UConn Grads Win Big off National Championship Wager in Las Vegas
A group of 11 UConn graduates placed a $100 bet at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for UConn to win the NCAA tourney. Each ticketholder collected $5,000 at 50-to-1 odds. After picking up their winnings on Saturday, the group placed another bet on UConn to win next year's tourney.
The group -- Tom Andreoli, Patrick Charmel, Paul Delvecchio, Chris Demattie, Marc Demattie, Dave Faenza, Ferid "Frank" Feratovic, Harrison Fuchs, John Mitkevicius, Michael Price, Dan Stewart and Andrew Zielinski -- dined at the property's Mexican cantina Pink Tako for lunch, we're told, then toasted to a successful bet and started their Memorial Day Weekend celebrations with a shot of tequila.
*** Meanwhile, here's an update on another former UConn player who could be in the big leagues at some point this season. Not a basketball player, but pitcher Matt Barnes of Bethel.