The 1990 NCAA tournament concluded with UNLV winning the national championship thanks to a 30-point rout of Duke in the final, 103-73. The margin set the record for largest in championship game history.

Get the 1990 NCAA tournament information below, including the bracket, scores records. UNLV’s Anderson Hunt was named Most Outstanding Player.

The 1990 tournament also saw No. 11 seed Loyola Marymount’s run to the Elite Eight following the death of star player Hank Gathers due to a heart condition. Teammate Bo Kimble honored Gathers by shooting his first free throw left-handed in each game. Gathers, who was right-handed, didn’t miss. LMU also upset defending champion Michigan 149-115 in the second round.

1990 NCAA tournament: Bracket

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1990 NCAA tournament: Scores

  • First Round
    • East Regional
      • No. 1 UConn 76, No. 16 Boston University 52
      • No. 9 California 65, No. 8 Indiana 63
      • No. 5 Clemson 49, No. 12 BYU 47
      • No. 4 La Salle 79, No. 13 Southern Miss 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 71
    • Midwest Regional
      • 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
    • Southeast Regional
      • No. 1 Michigan State 75, No. 16 Murray State 71 (OT)
      • No. 9 UC Santa Barbara 70, No. 8 Houston 66
      • No. 5 LSU 70, No. 12 Villanova 63
      • No. 4 Georgia Tech 99, No. 13 East Tennessee State 83
      • No. 6 Minnesota 64, No. 11 UTEP 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 Regional
      • 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
  • Second Round
    • East Regional
      • No. 1 UConn 74, No. 9 California 54
      • No. 5 Clemson 79, No. 4 La Salle 75
      • No. 3 Duke 76, No. 6 St. John’s 72
      • No. 7 UCLA 71, No. 2 Kansas 70
    • Midwest Regional
      • No. 8 North Carolina 79, No. 1 Oklahoma 77
      • No. 4 Arkansas 86, No. 12 Dayton 84
      • No. 6 Xavier 74, No. 3 Georgetown 71
      • No. 10 Texas 73, No. 2 Purdue 72
    • Southeast Regional
      • No. 1 Michigan State 62, No. 9 UC Santa Barbara 58
      • No. 4 Georgia Tech 94, No. 5 LSU 91
      • No. 6 Minnesota 81, No. 14 Northern Iowa 78
      • No. 2 Syracuse 63, No. 7 Virginia 61
    • West Regional
      • No. 1 UNLV 76, No. 8 Ohio State 65
      • No. 12 Ball State 62, No. 4 Louisville 60
      • No. 11 Loyola Marymount 149, No. 3 Michigan 115
      • No. 7 Alabama 77, No. 2 Arizona 55
  • Sweet 16
    • East Regional
      • No. 1 UConn 71, No. 5 Clemson 70 | Watch full game
      • No. 3 Duke 90, No. 7 UCLA 81
    • Midwest Regional
      • No. 4 Arkansas 96, No. 8 North Carolina 73
      • No. 10 Texas 102, No. 6 Xavier 89
    • Southeast Regional
      • No. 4 Georgia Tech 81, No. 1 Michigan State 80 (OT)
      • No. 6 Minnesota 82, No. 2 Syracuse 75
    • West Regional
      • No. 1 UNLV 69, No. 12 Ball State 67
      • No. 11 Loyola Marymount 62, No. 7 Alabama 60
  • Elite Eight
    • East Regional
      • No. 3 Duke 79, No. 1 UConn 78 (OT)
    • Midwest Regional
      • No. 4 Arkansas 88, No. 10 Texas 85
    • Southeast Regional
      • No. 4 Georgia Tech 93, No. 6 Minnesota 91
    • West Regional
      • No. 1 UNLV 131, No. 11 Loyola Marymount 101
  • Final Four (Denver, Colorado)
    • National semifinals
      • No. 3 Duke 97, No. 4 Arkansas 83
      • No. 1 UNLV 90, No. 4 Georgia Tech 81
    • National championship

1990 NCAA tournament: Upsets

The following double-digit seeds won games:

Team Score Opponent
FIRST ROUND
No. 14 Northern Iowa 74-71 No. 3 Missouri
No. 12 Dayton 88-86 No. 5 Illinois
No. 12 Ball State 54-53 No. 5 Oregon State
No. 11 Loyola Marymount 111-92 No. 6 New Mexico State
No. 10 Texas 100-88 No. 7 Georgia
SECOND ROUND
No. 12 Ball State 62-60 No. 4 Louisville
No. 11 Loyola Marymount 149-115 No. 3 Michigan
No. 10 Texas 73-72 No. 2 Purdue
SWEET 16
No. 11 Loyola Marymount 62-60 No. 7 Alabama
No. 10 Texas 102-89 No. 6 Xavier

1990 NCAA tournament: Stats, records

Here are the tournament leaders, with games in parentheses (minimum three games):

Individual scoring

  • Bo Kimble, Loyola Marymount (4) — 35.8 points per game

Individual rebounding

  • Dale Davis, Clemson (3) — 14.7 rebounds per game

Individual assists

  • James Sanders, Alabama (3) — 9.0 assists per game

Team records

 

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