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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.