their only defeat.


On Saturday, March 10, 2007 the UNLV Runnin' Rebels won the Mountain West Conference Basketball Championship beating BYU Cougars 78-70. The Rebels came back from an eleven point deficit at half time to win. Kevin Kruger was named the tournament MVP. Theyreached the Sweet Sixteen of the 2007 Men's Division I NCAA Tournament where they lost to Oregon, 76-72. They finished 14th in the polls--their first appearance in a final poll in 14 years.


 
 

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