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Weekend Trippin': March Madness in Las Vegas

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The first weekend of this year's NCAA basketball tournament has given fans more memories, big shots, superb storylines and incredible endings than the borefest that was the entire 2009 tournament. With all of the Northern Iowa and Saint Mary's love mixed in with the "don't you dare expand the tournament to 96 teams" commentary being tossed around it's easy to forget that there is one thing missing from all of these games -- energetic crowds.

With games being played on neutral courts in large venues with only a percentage of the seats going to the students and alumni of each school, it's not uncommon to see rows of empty seats in the background of memorable moments like Murray State's buzzer beating shot that upset Vanderbilt in the first round.

Want to find a crowd full of people screaming their heads off watching Wake Forest's Ishmael Smith knock down a jumpshot with 1.9 seconds left to beat Texas? Maybe you'd like to point and laugh at the guys in gold and navy who are stunned to see their Notre Dame Fightin' Irish get knocked out just hours after a night of St. Patrick's Day debauchery.

There's one place where you can get all this and much much more. Best of all it's just a very short plane ride away. It's March Madness in Las Vegas.