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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?

Video via @cjzero

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.

Jarnell Stokes charge

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.

Photo courtesy of SB Nation GIF

Wisconsin C Evan Anderson dances like nobody’s business (Video)

Evan Anderson danceThis video shared by the Wisconsin athletic department is all sorts of awesome, but the best part has to be 6-foot-10 center Evan Anderson busting out some surprisingly awesome dance moves following the team’s Sweet 16 victory over Baylor Thursday.

I can’t exactly tell what he was doing — maybe a version of The Jerk? — but whatever it was, it was awesome and I loved it.

Things got more fun in the Badgers’ locker room when Aaron Rodgers made an appearance and counted them down to break the huddle. Oh, and then he took this great picture with Bo Ryan:

Yeah, we all know Rahhhjus is a Cal guy, but their basketball team stinks, and at least he’s really embracing his new city’s home teams. That has to go a long way with the fans, and we can’t get mad at him for that!

Baylor slowed by Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles?

Roscoes Chicken Waffles

Baylor’s basketball team chowed down on some Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles in Long Beach upon arriving in Los Angeles Tuesday night for their Sweet 16 game against Wisconsin on Thursday, and they sure looked like they had eaten all that food before the game, too.

The Bears were smacked by the Badgers 69-52 and never stood a chance. They were held to just 16 points in the first half. Wisconsin big man Frank Kaminsky went for 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting against them, while blocking six shots.

But let’s get back to Roscoe’s.

Baylor senior guard Gary Franklin, who is from Inglewood in Calif., told coach Scott Drew that the team had to go to Roscoe’s, the iconic Chicken and Waffles house that has a few locations throughout Southern California, upon arriving in town. They didn’t get into LA until 11 p.m. according to My San Antonio, but that didn’t stop them from grabbing some grub. They ended up staying at the restaurant until early Wednesday morning and had their first practice at the Honda Center in Anaheim later in the day.

It sounds like they didn’t exactly have the best travel routine prior to Thursday night’s game. And maybe some more of their guys had food coma during the game.

“I was in a food coma, so I was able to sleep better,” Franklin told My San Antonio Wednesday.

Franklin went 2-for-8 for 4 points in 18 minutes off the bench. His teammates didn’t do much better; they shot 31.6 percent from the floor.

Mike D’Antoni and Marshall reportedly have mutual interest

Mike D'AntoniDon’t be surprised if Mike D’Antoni ends up coaching college basketball at Marshall next season.

While D’Antoni is still under contract with the Los Angeles Lakers through next season, the team’s poor season coupled with Kobe Bryant’s reported desire to have a different coach could mean the end of D’Antoni’s time in LA. If D’Antoni ends up fired, his alma mater would have interest in hiring him. And he reportedly has interest in returning home.

A source told CBS Sports’ Jeff Borzello that there is “mutual interest” between D’Antoni and Marshall. Borzello reports that Marshall has donors who would pay big money to get the longtime NBA coach if he is let go.

D’Antoni is from West Virginia and played at Marshall from 1970-73. The Thundering Herd last made the tournament in 1987.

Would D’Antoni drop down from coaching one of the most glamorous teams in professional sports to coaching a Conference USA basketball program? You have to figure he won’t get a high-profile NBA job in the future, so maybe he’ll feel like a low-pressure situation at Marshall is a good fit for him. I could see it happening.

Morgan Miller rocking lucky Dayton High Life shirt

Dayton coach wife Morgan Miller

Morgan Miller, the wife of Dayton basketball coach Archie Miller, has been loving life since her husband’s team made it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

Miller got a little camera time during the Flyers’ upset win over Syracuse last weekend and we noted the incredible expression she had after the team pulled off the win. Since then, she’s been tweeting up a storm and covering all the good press her husband’s squad is receiving.

But one thing Miller has also done is popularize the Dayton High Life T-shirt that she’s been wearing, which is something of a lucky shirt.

After the team’s first-round win over Ohio State in the tourney last Thursday, Miller sent this tweet and noted that she wore the same shirt for the Flyers’ upset win over Gonzaga in Maui back in December:

Miller has continued to rep the shirt and has proudly noted that she’s crashed the company’s system because of the demand for the High Life shirt:

She wore a different-colored version of the same shirt when Dayton beat Saint Louis towards the end of the regular season:

Anytime Dayton is playing, it’s definitely Miller time.