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20 UNLV Games to Watch During Quarantine

For UNLV fans, here are some games to take a look while you are at home. 

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While we are all cooped up in our homes (which could be ending sooner than later), and with no live sports being played, many of us are looking to the dark depths of the internet to find some old games to watch. So, I decided to do some digging myself and found 20 UNLV games you can re-watch (or for someone like me, watch for the first time), while we are stuck in our houses.

Disclaimer: I only picked games that included the full game (some games had the first few minutes chopped off because a previous game ran long). If there are any games that you think I missed, leave them below in the comments.

1) 1990 National Championship Game vs Duke:

Of course, this is number one, can you even say you’re an UNLV fan if you have never watched this game? This game is the 1990 National Championship where UNLV demolished Duke by 30 points. To this day, it is still the most points scored in a national championship game and the largest margin of victory in a game.

2) 1977 UNLV over San Francisco 121-95, to go to Final Four:

When Jerry Tarkanian came to Las Vegas, it did not take long before the Rebels were on the run. UNLV made the Sweet 16 in year two and three under Tarkanian. And they took another step in 1976-1977 when the Hardway Eight led UNLV to the school’s first Final Four. With six different players in double figures, the Runnin’ Rebels had no problem with the Dons on their way to a Final Four appearance.

3) 1985 UNLV 142-140 win at Utah State:

At the time, it was the highest scoring college basketball game. The game needed three overtimes to decide the outcome, the Aggies held an 140-134 lead with over three minutes remaining, but UNLV finished the game on an 8-0 run to take the victory. The win was Jerry Tarkanian’s 600th career college victory (junior college and NCAA).

4) Nov. 1986 UNLV buzzer-beater win against Temple:

The Runnin’ Rebels were heavy favorites against Temple when they faced the Owls in the NIT Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York. UNLV trailed most of the game but had the ball on the final possession. Armon Gilliam found Gerald Paddio, who knocked down his seventh three-pointer of the game to win the game for the Rebels, 78-76 and they advanced to the championship game the next night against Western Kentucky.

5) Dec. 1986 #1 UNLV vs David Robinson and #12 Navy:

As part of the UNLV Holiday Classic, the Runnin’ Rebels squared off against the Navy Midshipmen. Led by David Robinson, Navy entered the game ranked 12th in the country, but the Runnin’ Rebels were number one in the country. Just like many UNLV games, the game was not close. The Rebels easily defeated Navy, citing Robinson to say after the game that “they (UNLV) made us look stupid.”

6) 1989 Sweet 16 UNLV vs Arizona:

Before UNLV made its national championship run in the 1990 NCAA Tournament, they had a deep run in the 1989 NCAA Tournament. With Greg Anthony, Stacey Augmon, and Anderson Hunt, the Rebels made a run to the Elite Eight, losing to eventual national runner-up Seton Hall. But, in the Sweet 16 game, the Rebels needed a late shot from Hunt to defeat the Wildcats.

7) 1991 #1 UNLV at #2 Arkansas:

Whenever number one and number two faceoff, it gets a lot of national attention. Both teams were undefeated at that point. The Rebels had dominated every game they played to that point. The Razorbacks gave UNLV its toughest game to that point of the season. Arkansas forced the game to overtime, but it did not phase UNLV as their perfect season remained in tack.

8) 1998 UNLV upsets #5 Utah in WAC Tournament:

UNLV entered the 1998 WAC Tournament needing to win the tournament to have earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament. And beginning the tournament against fifth ranked Utah, the road was not going to be easy for the Rebels, especially since the Utes had defeated UNLV twice in the regular season by double digits. But the Rebels held the Utes to their lowest point total of the season, 51, on their way to an upset victory over Utah, who made the Final Four later that season.

9) 1998 UNLV beats #20 New Mexico to go back to NCAA Tournament:

It had been seven years since UNLV had been to the NCAA Tournament. They would face another ranked opponent, 20th ranked New Mexico, in the WAC championship game. Already having won three games in four days, the Lobos could not stop UNLV’s momentum as the Rebels won the WAC Tournament and made it back to the NCAA Tournament.

10) 2000 Las Vegas Bowl UNLV vs Arkansas:

Link (unable to embed): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FM-7B8dZveQ

UNLV has not had a lot of success on the football field, which you could notice by the first Rebel football game on this list being at number 10 (partially because UNLV football games were hard to find). Led by quarterback Jason Thomas and hall of fame coach John Robinson, UNLV outscored Arkansas 24-0 late in the second half through the rest of the game to defeat the Razorbacks and win the Las Vegas Bowl.

