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  • UNLV guard Bryce Dejean-Jones is defended by New Mexico guard Tony Snell while taking a three-point shot during their Mountain West Conference Tournament championship game Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack Center. New Mexico won 63-56.
    Rebels are going to need a little luck on Selection Sunday
    March 17, 2013
    What follows is mostly speculation, because when it comes to bracketology what else is there? The Rebels have been squarely in the field of 68 for some time, so the last couple of weeks have been more about getting to a point where they’re playing well enough to have a chance to do something in the tournament.
  • UCLA players, from left, Shabazz Muhammad, David Wear, Kyle Anderson and Travis Wear walk off the court during a timeout against Oregon in the championship NCAA college basketball game in the Pac-12 Conference tournament, Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Las Vegas.  Oregon won 78-69. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
    Oregon beats No. 21 UCLA 78-69 for Pac-12 title
    March 17, 2013
    Oregon hit bottom at the end of the regular season, its chances of a title washed away with consecutive losses. A week later, the Ducks are back on top, with a shiny new title to go with it: Pac-12 tournament champions.
  • Kentucky forward Anthony Davis, left, and forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, right, kiss the trophy after the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Tuesday, April 3, 2012, in New Orleans.  Kentucky beat Kansas 67-59.
    Won and Done: Kentucky tops Kansas 67-59 for title
    April 3, 2012
    Won and Done, indeed. Maybe even Over and Out. All that really matters is that Kentucky parlayed a roster full of NBA talent into a 67-59 victory Monday night over Kansas for the team's eighth national NCAA basketball title — its first since 1998.
  • Kentucky forward Anthony Davis (23) drives to the basket in front of Kansas center Jeff Withey, left, and forward Thomas Robinson during the second half of an NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament championship game Monday, April 2, 2012, in New Orleans.
    No points needed as Davis does everything else for Kentucky
    April 3, 2012
    Never mind that Anthony Davis couldn't score a lick. The rest of his game was simply sublime in Kentucky's 67-59 victory over Kansas on Monday night that gave the Wildcats their eighth national title.
  • Kentucky players celebrate at the end of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Kansas on Monday, April 2, 2012, in New Orleans. Kentucky won 67-59.
    Kentucky tops Kansas 67-59 in NCAA championship
    April 2, 2012
    Doron Lamb scored 12 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 11 to lead Kentucky to a 41-27 lead at halftime of Monday night's NCAA championship game.
  • EA Sports Bar inside the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on Monday, April 2, 2012.
    Photo tour: EA Sports Bar debuts at Cosmopolitan in time for NCAA title game
    April 2, 2012
    EA Sports Bar opened this week, in time for Monday night's NCAA men's basketball tournament championship game. The new bar at the Cosmopolitan will be open until at least June at the pop-up space just inside the resort's Strip enhance.
  • Kansas guard Elijah Johnson (15) drives to the basket over Ohio State guard Aaron Craft, right, during the second half of an NCAA Final Four semifinal college basketball tournament game Saturday, March 31, 2012, in New Orleans.
    Kansas, Kentucky to meet in power-program final
    April 1, 2012
    Jayhawks or Wildcats, take your pick. Either can make a case for this being "their" year. For Kansas, a season that started with low expectations keeps getting better, filled with high-wire comebacks and an inescapable feeling that this was simply meant to be. For Kentucky, a cadre of NBA-caliber players have had the word "champion" practically imprinted on their chests since they gathered at Rupp Arena for the season's first practice.
  • Kansas rallies in second half again, joins Kentucky in championship game
    March 31, 2012
    Tyshawn Taylor made two big free throws and Thomas Robinson finished with 19 points and eight rebounds Saturday night to rally the Jayhawks past Ohio State 64-62 in the Final Four.
  • Kentucky off to title game, beats Louisville 69-61
    March 31, 2012
    Player of the year Anthony Davis has Kentucky right where it expected to be, in the national title game, scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds as the Wildcats held off pesky Louisville 69-61 on Saturday night.
