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Aaron Harrison hits game-winning 3-pointer (Video)

Kentucky freshman Aaron Harrison did not score a single point in the first half of his team’s Elite 8 matchup against Michigan on Sunday. It didn’t matter, because the freshman got scorching hot in the late part of the game and wound up playing the role of hero for the Wildcats.

Harrison hit a game-winning 3-pointer with just 2.6 seconds remaining to send his team to the Final Four. He single-handedly kept Kentucky in the game by knocking down four-straight 3-pointers in the final minutes of the game. His game-winner came from well beyond the arc with a hand in his face.

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Kentucky, a No. 8 seed, will take on No. 2 seed Wisconsin in the Final Four next weekend.

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Bo Ryan ‘bulls—’ drop caught on TBS camera (Video)

TBS cameras may have been in an area where they probably shouldn’t have been as Wisconsin celebrated an Elite Eight victory over Arizona on Saturday in the West Regional final. The cameras caught Badgers head coach Bo Ryan saying “bulls—” at one point. They quickly realized they probably shouldn’t have been showing that part on live TV, so they cut in almost immediately. The abrupt transition from Greg Gumbel was pretty funny.

What was even better was when Ryan gave the camera a “what the f— are you doing here?” look:

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Camera guy wipes out on Russ Smith during interview (Video)

Cameraman-falls-on-Russ-SmithRuss Smith had a crowded locker after Louisville’s loss to Kentucky on Friday night. Almost every writer and reporter wanted to talk to Smith, who had just finished playing in his final collegiate game. One cameraman even tried to sit on his lap.

Just kidding, but a guy actually did take a spill and drop his camera on Smith. One of the videographers holding a massive camera near him leaned on a chair and lost his balance, leading to a pretty funny exchange. Maybe I’m immature, but I started dying laughing.

To Smith’s credit, he was very kind to the cameraman. We wouldn’t have expected anything less from the guy who visited the Kentucky locker room to congratulate his rivals.

Russ Smith visited Kentucky locker room after loss

Russ Smith Rick PitinoRuss Smith saw his senior season come to an abrupt end on Friday night as Louisville lost to Kentucky in the Sweet 16. The eighth-seeded Wildcats gave the Cardinals all they could handle, and free throw shooting and offensive rebounding prevailed down the stretch. Smith was all class after his final collegiate game.

Like Coach K did when Duke fell to Mercer in stunning fashion, Smith reportedly visited the Kentucky locker room to congratulate the Wildcats on advancing.

As you know, Louisville and Kentucky are fierce rivals. They are two perennial powerhouse programs from the same state, similar to Duke and UNC. Despite that, Smith doesn’t seem to hold any ill will toward the Wildcats.

“It’s tough to go out to your rival,” he told reporters after the game. “But if there’s any team I’d want to (lose) to, I wouldn’t mind going out to these guys. It’s an in-state team. Those guys play hard. I respect everything about their program.”

Smith was then asked if it stings worse losing to Kentucky.

“Not at all. Not at all,” he said. “If it stung then I would have something against their program. I don’t get into the rivalries.”

Of course, Smith won a national championship a year ago. Winning multiple championships in college is not impossible, but it certainly isn’t probable. He has every right to feel proud of the way his collegiate career ended.

Kevin Ollie slaps Terrence Samuel after interview (Video)

Kevin Ollie slapReady for what might be a controversy over nothing?

UConn head coach Kevin Ollie conducted an interview with Allie LaForce following his team’s 81-76 win over Iowa State in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night. Many of Ollie’s players were screwing around in the background of the interview, and he probably could see some of what they were doing.

When he finished the interview, he gave freshman Terrence Samuel a little slap to the face as he walked away. That led to a bunch of “oooh” noises from the other players, because they knew it was a matter of the coach telling them to stop screwing around.

Now who’s going to be the first person to call for Ollie to lose his job for getting physical with a player?

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Tennessee F Jarnell Stokes called for controversial charge (Video)

Tennessee’s stunning comeback against Michigan in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament Friday fell short after forward Jarnell Stokes was called for a controversial charge with six seconds left in the game.

The Vols were down by 10 with under four minutes to play and rallied to make it a 1-point game with 13 seconds left. They had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the game when they took the ball out from under Michigan’s basket with 9.6 seconds left.

Stokes came around a screen set by Jordan McRae and made a move to the basket, but there was contact and he was called for a charge. The charge gave the Wolverines the ball, and they held on for the 73-71 win.

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Though many people will complain about the referees deciding the game, I thought that was actually the correct call. And so did everyone who had Michigan -2.

Iowa State’s Dustin Hogue has name and uniform number shaved in back of head

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The Iowa State Cyclones and Connecticut Huskies met in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Friday evening with a spot in the Elite 8 on the line.

The game featured All-Big-12 First Team members DeAndre Kane and Melvin Ejim, the conference’s Player of the Year. American Athletic Conference Player of the Year Shabazz Napier was also present.

But, it was Iowa State’s Dustin Hogue who grabbed attention early on.

When the New York native took the floor at Madison Square Garden, he did so with the above pictured design in the back of his head. Last name, check. Uniform number inside basketball, check.

Hogue finished as the game’s top scorer with 34 points. Look good, play good, as they say.

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