The West Coast Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournaments will be sticking around in Las Vegas — at least through 2019.
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Oklahoma-Villanova is a great matchup because of Ryan Arcidiacono, a skinny point guard with a last name that is tough to pronounce and a game that proves even tougher. He’s from Philadelphia, where people are inspired by Rocky Balboa and Vince Papale.
No matter how good Villanova has looked, and we’re talking as good as anyone else in this NCAA Tournament, coach Jay Wright continued to remind his players about a certain game in early December when the Wildcats lost to Oklahoma 78-55 in Hawaii.
No. 2 seed Oklahoma meets No. 2 seed Villanova in the first semifinal, and No. 1 seed North Carolina plays No. 10 seed Syracuse in the second semifinal Saturday in the Final Four at NRG Stadium in Houston.
Aaron Kessler and Tony Miller of the Golden Nugget sports book join the Review-Journal’s Matt Youmans to preview Saturday’s games.
Final Four proposition bets posted at the Westgate sports book.
For Gonzaga, the timing could not have been worse. Coach Mark Few tells The Associated Press the NCAA called to inform him officials blew the call on a 10-second violation that went against the Bulldogs late in Syracuse’s come-from-behind win in the Sweet 16.
Capsule previews of Saturday’s Final Four matchups in Houston.
Lon Kruger and Dana Altman are scheduled to be in Las Vegas from May 22 to 24 for the annual Coaches vs. Cancer golf tournament. Kruger created the event while at UNLV and has returned each year.
The pain of March 30, 1991, will never completely go away. UNLV’s 79-77 loss to Duke at the Final Four at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis remains one of the great upsets not only in the history of college basketball but also all of sports.