The sight of Carlos Lopez-Sosa standing in front of the bench in his warmups applauding teammates and trying to ignite the crowd has become an indelible image for UNLV fans.
It was a little past 3 p.m. Sunday when Bryant Gumbel’s brother announced that seventh-seeded San Diego State would play 10th-seeded Oklahoma in the NCAA Tournament in Philadelphia on Friday.
Brittney Griner and Baylor’s path to a second straight national championship will have a familiar feel.
UNLV is seeded No. 5 in the East Region and will open NCAA Tournament play Thursday against No. 12 seed California at San Jose, Calif.
One of the most dramatic wins of UNLV’s season was a 76-75 December victory at California on an offensive rebound and putback by Quintrell Thomas with 1.2 seconds remaining.
It’s tough to predict how far Oklahoma State will go in the NCAA Tournament, but few teams are loaded with better young talent, starting with freshman point guard Marcus Smart. He’s a good bet to go early in this summer’s NBA Draft.
This is what happened at some point in a conference room Sunday that housed the NCAA Tournament selection committee in Indianapolis: UNLV was placed in the bracket as a No. 5 seed and Cal was placed opposite it as a No. 12, and a red flag appeared on the movie theater-size projection screen displaying the matchup.