1990 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

75 Years of March Madness (NCAA)

1990 NCAA Tournament | Bracket

Champion: UNLV

Most Outstanding Player: Anderson Hunt, UNLV

Final Four: UNLV, Duke, Georgia Tech, Arkansas

Shining Moments

  • You likely know this one. Duke is dished the worst, most embarrassing defeat in title game history, losing 103-73 to a UNLV team thatís considered among the best of the best in the history of the sport. Vegas had a Final Four-record 16 steals and ultimately did what so few do: created a legacy around a team that wound up winning just one title.
  • Two of the all-time buzzer-beating moments in tourney history happened in 1990. The first from UConnís Tate George, who hit a game-winner in the Sweet 16 against Clemson. The other was Christian Laettnerís first big March moment, when he beat UConn as time expired in the Southeast Elite Eight 79-78.
  • The sudden death of Loyola Marymount star Hank Gathers catalyzed one of the most bittersweet storylines in NCAA history. Without its best player, 11th-seeded Marymount bested New Mexico State, then defending champ Michigan, then Alabama, before falling 131-101 to UNLV in the Elite Eight. Bo Kimbleís one-handed, lefty free throw in honor of his dead friend and teammate during every tournament game has become part of college basketball lore. Marymount poured in 324 points in four games, a 105.8 average and far and away a tourney record.
  • Michigan State 75, Murray State 71 ends up being the only 1-16 game to ever go to overtime; Northern Iowa sinks a 3 with two seconds to go to upset No. 3 Iowa in the first round.
- Matt Norlander

Championship Game

Location: Denver

UNLV (103)
Player MIN. FG-A FT-A REB. A. PF. PTS.
Larry Johnson 30 8-12 4-4 11 2 3 22
Stacey Augmon 26 6-7 0-1 4 7 5 12
David Butler 27 1-4 2-2 3 3 3 4
Anderson Hunt 31 12-16 1-2 2 2 0 29
Greg Anthony 30 5-11 3-4 1 6 3 13
Stacey Cvijanovich 10 1-2 2-2 1 2 2 5
Travis Bice 9 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2
David Rice 2 0-2 0-0 1 0 0 0
Barry Young 12 2-2 0-0 0 0 1 5
James Jones 8 4-5 0-0 2 0 2 8
Moses Scurry 12 2-5 1-2 6 0 2 5
Chris Jeter 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Totals 200 41-67 13-17 33 24 23 103
 
Duke (73)
Player Min. FG-A FT-A Reb. A PF Pts.
Robert Brickey 24 2-4 0-2 3 2 2 4
Christian Laettner 29 5-12 5-6 9 5 4 15
Alaa Abdelnaby 24 5-7 4-6 7 0 3 14
Phil Henderson 32 9-20 2-2 2 0 2 21
Bobby Hurley 32 0-3 2-2 0 3 3 2
Thomas Hill 8 0-2 0-0 3 1 0 0
Brian Davis 21 2-5 2-3 1 0 1 6
Bill McCaffrey 9 1-3 2-2 2 0 1 4
Greg Koubek 14 1-4 0-0 2 0 0 2
Crawford Palmer 2 0-0 3-4 3 0 0 3
Clay Buckley 3 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0
Joe Cook 2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 2
Totals 200 26-61 20-27 39 11 16 73

National semifinals

UNLV 90, Georgia Tech 81
UNLV (90): Johnson 5-11 4-4 15, Augmon 9-16 3-3 22, Butler 6-10 1-3 13, Hunt 7-15 1-2 20, Anthony 4-9 3-7 14, Cvijanovich 0-0 0-0 0, Bice 0-0 0-0 0, Young 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Scurry 3-4 0-0 6. Team 34-65 (.523) 12-19 (.632) 90.

GEORGIA TECH (81): Scott 8-17 6-9 29, Mackey 2-3 0-0 4, McNeil 2-4 0-1 4, Anderson 7-14 1-2 16, Oliver 9-18 6-9 24, Brown 2-3 0-0 4, Barnes 0-0 0-0 0. Team 30-59 (.508) 13-21 (.619) 81.

Three-point goals: Georgia Tech 8-21 (.381), UNLV 10-15 (.667).

Halftime: Georgia Tech 53-46.

Duke 97, Arkansas 83
DUKE (97): Brickey 8-10 1-3 17, Laettner 5-7 9-12 19, Abdelnaby 8-12 4-5 20, Henderson 10-21 5-5 28, Hurley 0-2 3-6 3, Hill 0-0 0-0 0, Davis 1-4 3-4 5, McCaffrey 0-1 3-4 3, Koubek 1-4 0-0 2, Buckley 0-0 0-0 0, Cook 0-0 0-0 0. Team 33-61 (.541) 28-39 (.718) 97.

ARKANSAS (83): Whitby 0-2 0-0 0, Linn 0-1 0-0 0, Marks 0-0 0-0 0, Day 8-17 7-7 27, Howell 5-9 7-8 18, Credit 2-3 1-4 5, Mayberry 6-18 0-0 12, Bowers 1-6 0-0 2, Murry 2-5 0-0 5, Hawkins 2-4 2-2 6, Miller 1-3 1-2 3, Huery 2-5 1-3 5. Team 29-73 (.397) 19-26 (.731) 83.

