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August 22, 2014

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Battle of I-74 settled 1,700 miles from home

NOW

This is why college wrestling coaches and those of other "minor" sports that get dropped for financial reasons don't particularly care for the way the revenue sports do business.

Despite being only 90 miles apart, Bradley and big brother Illinois traveled some 1,700 miles to Las Vegas, essentially to play each other in the third-place game of that college basketball tournament at the Orleans Saturday night.

Makes perfect fiscal sense to me.

Bradley won the Battle of I-74, 72-68.

I heard the place was rockin'.

Oklahoma beat Utah 77-55 in the championship game. Seattle U., which beat Utah on its home floor before the teams even arrived here, lost to Wofford 84-82 on Saturday.

If any of this makes sense, you, too, can hold a college basketball tournament in Las Vegas.

THEN

You may or may not find this interesting, but Bradley University has produced two hall-of-fame sports broadcasters -- Jack Brickhouse in baseball and Chick Hearn in basketball.

Los Angeles Dodgers' radio play-by-play man Charley Steiner also attended Bradley. He's not in the hall of fame yet and may never be. But you've gotta admit that when he used to lose it on SportsCenter it was pretty funny.

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