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Great off-court moments from the NCAA Tournament so far


“One Shining Moment” is two weeks away, but we’ve always felt the most interesting outtakes from the NCAA Tournament come from the first two weeks.

This is when the small schools still have their moment in the spotlight, where one win is suddenly the signature achievement of handful of programs.

Players and coaches responded this week accordingly in locker room dances, photobombs and more.

Kevin Canevari does the Nae Nae

There’s no better way to the hearts of college basketball fans than upsetting Duke. Until a reserve on the winning team dances on national television to celebrate. (For more on the Nae Nae, hop on over to Slate.)

Anthony White Jr. does the robot

In what already would have been a great sideline interview with Mercer coach and quote machine Bob Hoffman, Bears forward Anthony White Jr. photobombed while doing the robot.

Crowd-surfing president

The university of Dayton was the place to be Saturday if only to see university president Daniel Curran crowd surf through Flyers fans.

THE Dayton Daily News

Before Dayton punched its Sweet 16 ticket, the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News used the rare occasion of a Dayton win over Ohio State to take a jab at the Buckeyes’ superiority complex.

Stephen F. Awesome

The Daily Sentinel of Nacogdoches County, Texas, joins the Dayton Daily News in the great headline department after Stephen F. Austin upset VCU in the round of 64.

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Another big-time upset, another great locker room celebration

Saul Phillips and North Dakota State celebrate a win over Oklahoma in the round of 64. We’ll never get tired of mid-major upset footage.

Little Phil Martelli

The grandson of Saint Joseph’s coach Phil Martelli admires his elders. CBS’ Allie LaForce gets the scoop from 4-year-old Philip on impersonating the St. Joe’s coach.

The Dancing Mayor

Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg joins the dancing lineup with this jig after defeating North Carolina on Sunday.

Cuonzo Martin’s selfie

Martin has been on the wrong end of bubble talk for his entire head coaching career. Good to see Martin enjoying himself on the way to the Sweet 16.

Again, Mercer was the star of the round of 64

Congratulations came in quickly for Mercer after the win over Duke, including from Atlantic Sun foe Florida Gulf Coast, who reached the Sweet 16 last season, and Lehigh, who defeated Duke in the round of 64 two years ago.