  • Kansas forward Thomas Robinson celebrates as he goes up on the ladder to cut the net after Kansas defeated North Carolina 80-67 in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Midwest Regional final Sunday, March 25, 2012, in St. Louis.
    NCAA Final Four: Where to Watch Guide
    March 30, 2012
    For college basketball fans, the next few days are the best of the year. The Final Four and the NCAA Championship game are arguably best enjoyed with tasty food and drinks, plus a winning bet of course.
  • Jayhawks, Wildcats, Cardinals and Buckeyes have their own game day spots in Southern Nevada
    March 29, 2012
    With only three games left in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, March Madness is beginning to wind down. But for local fans of the Kansas Jayhawks, Kentucky Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals and Ohio State Buckeyes, the weekend will provide one more chance to cheer on their favorite teams.
  • In battle of heavyweights, Kentucky the team to beat
    March 28, 2012
    By any measure, this is a Final Four for heavyweights. The best barometer may be the smiles on the faces of the CBS executives, who know there is nothing better for ratings than the draw of brand names.
  • Kansas guard Elijah Johnson takes part in the final minute of their first round NCAA Basketball Tournament game against Lehigh Thursday, March 18, 2010 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma Ctiy.
    Las Vegas' Elijah Johnson takes the big stage for Kansas in the Final Four
    March 28, 2012
    The way Marcus Johnson sees it, there were only three choices in life for his son, Elijah: college, military or a bum on the street. “If you’re a Johnson, you’re not going to be a bum on the street,” he said.
  • For Kentucky, it’s either red or blue
    March 27, 2012
    The only event that could possibly be bigger in Kentucky would be if Secretariat was reincarnated and in the 2012 Derby starting gate. And even that might not do it this spring.
  • Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, right, guards Louisville's Chris Smith during the first half of their game Dec. 31, 2011 in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky won 69-62.
    Kentucky-Louisville rivalry at new height in Final Four
    March 27, 2012
    As the governor of Kentucky, John Y. Brown Jr. once revived a rivalry that now ranks among the greatest in college basketball. It is an in-state affair that started in 1913, stopped in 1922 and went dormant, save the rare chance meeting, for more than six decades.
  • Kansas forward Thomas Robinson celebrates as he goes up on the ladder to cut the net after Kansas defeated North Carolina 80-67 in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Midwest Regional final Sunday, March 25, 2012, in St. Louis.
    KU and UK join Louisville and Ohio St. in Final 4
    March 25, 2012
    The Final Four is set. In one game Saturday, Kentucky will play Louisville in an intrastate rivalry that puts Cardinals coach Rick Pitino against the school he once coached, then later alienated by returning to the Bluegrass to lead its archrival. In the other semifinal, it will be Ohio State and Kansas, meeting for only the ninth time in their history but for the second time this season. The Jayhawks won the first game 78-67 in Lawrence, Kan., back on Dec. 10. It was the first time the teams had met since 2000.
  • Taylor's 22 lead KU to 80-67 win over Carolina
    March 25, 2012
    Tyshawn Taylor came out of his slump in a big way, scoring 22 points to lead Kansas to an 80-67 victory over North Carolina on Saturday that returned the Jayhawks to the Final Four for the first time since winning it all in 2008.
  • Kentucky beats Baylor 82-70 in South Regional
    March 25, 2012
    Top-seeded Kentucky cruised into the Final Four for the second year in a row, blitzing Baylor with a dominating first half on the way to an 82-70 rout at the South Regional on Sunday.
  • Louisville in Final 4 with 72-68 win over Florida
    March 24, 2012
    Rick Pitino nudged out Billy Donovan for a spot in the Final Four on Saturday when his Louisville team finished the game on a 23-8 run for a 72-68 victory over Florida in the West Regional.
