Oct. 29, 2009
LAS VEGAS - A unique collector’s item has been developed for the 20th anniversary celebration of the 1990 UNLV Runnin’ Rebel National Championship team. All attending the National Championship 20th Anniversary Gala at Green Valley Ranch Resort on Monday, Nov. 9, will receive an 11x16-inch replica of the original national championship banner.
“It’s so simple, yet so unique,” said Interim UNLV Athletics Director Jerry Koloskie. “It will be something any UNLV fan can proudly display.”
UNLV Runnin' Rebel basketball will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its 1990 National Championship team Nov. 9-10, during a special Legends & Friends celebration. Many members of the national championship team have verbally committed to attend the function including coach Jerry Tarkanian and starters Greg Anthony, Larry Johnson, Anderson Hunt and David Butler.
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"It's hard to believe that 20 years has gone by since we won the national championship," Johnson said. "The years I spent at UNLV were some of the best of my life and I am looking forward to seeing many of my old teammates. It will be fun to reminisce with not only them, but to also share the night with this community that was so much a part of what we accomplished."
UNLV finished the 1989-90 season 35-5 overall and topped Duke 103-73 in the NCAA Tournament title game. The 30-point margin-of-victory is still a record for a national championship contest. The same nucleus of players returned UNLV to the Final Four in 1990-91, finishing the year 34-1 and cementing itself as one of the great college basketball teams in history.
On Monday evening (Nov. 9), the gala will honor the 1989-90 UNLV Runnin' Rebel team. A cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner and presentation set for 7:30 p.m. Tables (featuring 10 seats) as well as individual tickets are available to the public to purchase (deadline for purchasing tickets is Tuesday, Nov. 3). Tickets are $1000 per table and $100 per person. Those purchasing a table will receive a special commemorative gift. To register for the event, please call 702-895-3295. Seating is limited.
Immediately following the gala on Monday night, an after party will be held between the Drop Bar and Quinn's on the casino floor of the Green Valley Ranch Resort.
The 4th Annual Legends & Friends Golf Classic will tee off on Tuesday (Nov. 10) at 10 a.m. at Dragon Ridge Golf and Country Club. For more information on participating, contact the Rebel Athletic Fund at (702) 895-4753. UNLV will then host Washburn in an exhibition game at 7 p.m. later that Tuesday night at the Thomas & Mack Center. The 1990 National Championship team will also be honored at halftime of the game. Immediately following the UNLV game vs. Washburn, the annual Legends Game featuring former Runnin' Rebel players from all eras playing basketball will be featured at the Thomas & Mack Center. Admission to the UNLV Runnin' Rebel game is required.
National Championship 20th Anniversary Celebration Schedule
Monday, Nov. 9 National Championship 20th Anniversary Gala (Green Valley Ranch Resort)
6-7:30 p.m. Cocktail reception
7:30 p.m. Dinner and Presentation
9:15 p.m. (Approx.) Official National Championship 20th Anniversary Gala After Party (GVRR)
Tuesday, Nov. 10
10 a.m. Tee Time 4th Annual Legends & Friends Golf Classic (Dragon Ridge Golf & Country Club)
7 p.m. UNLV vs. Washburn (Thomas & Mack Center)
8:45 p.m. (Approx.) Legends Basketball Game (Thomas & Mack Center)