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#VegasMadness betting blog: Bruins rocked, favorites are rolling

Several times a hero in March, Steve Alford is a goat this time. The UCLA coach leaned back in his chair, rolled his eyes and watched his team get rocked by rival Southern California for the third time this season.

Dick Vitale says Rick Pitino is not coming to UNLV

Another day passed without a news conference on the UNLV campus to announce Rick Pitino as the new basketball coach. Instead, Dick Vitale explained why Pitino is not coming to town.

Bookmakers could only watch on night UNLV won national title

It was April 2, 1990. Jerry Tarkanian, chewing a towel, was on one bench, with Mike Krzyzewski on the other. The UNLV-Duke showdown in the NCAA championship game in Denver was the headline show on the Strip. But Nevada sports books were banned from posting lines and taking action on the Rebels.

Upon further review: Timing error a factor in Rebels’ loss at Boise State

It’s not a conspiracy that Oliver Stone would be inclined to turn into a documentary. It was two days too late, but some evidence surfaced to suggest that Deville Smith’s last shot against Boise State should have beat the clock.

Sharps waste little time attacking opening lines

Quick turnaround stories always make great material for the media. Not long ago, Indiana was in the college basketball dumpster, but then came Cody Zeller, a 6-foot-11-inch freshman with NBA skills, and everything changed.

Oddsmakers wary of siding with favored Mountain West teams

When he was washing dishes at a seafood restaurant five years ago, Anthony Johnson was an unlikely candidate to play a starring role in this NCAA Tournament. But his story is not a fish tale.

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