The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority on Tuesday extended its sponsorship of the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament through 2020 by unanimously authorizing $500,000 to fund the four-day event.
No. 10 Butler, a 1-point favorite over No. 7 Arkansas, was the only lower seed favored over a higher seed when Las Vegas sports books posted the opening lines Sunday for the NCAA Tournament, which opens on Tuesday and starts in earnest Thursday.
The Mountain West is sending multiple teams to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015. Regular-season champion UNR was chosen as a seventh seed and Mountain West tourney champ San Diego State as a No. 11.
The madness continued Saturday across the Las Vegas Valley as teams from the Pac-12, Mountain West and Western Athletic Conference looked to punch their tickets to the Big Dance.
Deandre Ayton did it all offensively, but it was his momentum-changing pass to Rawle Alkins that gave Arizona its second straight Pac-12 men’s tournament title Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena.
Senior guard Zach Lofton scored a game-high 23 points in New Mexico State’s 72-58 win over Grand Canyon on Saturday night at Orleans Arena.