1986–87 UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball team

1986–87 UNLV Runnin' Rebels men's basketball
PCAA Tournament Champions
PCAA Regular Season Champions
Preseason NIT Champions
Conference Pacific Coast Athletic Association
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 1
1986–87 record 37–2 (18–0 PCAA)
Head coach Jerry Tarkanian
Assistant coaches
Home arena Thomas & Mack Center
Seasons
←  1985–86
1987–88 →
1986–87 PCAA men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 UNLV 18 0   1.000     37 2   .949
UC Santa Barbara 10 8   .556     16 12   .571
San Jose State 10 8   .556     16 14   .533
Cal State Fullerton 9 9   .500     17 13   .567
New Mexico State 9 9   .500     15 15   .500
UC Irvine 9 9   .500     14 14   .500
Utah State 8 10   .444     15 16   .484
Long Beach State 7 11   .389     10 17   .370
Pacific 6 12   .333     10 17   .370
Fresno State 4 14   .222     9 20   .310
1987 PCAA Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1986–87 UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball team represented the University of Nevada Las Vegas in NCAA Division I men's competition in the 1986–87 season under head coach Jerry Tarkanian. The team played its home games in the Thomas & Mack Center, and was a member of the Pacific Coast Athletic Association (PCAA), now known as the Big West Conference; it would join the Western Athletic Conference in 1996 and become a charter member of its current conference, the Mountain West Conference, in 1999.

The nickname "Runnin' Rebels" is unique to men's basketball at UNLV. The default nickname for men's sports teams at the school is simply "Rebels", while all women's teams are known as "Lady Rebels".

Roster

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Schedule and results

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Regular Season
11/21/1986*
No. 5 No. 19 Arizona
Preseason NIT
W 92-87[2]  1-0
                     Thomas & Mack Center (15,065)
Las Vegas, NV
11/24/1986*
No. 5 No. 7 Oklahoma
Preseason NIT
W 90-81  2-0
                     Thomas & Mack Center (14,836)
Las Vegas, NV
11/28/1986*
No. 5 vs. Temple
Preseason NIT
W 78-76  3-0
                     Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
11/29/1986*
No. 5 vs. Western Kentucky
Preseason NIT Championship
W 96-95 2OT[3] 4-0
                     Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
12/27/1986*
No. 1 Old Dominion
UNLV Holiday Classic
W 103-83  10-0
 35  Gilliam                Thomas & Mack Center (19,320)
Las Vegas, NV
12/28/1986*
No. 1 No. 12 Navy
UNLV Holiday Classic
W 104-79[4]  11-0
 27  Gilliam          21  Wade  Thomas & Mack Center (20,321)
Las Vegas, NV
Jan 15, 1987
No. 1 at UC Santa Barbara W 88–74  15–0
(4–0)
                     The Thunderdome 
Santa Barbara, CA
1/17/1987*
No. 1 at No. 16 Oklahoma L 88–89  15–1
                     Lloyd Noble Center 
Norman, OK
2/1/1987*
No. 3 at No. 18 Auburn W 104–85  21–1
                     Beard–Eaves–Memorial Coliseum 
Auburn, AL
Mar 1, 1987
No. 1 at Fresno State W 70–59  30–1
(18–0)
                     Selland Arena 
Fresno, CA
PCAA Tournament
3/5/1987*
No. 1 vs. Long Beach State
Quarterfinals
W 105–70  31–1
                     The Forum 
Inglewood, CA
3/6/1987*
No. 1 vs. Cal State Fullerton
Semifinals
W 99-65  32-1
                     The Forum 
Inglewood, CA
3/7/1987*
No. 1 vs. San Jose State
Championship Game
W 94–69  33–1
                     The Forum 
Inglewood, CA
NCAA Tournament
3/12/1987*
 ESPN
(W1) No. 1 vs. (W16) Idaho State
First Round
W 95–70  34–1
 23  Banks   10  Hudson   9  Wade  Special Events Center (11,314)
Salt Lake City, UT
3/14/1987*
 CBS
(W1) No. 1 vs. (W12) Kansas State
Second Round
W 80–61  35–1
 24  Gilliam   11  Gilliam   13  Wade  Special Events Center (14,944)
Salt Lake City, UT
3/20/1987*
 CBS
(W1) No. 1 vs. (W12) Wyoming
Sweet Sixteen
W 92–78  36–1
 38  Gilliam   13  Gilliam   9  Wade  Kingdome (23,035)
Seattle, WA
3/22/1987*
 CBS
(W1) No. 1 vs. (W2) No. 6 Iowa
Elite Eight
W 84–81[5][6]  37–1
 27  Gilliam   10  Gilliam   12  Wade  Kingdome (22,914)
Seattle, WA
3/28/1987*
 CBS
(W1) No. 1 vs. (MW1) No. 3 Indiana
Final Four
L 93–97  37–2
 38  Banks   10  Gilliam   18  Wade  Louisiana Superdome (64,959)
New Orleans, LA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
Source: [1]

Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 5 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 
Coaches Not released 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 2 1 (32) 1 1 (30) 1 1 (29) 1 (39)

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Awards and honors

Team players drafted into the NBA

Round Pick Player NBA Club
1 2 Armon Gilliam Phoenix Suns
2 24 Freddie Banks Detroit Pistons

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See also

References

  1. ^ "1987 NCAA Final Four program". March 1987. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  2. ^ "Rebels rally to overcome Arizona". Las Vegas Sun. November 21, 1986. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  3. ^ "UNLV Overcomes 21-Point Deficit, Wins NIT Classic". The Washington Post. November 30, 1986. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  4. ^ "Top-Ranked Nevada-Las Vegas Routs Navy, 104-79". The Washington Post. December 30, 1986. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  5. ^ "UNLV Junks Strategy, Runs Down Iowa". Chicago Tribune. March 23, 1987. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "U.N.L.V. and Indiana squeeze into Final 4; Rally beats Iowa, 84-81". The New York Times. March 23, 1987. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  7. ^ *ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. Random House. 2009. pp. 943–944. ISBN 0-345-51392-4.
  8. ^ "1987 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved March 18, 2018.

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