The road to Houston

Houston, we have a problem.

Seems obvious to the observer that the school down I-64 is headed for another championship.

Virginia Commonwealth, Butler and UConn are deserving teams, having patched together some amazing runs at tournament time. But the magic, the momentum, or whatever it is that propels these runs, has a way of dissipating the closer one gets to the moment of truth.

Las Vegas has established 8-to-5 odds on the crown going to Kentucky, which appears to be in a groove after sneaking past Princeton in the first game.

Been down this road a few times. Be prepared to congratulate your friends who happen to be UK fans, and try to tolerate the others.

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If the inconceivable were to happen and VCU somehow won the championship with its original bet as a field choice, Las Vegas might be next in line for a federal bailout, according to

A title for the 11th-seeded Rams of VCU would be troubling for several casinos given some big bets on the long shots, said Colbert and Jay Kornegay, executive director of the race and sports book at the Las Vegas Hilton.

“There’s a bomb waiting for us, believe me, at the end of this story,” Kornegay said.