11) 2007 MWC Champ Game vs BYU:

The Rebels were back in the Mountain West championship game and they faced their rivals BYU. The first half was not one the Rebels were proud of; they were held scoreless through the first six minutes and they were down double digits through most of the first half. UNLV shaked off the bad first half and chipped away at the BYU lead, eventually taking the lead and winning its second Mountain West title.

12) UNLV 2007 NCAA Tournament vs Georgia Tech:

After defeating BYU in the MWC championship game, the Rebels earned a 10-seed in the NCAA Tournament and battled Georgia Tech in the first round. After taking down the Yellow Jackets, 67-63, UNLV defeated Wisconsin to go to the Sweet 16. The game was UNLV’s first win in the NCAA Tournament since 1991.

13) 2008 MWC Champ Game vs BYU:

For the second straight year, the Rebels and Cougars squared off for the Mountain West title. Both teams split their regular season games, both resulting in blowouts. The Cougars held the lead at halftime, but the Rebels came out firing in the second half. They were led by Wink Adams, who had 14 of his 23 points in the final seven minutes of the game, and Curtis Terry had 20 as UNLV won its third Mountain West title.

14) 2010 UNLV takes down #12 BYU:

The UNLV-BYU rivalry continued into this matchup in 2010. The Cougars were atop the Mountain West standings and the Rebels were right behind them. A sold-out Thomas and Mack Center were in awe as the Rebels jumped out to an early 11-2 lead, and they never looked back. Hot three-point shooting put the Rebels ahead of the Cougars, into a tie for first place in the Mountain West and back in the top-25. UNLV held Jimmer Fredette to only 21 points on 4 of 15 shooting.

15) 2011 UNLV upset against #1 North Carolina (Missed first few minutes because of college football game):

UNLV had sprinted out to an early 6-0 start in year one under Dave Rice. Game number seven would pit the Rebels against number one North Carolina in the championship of the Las Vegas Invitational. In their “home away from home,” at Orleans Arena the Rebels took down the Tar Heels in one of the most signature

16) 2012 #13 San Diego State vs #14 UNLV:

12th ranked UNLV fell to the Aztecs in San Diego 69-67 in the opener of Mountain West play. Less than a month later, the two teams, both ranked in the top 15, meet in front of 18,000 plus in a sold-out Thomas and Mack Center for a rematch. Using the home crowd to its advantage, the Rebels got their revenge against San Diego State.

17) 2014 UNLV upsets #3 Arizona:

UNLV was in a rebuilding stage, they had just missed their first NCAA Tournament in four seasons. The Rebels were not expected to win, but with Patrick McCaw, Christian Wood, and Rashad Vaughan, they kept it close against the Wildcats and pulled through late to pull off the upset victory.

18) 2015 UNLV defeats #13 Indiana in Maui Invitational:

2015-2016 was supposed to be a rebound year for the Rebels. They had a stacked roster with players like Patrick McCaw, Stephen Zimmerman Jr., and Derrick Jones Jr. However, that year did not end well for UNLV, resulting in the firing of Dave Rice midseason. However, one highlight took place in the Maui Invitational when the Rebels defeated 13th ranked Indiana in the fifth-place game.

19) 2018 UNLV Football comeback vs UNR:

The Rebels were coming off a heartbreaking loss on the road against Hawaii that UNLV had a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter. It appeared early on that the Rebels were off to another disappointing loss when they faced a 23-0 deficit in the first half against UNR. However, led by Armani Rogers, who was coming off an injury, the Rebels rallied its way back into the game. Two late game interceptions from Javin White sealed the game late for UNLV as they took home the Fremont Cannon.

20) 2020 UNLV upset vs San Diego State

Year one under T.J. Otzelberger got off to a slow start, the Rebels had an under .500 record entering conference play. But when the calendar turned to 2020, the Rebels showed improvement. They started off by defeating reigning conference champions Utah State, and finished the regular season on a five-game winning streak. One of those victories was a win in Viejas Arena against then undefeated, fifth ranked San Diego State.

Bonus Clip

2014: UNLV comeback vs Boise State (no link to the full game)

I was at this game and remember thinking UNLV did not have a chance to come back and win. They were down by double digits at halftime, but they went on a 17-2 run late in the game to erase an 11-point deficit to win 73-69.

Credit to Rebel-Net.com on YouTube for most of these games.

If there are any games that I missed or you think should be added to this list, leave them in the comments here on the story or on Facebook or Twitter.