The committee was selected for the Vegas 16, a post-season men's basketball tournament that will be played March 26-30 at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
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It all made sense before Wednesday, how this week might play out for UNLV's basketball team, how important it could prove in regards to the postseason, how a winnable game against Arizona State would be followed by an extremely difficult one at Arizona.
Jim Livengood is excited about the upcoming basketball game between UNLV and Arizona. He's more enthused about the possibility of the women's Sweet 16 moving to Las Vegas if/when the NCAA lifts its cromagnon ban on official postseason tournament games being played in cities that offer sports wagering.
NCAA president Mark Emmert's comments Wednesday that the organization is ready to rethink its ban on postseason events in Las Vegas has sparked a lot of conversation about the possibility of NCAA tournaments coming to town.
UNLV now apparently has an important ally in its efforts to bring NCAA-sanctioned events back to Las Vegas.
The NCAA Tournament selection committee has been given more flexibility to create the best matchups for the first weekend of the event.
This latest Final Four — won by Duke on Monday by a 68-63 score against Wisconsin at pristine Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis — was my 20th straight covering the national semifinals and final. It is a stretch that began in 1996 and has included some unforgettable moments, on and off the court.
Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma, lord of the rings, once again conquered the world of women’s college basketball. The Huskies beat familiar foe Notre Dame 63-53 in the NCAA Tournament championship game Tuesday, giving Auriemma a 10th national title. He ties John Wooden, the legendary UCLA men’s coach, for the most championships in Division I basketball.
The text was simple enough. One sentence. More of a promise than statement. This won’t happen next year .
Duke won the NCAA men’s basketball championship in a thrilling title contest, defeating Wisconsin 68-63 on Monday in Indianapolis.
Two days after getting rid of Kentucky — and good riddance to those sore losers — a tougher opponent is awaiting Wisconsin. And it’s not the letdown factor. It’s just never easy to beat Mike Krzyzewski.
To suggest any Duke basketball team over the past 25 years has flown under the national radar is to suggest Tom Brady can walk into any restaurant across the Northeast unnoticed.
Duke has won five NCAA games by an average of 17.6 points in eliminating a 16 seed (Robert Morris), an 8 (San Diego State), a 5 (Utah), a 2 (Gonzaga) and a 7 (Michigan State).
The training table was hot dogs. The morning of the national championship game, he had a cream doughnut and a diet pop. There might have been one media member from a newspaper back home covering the game.
Wisconsin is the reason Kentucky’s season fell two wins short of undefeated, the Badgers having proved a better No. 1 seed with a 71-64 semifinal victory before a Final Four gathering of 72,238 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Kentucky finished 38-1. That close to perfect. That far away.
The Spartans weren’t very good on college basketball’s grandest stage Saturday, and the Blue Devils were, clearly proven in Duke’s 81-61 national semifinal victory. It means the Blue Devils advance Monday to a ninth national title game under coach Mike Krzyzewski, who will be seeking a fifth title.
The Wisconsin Badgers knocked off previously undefeated Kentucky 71-64 to advance to the NCAA men’s basketball championship game
Free throws and freshmen made for a winning combination as Duke breezed past Michigan State 81-61 on Saturday night to advance to the 2015 national championship game.
Kentucky has been in 17 Final Fours and won eight national titles. Wisconsin has been this far four times, winning it all in 1941. They will meet at approximately 5:49 p.m. Saturday in the second Final Four semifinal in Indianapolis.
Duke has advanced 16 times to the Final Four and won four national championships, and Michigan State has made the NCAA semifinals nine times and won two titles. They will meet at 3:09 p.m. Saturday in the first Final Four semifinal in Indianapolis.
Bo Ryan knows how to win basketball games these days, and winning always is cool. The misconception about the Badgers is they win ugly. Those were the old days. This team is different. Wisconsin has run the nation’s most efficient offense this season.
It has been a common theme during Tom Izzo’s 20 years as coach at Michigan State, advancing to seven Final Fours and winning a national title in 2000 without the surplus of can’t-miss players other heralded programs take for granted once the time arrives to recruit another class.
Barry Rohrssen, a former administrative assistant and director of operations at UNLV under Bill Bayno, is in his first season on John Calipari’s staff at Kentucky. “Slice” has made it to the big time. He never won with the Washington Generals. He hasn’t lost with the Wildcats.
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