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SBD/March 7, 2012/Colleges
Pac-12 Leaders Could Vote Saturday To Move Men's Basketball Tourney To Las Vegas
Published March 7, 2012
REAX: In Seattle, Percy Allen notes it remains to be seen if Las Vegas “could adequately host four tournaments in a short span” (SEATTLE TIMES, 3/7). In Arizona, Greg Hansen writes the league “won't announce the move until next week because … it wouldn't be polite or make good business sense to dump Los Angeles while it is staging this week's tournament.” The lure of Las Vegas “was inevitable.” The MGM Grand “knows how to stage a Big Event, and so far the Pac-10/12 tournament has not had that feel to it.” Arizona head coach Sean Miller yesterday said, "I would like to see (the Pac-12 tournament) in a place that can be more well-attended. For our conference to be in a setting with anything less is not right” (ARIZONA DAILY STAR, 3/7). UCLA head coach Ben Howland said, “Las Vegas is a big draw. There are a lot things to do there other than basketball. If that’s where the Pac-12 ends up going, it will definitely make sense. It’s cheap to get there and the rooms are very reasonable” (L.A. TIMES, 3/7).