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Baylor's 410-Pound OL LaQuan McGowan Catches Pass in Spring Game

McGowan is going to spend time at tight end this year.
Baylor's 410-Pound OL LaQuan McGowan Catches a Pass in Spring Game

Baylor’s LaQuan McGowan is a very large man. According to the school’s official roster, the Texas native is 6-foot-7 and 410 pounds.

 

In the Cotton Bowl loss to Michigan State, McGowan showed off his athleticism by catching an 18-yard pass for a score.

 

And here’s the best part of this story: The coaching staff plans to give him more snaps at tight end this year.

 

McGowan added to his highlight reel with a catch in Baylor’s spring showcase:  

 

 

Watch: Gonzaga Coach Mark Few Attempts Hand Stand After Iowa Win

Think the Zags are excited for the Sweet 16?
Gonzaga Coach Mark Few Attempts Hand Stand After Iowa Win

The hours are counting down in the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, and Gonzaga has plenty of energy. That’s what going to the Sweet 16 will do for you.

 

After Gonzaga’s 87-68 win over Iowa in the round of 32, forward Kyle Wiltjer shared this video of the postgame locker room celebration.

 

Eric McClellan did a backflip and then 52-year-old coach Mark Few attempted a hand stand.

 

The coach is quite nimble.

 

 

Wichita State Doesn't Need Kansas Anymore

Shockers add convincing victory over Kansas to trophy case
Wichita State Doesn't Need Kansas Anymore

For Kansas’ sake, the Jayhawks should beg to schedule Wichita State soon.

 

In eight years, Gregg Marshall took a program that was already a solid mid-major and built it into a national power. That much was already established before Wichita State's round of 32 game against Kansas.

 

With a nucleus of Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker, Wichita State went to the Final Four on year and started 35-0 the next. The Shockers have defeated Pittsburgh, Gonzaga, Ohio State and Indiana in the NCAA Tournament.

 

Oregon Wears 1939 Throwbacks for NCAA Tournament Game against Wisconsin

The Ducks are a little easier on the eyes than they were Friday
Oregon Wears 1939 Throwbacks for NCAA Tournament Game against Wisconsin

On Friday, Oregon looked like highlighters in the Ducks’ round of 64 win over Oklahoma State.

 

On Sunday, the Ducks looked like their former national championship team. Oregon broke out throwback jerseys for the round of 32 game against Wisconsin, possibly trying to gain some karma from the Ducks’ 1939 “Tall Firs” team that won the first NCAA title.

 

 

The East is the NCAA Tournament's Weirdest Region in 11 Years

ACC, Big East champs fall in same region
The East the NCAA Tournament's Weirdest Region in 11 Years

This year’s East region isn’t the craziest bracket in NCAA Tournament history, but it’s pretty darn close to the top.

 

In a matter of hours, the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the region, Villanova and Virginia, lost their round of 32 games. That leaves No. 3 Oklahoma as the top dog in the East region — for now.

 

Not only did the top two seeds in region lose, the outright conference champions from the ACC and Big East lost in the round of 32.

 

How strange is all that? Here are a few answers:

 

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?

 

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