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Thursday, August 23, 2012
50 in 50 series: No. 14 UNLV

By Staff

Editor's note: Using a point system devised by the ESPN Stats & Information department, is counting down the 50 most successful programs of the past 50 years. A running list of the top 50 can be found here. For an explanation of the scoring system, read our intro.

14. UNLV (339 points)

Positives: Won 1990 NCAA title; made three other Final Fours (all four under Jerry Tarkanian); won 10 straight regular-season conference titles and seven league tournament titles from 1983-92; the Rebels earned more points than any school during that 10-year span; six consensus All-Americans; seven top-10 picks.

Negatives: Lost 24 points due to sanctions; no regular-season conference titles since 2000; has advanced to Sweet 16 just once since 1991; four different five-year spans of missing NCAA tournament.

Fun fact: Only North Carolina and Indiana had more points than UNLV in the Jerry Tarkanian era (1973-92).

Rank by the decade
1962-69: 0 (T-103rd)*
1970-79: 65 (T-16th)
1980-89: 138 (5th)
1990-99: 96 (14th)
2000-present: 40 (68th)
*Started D-I play in 1970

50 in 50 starting five (1962-present)
G – Greg Anthony (1988-91)
G/F – Stacey Augmon (1987-91)
F – Larry Johnson (1989-91)
F – Eddie Owens (1973-77)
F/C – Sidney Green (1979-83)

Top options off the bench
J.R. Rider (1991-93)
Armon Gilliam (1983-87)
Reggie Theus (1975-78)

50 in 50 coach: Jerry Tarkanian (1973-92)

Best teams (1962-present)
1986-87 (37-2, NCAA national semifinals)
1989-90 (35-5, NCAA national champions)
1990-91 (34-1, NCAA national semifinals)

--Harold Shelton and Brett Edgerton contributed to this post.