The No. 1 Bulldogs and No. 2 Bruins battled in the final of the Good Sam Empire Classic, drawing an enthused crowd of 12,975 to watch a rematch of one of the most memorable games in Final Four history.
For men’s basketball, the week tips off Monday with men’s basketball in the Maui Invitational and ends Friday with top-ranked Gonzaga meeting Duke at T-Mobile Arena.
In the coming months, Las Vegas will be a basketball Mecca with early-season tournaments and neutral-site games filling arenas around the city.
The Big West announced Thursday that it had signed a multi-year agreement to hold the conference’s basketball tournaments at the Dollar Loan Center in Henderson beginning in March.
The NCAA could go to single sites for the later rounds of its men’s basketball tournament, but likely not until at least the 2026-27 academic year.
Utah State received a No. 11 seed in the South region and will play Texas Tech on Saturday. San Diego State will meet Syracuse on Friday in the Midwest region.
UCLA, which has lost four straight, joins Oregon, Oregon State, USC and Colorado in the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins were among the last four selected for the field of 68.
March Madness betting numbers expected to remain flat compared with 2019 levels.
Top-seeded UC Santa Barbara lost both regular-season meetings to No. 2 UC Irvine, but a strong second half in the Big West tournament final broke open a close game.
Oregon State beat Colorado in the Pac-12 tournament championship game Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena to clinch an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, the program’s first since 2016.
Grand Canyon went on a 12-0 run to take a 19-9 lead and never trailed again in a 74-56 win over New Mexico State in the WAC championship game.
Things aren’t stable for Utah State, Colorado State and Boise State, who are not assured inclusion when the 68-team NCAA Tournament field is announced.
The Aztecs earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with a 68-57 win over Utah State on Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Scott Ghertner hasn’t seen it all, but he has seen a lot in 25 years in sports and public relations at MGM Resorts.