Throwback Thursday: NCAA Kicks is a continuing feature taking a look back at the kicks of a generation ago on the feet of some of college hoops top players at some of college hoops most powerful programs. Previously we’ve shown you the “Lethal Weapon 3” era at Georgia Tech and the Converse Voltage. In this installment we take a look at the Stacey Augmon/Larry Johnson era at UNLV.
The UNLV Runnin’ Rebels in the late 80’s and early 90’s were exactly that… college hoop rebels. They were blowing teams out of the “Shark Tank” at the Thomas & Mack Center and not looking back, taking home an NCAA title in 1990. All due to respect to the Michigan Fab Five, but it could be argued that this was the team that created swagger. They were good and they let you know it, both on the court with their play & talk and off the court with their swagger & talk. Cockiness? Confidence? Yes and yes.
It was during the Stacey Augmon & Larry Johnson era that Michael Jordan’s Bulls began to take off becoming a force in the NBA as well as with merchandise. The red-black-white color scheme they shared with the Bulls sold A LOT of merchandise be it shirts, hats, jackets or sneakers. And boy did Vegas take advantage of having the same color scheme when it came to their kicks.
Check out the “Usual Suspects” and what they rocked on their way to two consecutive Final Fours.
What was your favorite sneaker moments from this era of the Runnin’ Rebels? Tell us in the comments below.