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The History of UNLV Basketball from Wikipedia.
The UNLV Runnin' Rebels are a NCAA Division I men's basketball team who play at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. Their most recent appearance in the NCAA Tournament was in 2012 when they received an at–large bid to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, earning an 6-seed. However, they lost to 11-seed University of Colorado in the second round. As of 2009, UNLV has the fourth-highest winning percentage (.712) in Division I history — ranking behind Kentucky, North Carolina and Kansas, but ahead of UCLA, and Duke. UNLV is 33-18 all-time in the NCAA tournament with a .647 winning percentage. In July 2008, ESPNU named the program the eighth most prestigious collegiate basketball program in the nation since 1984.
In 1977, just seven years after joining Division I, The Rebels made the Final Four in a squad today known as the "Hardway Eight". Ten years later, the team made the Final Four with one loss and 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 and up to this date the only 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. The Runnin' Rebels were well known for going on long runs that turned close games into blowouts.
Tarkanian was suspected of violating numerous NCAA regulations and was forced out in 1992 by then-president Robert Maxson. In 1998 Tarkanian received a $2.5 million out of court settlement when he sued the NCAA 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 last Rebel squad coached by Tarkanian won their ninth consecutive Big West Conference regular season title, but was barred from the NCAA Tournament due to probation. The Rebels had actually been barred from the 1991 tourney only months after winning the title, but a settlement with the NCAA allowed them to play in that tournament and miss the next one.
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.
UNLV Basketball is located in the state of Nevada.
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