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Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes Challenges NCAA Stenographer with "Cattywampus"

Badgers forward enters onomatopoeia, Xylophone and more into the official record
Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes Challenges NCAA Stenographer with "Cattywampus"

Reporters and bloggers, don’t forget to tip your stenographers.

 

The NCAA Tournament is full of under-the-radar folks who don’t get the attention they deserve. Among those are the stenographers hired to transcribe every word from every player and every coach in daily press conferences at every site.

 

It’s a thankless job, and one not many players or fans will ever notice. Good on Wisconsin for making sure these folks get their due, and good on the Badgers for finding a creative way to do it.

 

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2015 NCAA Tournament: Sunday Round of 32 Preview and Predictions

Friday's games went chalk. Will Sunday's games follow?
2015 NCAA Tournament: Sunday Round of 32 Preview and Predictions

If you were rooting for underdogs to advance through the NCAA Tournament, sorry, folks, you’re out of luck on Sunday.

 

Higher-seeded teams went 15-1 on Friday — the exception being No. 11 Dayton over No. 6 seed Providence — setting up a chalk-filled lineup Sunday.

 

Will the trend carry into the Sweet 16 or were all the upsets waiting for Sunday’s action?

 

Watch: Willie Cauley-Stein Fires Up Kentucky with Posterizing Dunk vs. Cincinnati

The Bearcats' forward may never be the same
Willie Cauley-Stein Fires Up Kentucky with Posterizing Dunk vs. Cincinnati

Cincinnati probably felt pretty good about itself after a close first half against Kentucky.

 

Then came Willie Cauley-Stein’s posterizing, demoralizing, roof-shattering dunk on Quadri Moore.

 

Kentucky started slow from the field in the round of 32 game against Cincinnati on Saturday, but Cauley-Stein’s dunk gave Kentucky a 25-24 lead amid a 10-0 run to end the first half.

 

UCLA's Sweet 16 Trip Doesn't Mean Bruins Should Have Been in the NCAA Tournament

The Bruins' trip to the second weekend doesn't mean committee got it right
UCLA's Sweet 16 Trip Doesn't Mean Bruins Should Be in the NCAA Tournament

No matter what happens in the Sweet 16, UCLA is in for a juicy matchup.

 

If UCLA faces Gonzaga, it will be a rematch of a 2006 Sweet 16 game. That game ended in an emotional Adam Morrison and a UCLA team headed to the national title game.

 

If UCLA faces Iowa, the former employer of coach Steve Alford. The separation wasn’t completely amicable.

 

Yet neither of these games should even happen.

 

Maryland Beats Valpo in NCAA Tournament with Help of No-Call on Final Shot

Believe it or not, officiating was a factor late in a Tourney game
Maryland Beats Valpo in NCAA Tournament with Help of No-Call on Final Shot

Officiating took center stage in the final minutes of yet another NCAA Tournament game when Maryland was not called for a foul on the final shot attempt in a 65-62 win over Valparaiso.

 

Up 3 in the final moments, Mark Turgeon inserted little-used 5-foot-9 guard Varun Ram as his roster battled foul trouble late in the game. Ram will go into the official record as defending Keith Carter on his potential game-tying shot as time expired.

 

2015 NCAA Tournament: Saturday Round of 32 Preview and Predictions

Thursday's underdogs try to take next step to Sweet 16
2015 NCAA Tournament: Saturday Round of 32 Preview and Predictions

The field has been whittled by half. And thanks to the first Thursday of the NCAA Tournament, the round of 32 on Saturday is full of some of the most unlikely teams.

 

The day that probably killed your bracket gives us four double-digit seeds among the 16 teams in action Saturday.

 

Will the upset trend continue into the Sweet 16?

 

Nobody is Having More Fun in the NCAA Tournament than Georgia State

Players poking fun at hobbled coach Ron Hunter
Nobody is Having More Fun in the NCAA Tournament than Georgia State

A day after upsetting Baylor in the NCAA Tournament, Georgia State coach Ron Hunter can’t even get a celebratory breakfast. 

 

Right now, Hunter is probably , sustained during the celebration after his team won the Sun Belt championship.

 

Arkansas Player Throws Shoe to Teammate During Play vs. Wofford

Who throws a shoe, honestly?
Arkansas Player Throws Shoe to Teammate During Play vs. Wofford

The NCAA Tournament never ceases to amaze.

 

In the first half of Arkansas’ game against Wofford, Razorbacks’ guard Rashad Madden lost a shoe, kicking it into the stands.

 

Play never stopped, so one of Madden’s teammates threw a replacement shoe from the bench. Presumably they were the same size.

 

We’ll never know. Play stopped when officials called a delay of game warning rather than a technical foul much to the surprise of the TNT announcing crew.

 

See for yourself.

 

2015 NCAA Tournament: Friday Round of 64 Preview and Predictions

Five of the top eight teams in action on Friday
2015 NCAA Tournament: Friday Round of 64 Preview and Predictions

How is the NCAA Tournament going to top the first day of play for the field of 64?

 

Certainly, that’s going to be tough after two 14 seeds won early in the day and Ohio State beat VCU in overtime.

 

The fireworks might not be quite as pronounced — though if there’s an upset it will be a biggie. Three No. 2 seeds and two No. 1 seeds are in action Friday, meaning we’ll get a good idea of how some of the favorites will look in their first NCAA game.

 

Watch: Georgia State Coach Falls From Stool After Son's Game-Winner

The Panthers' Ron Hunter gives us another classic NCAA Tournament moment
Watch: Georgia State Coach Falls From Stool After Son's Game-Winner

, now Georgia State is our favorite moment of March Madness so far.

 

The Panthers defeated Baylor 57-56 on a 30-foot 3-point shot from R.J. Hunter with four seconds remaining, giving the NCAA Tournament its second win for a No. 14 seed over a No. 3 in the first three games.

 

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