Painting Honoring Tarkanian To Be Unveiled Thursday

Jan. 22, 2013

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The National Collegiate Athletic Association and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) are celebrating 75 years of March Madness by commissioning one-of-a-kind paintings celebrating each of the national championship coaches who led their teams into history. A painting honoring UNLV and Jerry Tarkanian, head coach of the 1990 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship-winning Runnin' Rebels, will be unveiled this Thursday, Jan. 24, during the game against Wyoming at the Thomas & Mack Center.

The original art piece, designed and painted by world-renowned artist Opie Otterstad, is part of a collection of 75 individual paintings, one for each of the 75 national championships from 1939 through 2013. The piece honoring Coach Tarkanian will be showcased during Thursday's game, which tips off at 6:15 p.m. PST, between Portal 4 by Suite 26. The original piece of art will then be auctioned off online starting that night at www.ncaa.com/Art. Limited edition reproductions will also be made available for purchase via the same website on the same date. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the NABC Foundation, which supports TTRR (Ticket to Reading Rewards), the College Basketball Experience (CBE), and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

"We're pleased to celebrate the crowning achievements of the coaches who have guided their teams to championships over the past 75 years," said Jim Haney, executive director of the NABC. "This collection of artwork will serve as a unique and permanent reminder of these coaches' accomplishments on the court and their incredible contributions to the game of basketball."

"Coach Tarkanian is one of the greatest coaches and teachers in the history of college basketball," said Dan Gavitt, NCAA vice president of men's basketball. "The NCAA and UNLV are eternally grateful for his impact on the lives of the student-athletes he coached and thrilled to honor Coach Tarkanian's place in the tradition of March Madness with this painting."

For complete information about the NCAA and programs celebrating 75 years of March Madness, visit www.ncaa.com/march-madness.