Las Vegas – 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 National 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 http://www.ncaa.com/Art. Limited edition reproductions will also be made available for purchase via the same website on the same date.
“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.”