With only a few days’ rest after our journey to Seattle, we were off once again on another flight out of Oakland on Wednesday afternoon, bound for the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament in Las Vegas. There was even a lovely sign by our gate to wish us good luck.
On our departing flight, we happened run into none other than head football coach Sonny Dykes, who was seated just a few rows ahead of us. After our arrival, we loaded onto a bus for a very short run to the Tropicana, the hotel of choice for Pac-12 bands this year, just across the street from the tournament’s home, the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
With the Bears playing catch-up, it was exciting to see the action up close as Justin Cobbs' dunk brought us within one.
In the end, the second-half effort wasn’t enough for the Bears to take down Colorado, as the Buffaloes made their final free throws to seal the game and keep us out of the semifinals.
It may have been a very quick trip, but we really did enjoy cheering on our Bears in Las Vegas. Thank you to Southwest Airlines, the Tropicana, the Pac-12 Conference, and the City of Las Vegas for their hospitality.
Check back next week for a recap of our journey with Cal Women's Basketball to Waco, Texas for the first weekend of the NCAA tournament!
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