UNLV is 21-11 overall and in first place in the Mountain West, but the Rebels probably will need to win the conference tournament to make the NCAA Tournament.
Ed Graney came to the Review-Journal in May of 2006 as its lead sports columnist. He has covered all major sporting events, including Super Bowls to NBA championships to every Final Four since 1995. Graney also covered the Olympic Games in Beijing (2008) and London (2012). A graduate of San Diego State University, he is a five-time Nevada Sportswriter of the Year and past winner of Associated Press Sports Editors Top 10 for columns. He and wife Bonnie have two children, a son (Tristan) and daughter (Bridget).
It took a comeback for the ages, but the Jayhawks prevailed over North Carolina 72-69 on Monday night for the national championship.
Former Oklahoma forward Brady Manek has made a major impact in his only season at North Carolina, helping the Tar Heels to the NCAA title game against Kansas.
The Kansas Jayhawks had the nation’s No. 1-ranked basketball team two years ago before the NCAA Tournament was canceled because of the COVID pandemic.
Kansas has dominated as a top seed, winning its five NCAA Tournament games by an average of 16.2 points, while North Carolina has had a tougher path as a No. 8 seed.
North Carolina edged Duke in an NCAA Tournament Final Four semifinal that ended the coaching career of Mike Krzyzewski.
Longtime rival North Carolina is set to face Mike Krzyzewski and his Duke team in a second national semifinal on Saturday at the Caesars Superdome.
Caleb Daniels has come home to New Orleans to play in a Final Four, after having twice contracted COVID-19 and being diagnosed with a heart condition.
Long considered college basketball’s best-dressed head coach, Jay Wright has followed the lead of peers and opted for a polo over a suit the last two seasons.
The Knights were all but dead against Chicago in what would have been a terrible loss given the precarious position in which the standings place them.
The second week of the NCAA Tournament, with some startling upsets already highlighting the event, should bring more dramatic finishes.
The NHL trade deadline is Monday, when the Golden Knights likely have to figure out their goalie situation for a playoff stretch run.
Oakland A’s president Dave Kaval says the team will spend more on retaining top players and free agents with revenues from a new ballpark. But that’s not been the team’s DNA.