ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Stacey Augmon, Larry Johnson, Jerry Tarkanian, NCAA violations. Yes, you could play the word association game for hours and not run out of memories, good and bad, for UNLV.
As for Colorado? Well, this is the program that produced Chauncey Billups. And there was the time the coach took the sledgehammer to the locker room as a not-so-subtle way of getting a construction project going. Even more recently, there was an NCAA snub that still bothers this team a year later.
One school with a secure spot on the college basketball landscape meets another trying to find one on Thursday in the South regional. In an odd twist, it’s the sixth-seeded Runnin’ Rebels (26-8) looking for a spark, while the 11th-seeded Buffs (23-11) have suddenly found theirs.