• Legends

    The Once & Future Rebels

    By Greg Blake Miller

    This story originally appeared in the April 7, 2011 edition of Vegas Seven. When Jerry Tarkanian arrived at the Indianapolis Hoosier Dome on March 30, 1991, for an NCAA semifinal game against Duke, he brought with him a seemingly invincible Rebel basketball team, the memory of the previous year’s title-game thrashing of the Blue Devils […]

  • Legends

    The Rebel Alliance

    By Greg Blake Miller

    Anderson Hunt dropped 36 points on the Soviet National Team. Gorbachev did not intervene. The Berlin Wall fell. Maybe it’s age: The newsreel of that autumn is full of strange jump-cuts and garbled headlines and conspiracy theories from the pages of Lewis Carroll. It is, of course, unlikely that the Soviet team’s visit to America’s […]

  • UNLV’s Forgotten Legend

    By Sean DeFrank

    Earl Evans isn’t among the most celebrated UNLV basketball players of all time, but he was one of the most gifted. Unfortunately, his achievements never came close to matching his potential as injuries derailed his professional career. His life ended too soon as well, as Evans died Christmas Eve in Edmond, Okla., at the age […]

  • The Original Rebel

    By Christopher Hagen

    They compiled the worst record in school history. Yet every member of the 1958-59 basketball team is in the UNLV Hall of Fame—from the student managers to the coach. That 5-13 mark is a deceptive measure of accomplishment, because it was recorded by the first basketball team. In fact, it was the first collegiate team […]

  • Velvet Hammer

    Armon Gilliam, one of the greatest players in UNLV basketball history, died from an apparent heart attack during a pickup basketball game outside Pittsburgh on July 5. Fans will remember him as an indomitable power forward who led the Rebels to a 37-2 record and the NCAA Final Four in 1987. But many Las Vegans […]