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1990 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament

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MOP  Anderson Hunt UNLV
Dates  15 Mar 1990 – 2 Apr 1990
Finals site  McNichols Sports Arena
Attendance  537,138
Teams  64
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Champions  UNLV (1st title, 1st title game, 3rd Final Four)
Runner-up  Duke (4th title game, 8th Final Four)
Semifinalists  Arkansas (4th Final Four) Georgia Tech (1st Final Four)
Winning coach  Jerry Tarkanian (1st title)
Champion  UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball
Similar  1992 NCAA Division I, 1995 NCAA Division I, 1981 NCAA Men's Div, 1997 NCAA Division I, 1985 NCAA Division I

The 1990 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament involved 64 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of NCAA Division I men's college basketball. It began on March 15, 1990, and ended with the championship game on April 2 in Denver, Colorado. A total of 63 games were played.


UNLV, coached by Jerry Tarkanian, won the national title with a 103-73 victory in the final game over Duke, coached by Mike Krzyzewski. In doing so, UNLV set the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament record for largest margin of victory in a championship game. Though not a mid major UNLV's win marks the last time a school from a non-power conference has won the championship game. Anderson Hunt of UNLV was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

This tournament is also remembered for an emotional run by Loyola Marymount in the West Regional. In the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament, Lions star forward Hank Gathers collapsed and died due to a heart condition. The WCC tournament was immediately suspended, with the regular-season champion Lions given the conference's automatic bid. The team defeated New Mexico State, then laid a 34-point thrashing on defending national champion Michigan, and defeated Alabama in the Sweet Sixteen (the only game in which Loyola Marymount did not score 100 or more points in the tournament) before running into eventual champion UNLV in the regional final. Gathers' childhood friend Bo Kimble, the team's undisputed floor leader in the wake of the tragedy, paid tribute to his friend by attempting his first free throw in each game left-handed despite being right-handed. (Gathers was right-handed, but struggled so much with free throws that he tried shooting them left-handed for a time.) Kimble made all of his left-handed attempts in the tournament.

This tournament marked the first time that the NCAA employed a timekeeping rule that had been conceived by FIBA, in which the final minute of each half counted down in tenths of seconds as opposed to whole seconds.

First and second rounds

  • Atlanta (Omni Coliseum)
  • Austin, Texas (Frank Erwin Center)
  • Hartford, Connecticut (Hartford Civic Center)
  • Indianapolis (Hoosier Dome)
  • Knoxville, Tennessee (Thompson–Boling Arena)
  • Long Beach, California (Long Beach Arena)
  • Richmond, Virginia (Richmond Coliseum)
  • Salt Lake City, Utah (Jon M. Huntsman Center)
  • Announcers

  • Brent Musburger and Billy Packer (The NCAA championship game would be Musburger's final assignment after being fired by CBS on April 1)
  • Dick Stockton and Hubie Brown
  • James Brown and Bill Raftery
  • Greg Gumbel and Quinn Buckner
  • Brad Nessler and Tom Heinsohn
  • Tim Brant and Len Elmore
  • References

    1990 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament Wikipedia