700 logos in index Logo index | Add new logo | Add to favorites

UNLV Runnin' Rebels logo

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 2008 where they reached the Second Round but lost to eventual champion Kansas.

As of 2009, UNLV is the fourth-winningest program by percentage (.712) in Division I history — ranking behind Kentucky, North Carolina and Kansas, but ahead of UCLA, and Duke. UNLV is 33-15 all-time in the NCAA tournament with a .688 winning percentage. In July 2008, ESPNU named the program the eighth most prestigious collegiate basketball program in the nation since 1984.

In 1990, UNLV won the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship by beating Duke University by a record-setting margin of 103-73, becoming the first team to score over 100 in the championship game. Before becoming a basketball powerhouse in the late 1970s, 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 led the nation in 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. In 1998 the U.S. Supreme Court forced the NCAA to pay Tarkanian $2.5 million for violations stemming from its investigation of UNLV. 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 years after Tarkanian's departure were tumultuous. UNLV hired former Villanova coach Rollie Massimino to replace Tarkanian, but after a 15-13 season in 1993-94, he was let go. The community was outraged to discover that Massimino had been awarded a secret contract — a deal that ultimately led to Maxson's departure from UNLV.

Massimino was replaced by well-respected Tarkanian assistant Tim Grgurich, but he lasted just 7 games in 1994 before resigning. Howie Landa and Cleveland Edwards finished the 1994-95 season for UNLV. The team hired UMass assistant Bill Bayno for the 1995-96 season.

Bayno was an excellent recruiter, bringing in future NBA talent including Shawn Marion, Tyrone Nesby, and Keon Clark. But the Rebels only made the NCAA tournament twice in Bayno's 5-plus seasons, losing in the first round both times. Bayno was let go in 2000, after the NCAA found that UNLV had violated rules while recruiting Lamar Odom. Odom ultimately chose Rhode Island over UNLV.

It was in the wake of Bayno that UNLV began looking for a well-respected coach to act as an anchor for the program. The school intensely pursued former New York Knicks coach Rick Pitino, who ultimately spurned the university before choosing to work at Louisville. Former Saint Louis University coach Charlie Spoonhour replaced Bayno for the 2001-02 season, compiling a 54-31 record before resigning in the middle of the 2004 season.

The anchor turned out to be Lon Kruger, who came to Las Vegas after an unsuccessful stint as the coach of the Atlanta Hawks. Kruger is 107-46 since taking the helm at UNLV in 2004, with a 3-2 record in the NCAA tournament and a 1-2 record in the NIT.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UNLV_Runnin%27_Rebels_basketball) www.unlvrebels.cstv.com