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Villanova's Crying Piccolo Player is a True Inspiration

Play on, Villanova piccolo player, play on
Villanova's Crying Piccolo Player is a True Inspiration

After No. 1 seed Villanova lost 71-68 to NC State in one of the biggest upsets of the NCAA Tournament, one piccolo player in Nova’s band briefly spoke for every Villanova fan out there.

 

Her perseverance to play on, to do her job, in the face of such emotion is an inspiration to us all.

 

 

Villanova is the First No. 1 Seed to Fall. What's Next For NC State?

The last three 8/9 teams in the Sweet 16 went to the Final Four
Villanova is the First No. 1 Seed to Fall. What's Next For NC State?

If your bracket wasn’t already toast, it might be now.

 

Villanova became the first No. 1 seed to lose in the NCAA Tournament, losing to an eight-seeded NC State 71-68.

 

The Wildcats are the 17th No. 1 seed since 1985 to fail to reach the Sweet 16. Last season, undefeated Wichita State lost to Kentucky in the round of 32, and before that Gonzaga lost in the round of 32 to Wichita State.

 

Even by upset standards, this one was weird. 

 

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.

 

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 the most famous person in the country with a torn Achilles, sustained during the celebration after his team won the Sun Belt championship.

 

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