Three-point goals: Duke 3-9 (.333), Arkansas 6-21 (.286).

Halftime: Duke 46-43.

All-Tournament Team

Player Pos. Yr. School Statistics
Stacey Augmon F Jr. UNLV (34 pts, 13 rebs, 10 assists in final two games)
Phil Henderson G Sr. Duke (49 pts, 10 rebs)
Anderson Hunt G Soph UNLV* (49 pts, 9 assists, 9 3-pts)
Larry Johnson F Jr. UNLV (37 pts)
Dennis Scott F Jr. Georgia Tech (29 pts/one Final Four game)
*Named Most Outstanding Player.
  • Scoring Leader: Dennis Scott, Georgia Tech (153 points, 30.6 ppg).
  • Highest Scoring Average: Bo Kimble, Loyola Marymount (143 points, 35.75 ppg).
  • Rebounding Leader: Larry Johnson, UNLV (75 rebounds, 12.5 rpg).
  • Highest Rebounding Average: Loy Vaught, Michigan (38 rebounds, 19 rpg).
  • 1990 Tournament Scores

    FIRST ROUND
    Southeast
    No. 1 Michigan State 75, No. 16 Murray State 71 (OT)
    No. 9 UC Santa Barbara 70, No. 8 Houston 66
    No. 5 Louisiana State 70, No. 12 Villanova 63
    No. 4 Georgia Tech 99, No. 13 East Tennessee State 83
    No. 6 Minnesota 64, No. 11 Texas-El Paso 61 (OT)
    No. 14 Northern Iowa 74, No. 3 Missouri 71
    No. 7 Virginia 75, No. 10 Notre Dame 67
    No. 2 Syracuse 70, No. 15 Coppin State 48

    West
    No. 1 UNLV 102, No. 16 Arkansas-Little Rock 72
    No. 8 Ohio State 84, No. 9 Providence 83 (OT)
    No. 12 Ball State 54, No. 5 Oregon State 53
    No. 4 Louisville 78, No. 13 Idaho 59
    No. 11 Loyola Marymount 111, No. 6 New Mexico State 92
    No. 3 Michigan 76, No. 14 Illinois State 70
    No. 7 Alabama 71, No. 10 Colorado State 54
    No. 2 Arizona 79, No. 15 South Florida 67

    East
    No. 1 Connecticut 76, No. 16 Boston University 52
    No. 9 California 65, No. 8 Indiana 63
    No. 5 Clemson 49, No. 12 Brigham Young 47
    No. 4 La Salle 79, No. 13 Southern Mississippi 63
    No. 6 St. John's 81, No. 11 Temple 65
    No. 3 Duke 81, No. 14 Richmond 46
    No. 7 UCLA 68, No. 10 UAB 56
    No. 2 Kansas 79, No. 15 Robert Morris (Pa.) 71

    Midwest
    No. 1 Oklahoma 77, No. 16 Towson State 68
    No. 8 North Carolina 83, No. 9 Southwest Missouri State 70
    No. 12 Dayton 88, No. 5 Illinois 86
    No. 4 Arkansas 68, No. 13 Princeton 64
    No. 6 Xavier 87, No. 11 Kansas State 79
    No. 3 Georgetown 70, No. 14 Texas Southern 52
    No. 10 Texas 100, No. 7 Georgia 88
    No. 2 Purdue 75, No. 15 Northeast Louisiana 63


    SECOND ROUND
    Southeast
    Michigan State 62, UC Santa Barbara 58
    Georgia Tech 94, Louisiana State 91
    Minnesota 81, Northern Iowa 78
    Syracuse 63, Virginia 61

    West
    UNLV 76, Ohio State 65
    Ball State 62, Louisville 60
    Loyola Marymount 149, Michigan 115
    Alabama 77, Arizona 55

    East
    Connecticut 74, California 54
    Clemson 79, La Salle 75
    Duke 76, St. John's 72
    UCLA 71, Kansas 70

    Midwest
    North Carolina 79, Oklahoma 77
    Arkansas 86, Dayton 84
    Xavier 74, Georgetown 71
    Texas 73, Purdue 72


    REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
    Southeast
    Georgia Tech 81, Michigan State 80 (OT)
    Minnesota 82, Syracuse 75

    West
    UNLV 69, Ball State 67
    Loyola Marymount 62, Alabama 60

    East
    Connecticut 71, Clemson 70
    Duke 90, UCLA 81

    Midwest
    Arkansas 96, North Carolina 73
    Texas 102, Xavier 89


    REGIONAL FINALS
    Southeast
    Georgia Tech 93, Minnesota 91

    West
    UNLV 131, Loyola Marymount 101

    East
    Duke 79, Connecticut 78 (OT)

    Midwest
    Arkansas 88, Texas 85


    NATIONAL SEMIFINALS
    UNLV 90, Georgia Tech 81
    Duke 97, Arkansas 83

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    UNLV 103, Duke 73
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