Sweet 16 Facts About the NCAA West Regional Teams in L.A.

"The Father of Hollywood," Lawry's Beef Bowl, Jim Morrison, Nike 3on3 & more

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NCAA® March Madness is coming to Los Angeles! Hosted by Pepperdine University, the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship West Regional is taking place March 22 & 24 at STAPLES Center. One team will leave Los Angeles as champion of the West Regional and a berth in the 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four®.

On Thursday, March 22, the first game of the West Regional features Michigan vs. Texas A&M. Michigan freshman reserve guard Jordan Poole sank a three-point buzzer beater to send the Wolverines into the Sweet 16. Texas A&M beat defending National Champion North Carolina by 21 points to advance to the Sweet 16. The second game that night features Gonzaga vs. Florida State. Last year's national runner-up, Gonzaga is the only team left from last year's Final Four. FSU came from behind to upset Xavier for a spot in the Sweet 16.

With top-seeded Xavier and second-seed North Carolina eliminated, it's sure to be a wild West Regional! Read on for Sweet 16 facts that connect the four schools to Los Angeles.


Beef Bowl Cut at Lawry's The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills
Beef Bowl Cut at Lawry's The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills | Photo by Paul R, Yelp
The Public House at Angel City Brewery
The Public House | Photo courtesy of Angel City Brewery, Facebook
The green fairy at The Edison
The elusive green fairy at The Edison | Instagram by @chefbcfromdc

Texas A&M

TCL Chinese Theatre interior
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Real estate developer Charles E. Toberman attended Texas A&M for three years back when it was known as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. Toberman was known as the "Father of Hollywood" for his role in developing many of L.A.'s most recognizable landmarks, including the Hollywood Bowl, Grauman's Chinese Theatre (now TCL Chinese Theatre), the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Grauman's Egyptian Theatre, El Capitan Theatre, and the Hollywood Masonic Temple, now known as El Capitan Entertainment Centre and the home of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Charcuterie board at Tabula Rasa Bar
Charcuterie board at Tabula Rasa | Instagram by @tabularasabar

Battleship IOWA guns
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Hanging out on the patio at Idle Hour
Hanging out on the patio at Idle Hour | Instagram by @idlehour

Gonzaga fans will feel right at home in the landmark Idle Hour in North Hollywood. Part of the 1933 Group of themed bars, Idle Hour was restored and reopened in 2015, featuring a stunning barrel shaped taproom, dog-friendly patio and a replica of the Bulldog Cafe.

Picnic near Crystal Springs Drive in Griffith Park
Picnic near Crystal Springs Drive in Griffith Park | Photo by Tuan Lee
Nike Basketball 3ON3 Tournament dunk contest
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11. NIKE 3ON3
Spokane Hoopfest is touted as "the largest 3on3 outdoor basketball tournament on Earth," with over 6,000 teams and 450 courts spanning 45 city blocks. While it may be smaller in scale, the annual Nike 3on3 Tournament at L.A. LIVE is one of the sports highlights of the summer, taking over the streets that surround STAPLES Center on Aug. 4-5, 2018.

One of Bing Crosby's three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located at 6769 Hollywood Blvd.
One of Bing Crosby's three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located at 6769 Hollywood Blvd. | Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

A native of Spokane and a Gonzaga alum, Bing Crosby was one of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century, having sold more than one billion records and tapes, as well as CDs and digital downloads. Crosby is one of 33 people to have three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in the categories of motion pictures, radio, and audio recording.

Florida State

Showroom at the Automobile Driving Museum
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Lobster truck at Abbot Kinney First Fridays
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Located a short walk from FSU, Railroad Square Art Park is the creative hub of Tallahassee, home to dozens of studios, galleries and shops. During the monthly First Friday, the galleries and shops stay open late, and the art park hosts live music and food vendors. That sounds very similar to First Fridays on Abbot Kinney, the heart of the creative community of Venice Beach. Starting at 5pm, "the Coolest Block in America" welcomes dozens of food trucks, while shops offer sidewalk specials and galleries often host openings.

Jim Morrison on stage at the Hollywood Bowl
Jim Morrison on stage at the Hollywood Bowl | Photo courtesy of The Doors, Facebook


Lamarcus Joyner was the starting cornerback on the undefeated Seminoles team that won the 2013 BCS National Championship. FSU beat Auburn 34-31 in the 2014 national championship game, which was played at Rose Bowl Stadium and is considered a classic. Joyner was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the 2014 NFL Draft and is currently free safety for the Los Angeles Rams, who used their franchise tag on Joyner in March 2018.