2012 NCAA Tournament

  • Red Rock Resort patron wins $53,300 in ‘Last Man Standing’ handicapping contest

    April 20, 2012

    Correctly handicapping 10 college basketball games against the point spread takes a little bit of luck. That’s something Las Vegas resident Amnon Cohen admits he had plenty of during last month’s NCAA Tournament, correctly selecting winners on the 10 days of the tournament to win the Station Casinos “Last Man Standing” contest.

  • 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 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 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.

  • Kentucky fans dance around a fire as they celebrate Kentucky's 69-61 win over Louisville in an NCAA Final Four semifinal college basketball tournament game, Saturday, March 31, 2012, in Lexington, Ky.

    Fans burn couches, flip cars after Kentucky’s win

    April 1, 2012

    Riot police used pepper spray in small amounts for crowd control as thousands of rowdy fans swarmed into the streets near the University of Kentucky campus, overturning cars and lighting couches ablaze after a victory over cross-state rival Louisville in a Final Four matchup.

  • Kansas guard Elijah Johnson (15) celebrates after their 64-62 win over Ohio State in an NCAA Final Four semifinal college basketball tournament game Saturday, March 31, 2012, in New Orleans.

    Las Vegas’ Elijah Johnson helps Kansas rally to Final Four win

    March 31, 2012

    A big play from a Las Vegas area product helped the Kansas basketball team Saturday overcome a double-digit deficit against Ohio State in the national semifinals in New Orleans.

  • 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.

  • Final Four teams have their own game-day bars in Las Vegas

    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.

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