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Jerry Tarkanian's greatest loss might have been George Gervin
Jerry Tarkanian's greatest loss might have been George Gervin

How many points would Hall of Famer George Gervin have been worth for Long Beach State in an NCAA tournament game? It’s a what-might-have-been question 49ers fans could ask. Three, maybe? Former UNLV Coach Jerry Tarkanian died Wednesday. For five seasons he was Long Beach State’s coach, winning 122 games in the shadow of UCLA’s John Wooden. All seven of the 49ers’ NCAA tournament victories came during the Tarkanian era. But the 49ers lost to the Bruins three times in the NCAA tournament, including a 57-55 defeat in the 1971 Western Regional final. Had it not been for a bout of homesickness, things might have been different. Gervin, who scored 20,708...

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