After four decades, it’s time for the Shootout’s last dance

Time for the last dance. The college basketball tournament that brought the game's biggest names and biggest teams to Anchorage will take its final bow this week after a 40-year run that was always more blockbuster than bust.

The Great Alaska Shootout was a crazy idea from the start. Bob Rachal, the former UAA basketball coach who possessed a showman's zeal, got the notion that the school could capitalize on a little-known NCAA rule that allowed teams to play outside the Lower 48 without...

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