  • Kansas stops late rally from NC State, wins 60-57
    March 23, 2012
    Thomas Robinson had 18 points and 15 rebounds, Jeff Withey blocked 10 shots to finish one shy of the NCAA tournament record, and No. 2 seed Kansas held on to beat North Carolina State 60-57 Friday night in the Midwest Regional semifinals.
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's 24 points lead Kentucky past Indiana
    March 23, 2012
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 24 points and Kentucky shook off a quiet night by freshman star Anthony Davis, pulling away from Indiana in a showdown of storied programs for a 102-90 victory Friday in the South Regional semifinals.
  • Baylor fights off Xavier, North Carolina tops Ohio in OT
    March 23, 2012
    Quincy Acy, the only senior in Baylor's starting lineup, had a double-double to lift the Bears past Xavier 75-70 and into its second regional final in three years.
  • Ohio State ousts Cincinnati, Florida beats Marquette to win West Region final
    March 22, 2012
    Deshaun Thomas scored 26 points and Jared Sullinger had 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead second-seeded Ohio State to an 81-66 victory over No. 6 seed Cincinnati on Thursday night, putting the Buckeyes in the East Regional finals. Bradley Beal pushed Florida a win away from the Final Four and set up Billy Donovan with a perfectly scripted matchup against his old coach and boss, Rick Pitino, after a 68-58 victory over Marquette.
  • Syracuse, Louisville advance in NCAA Tournament
    March 22, 2012
    C.J. Fair broke out of a scoring slump with 15 points and top-seeded Syracuse held on for a 64-63 victory over fourth-seeded Wisconsin on Thursday night in the East Regional semifinals, while Gorgui Dieng swatted away the West Region's top seed to send Rick Pitino into another regional final.
  • North Carolina's Reggie Bullock (35) Kendall Marshall (5) and Harrison Barnes (40) are seen during the second half of a Midwest Regional NCAA tournament second-round college basketball game against Vermont in Greensboro, N.C., Friday, March 16, 2012.
    Top-seeded NCAA Tournament teams can help Las Vegas sports books in long run
    March 19, 2012
    Local sports book directors, generally speaking, would have no issues if No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament won every game before reaching the Final Four. While sports books are often rooting against the top teams in the tournament to cover the spread on a game-by-game basis, they can benefit in several ways if the favorites march in unison to the national semifinals.
  • Cinderella a no show as basketball powerhouses dominate tournament
    March 19, 2012
    This is a different kind of one and done. Instead of three weeks filled with upsets, small schools and all those other feel-good stories that make March Madness so special, basketball fans only get one this year.
  • Cincinnati beats Florida State 62-56 to advance
    March 19, 2012
    Dion Dixon and the Cincinnati Bearcats are making it an Ohio party in the NCAA tournament, giving the Buckeye State four teams in the final 16. Next up, the sixth-seeded Bearcats play Ohio State for only the second time since beating the Buckeyes in 1961 and 1962 for back-to-back national championships.
  • Xavier rallies to beat Lehigh 70-58, advances to South Region semifinals
    March 19, 2012
    Lehigh players received a standing ovation from the crowd at Greensboro Coliseum on Sunday when they sat down to watch a portion of North Carolina's game against Creighton before the Mountain Hawks faced Xavier in the third round of the NCAA tournament.
  • Johnson rescues Jayhawks in 63-60 win over Purdue
    March 19, 2012
    For 37 minutes on Sunday, Kansas' NCAA Tournament existence was on life support, and then the strangest thing happened. Elijah Johnson broke into a grin. Tyshawn Taylor saw it and knew something good was about to happen.
  • No. 13 seed Ohio beats USF 62-56 in NCAA tourney
    March 18, 2012
    Walter Offutt scored 21 points, D.J. Cooper had 19 and No. 13 seed Ohio beat South Florida 62-56 on Sunday night to advance to the NCAA tournament's Midwest Regional semifinals.
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