Sunset Station sports book director Chuck Esposito expects 1½-point underdog Gonzaga to beat North Carolina and so do we.
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The opening chapter of how the Rebels went from a team under Lon Kruger that made four NCAA fields his last five years to one that just concluded the worst season in program history begins in 2011, when Nigel Williams-Goss was a sophomore at Findlay Prep.
Despite hosting four Division I conference basketball tournaments, state-of-the art facilities and the NFL and NHL putting franchises in the city, Las Vegas still can’t get the NCAA to drop its policy on sports gambling in order to host a championship event.
North Carolina is a 1½-point favorite over Gonzaga and the total is 154½ in Monday’s NCAA championship game. Here’s a survey of opinions from Review-Journal staff members, other media, oddsmakers and professional handicappers.
Dawn Staley is going to savor her first NCAA championship. It took her a long time to finally be able to raise the trophy over her head.
A look at Monday’s NCAA men’s national championship basketball game.
A year ago, Kennedy Meeks missed winning an NCAA title as Villanova beat North Carolina on a last-second shot. Monday, he gets a second and final chance for a ring as a senior as the Tar Heels face Gonzaga in the national championship game.
Paul Son-Dice of Las Vegas, led by former UNLV Rebels Armon Gilliam, Sudden Sam Smith and Greg Goorjian, won the 1984 AAU men’s national basketball championship on home turf.
Neither No. 1 seed covered the spread Saturday as North Carolina outlasted Oregon 77-76 as a 4½-point favorite and Gonzaga held off South Carolina 77-73 as a 6½-point favorite.
Former Bishop Gorman High star Zach Collins told anyone who would listen that he wouldn’t want to be South Carolina players facing him in a Final Four game Saturday, and he was dead serious.
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