Wichita State, Buzz Williams celebrate tourney wins by dancing

There must be something about winning a game in the Big Dance that makes people actually want to dance. No. 9 seed Wichita State knocked off No. 1 seed Gonzaga 76-70 in the West Region Saturday for one of the biggest “shockers” of the tournament. Several of Wichita State’s players — led by junior guard Nick Wiggins — broke out a dance circle on the court at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City.

One of the nicest postgame moments came when Shockers coach Gregg Marshall was interviewed by TNT’s Jaime Maggio and was joined by his children. Marshall’s daughter was so proud and stunned, she had tears in her eyes:

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Harvard’s Siyani Chambers chips tooth after getting hit in mouth

Harvard Siyani Chambers tooth

Harvard point guard Siyani Chambers had a double-whammy on Saturday. Not only did his Crimson lose to No. 6 seed Arizona 74-51 in the NCAA Tournament, but he also lost part of a tooth after getting hit in the mouth early in the second half by Arizona’s Kevin Parrom:

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Tim Hardaway Jr. throws down sick reverse dunk against VCU (Video)

Tim-Hardaway-Jr-dunkOn Saturday afternoon, Michigan put together arguably the best all-around performance we have seen from any team since the NCAA Tournament began. The Wolverines destroyed a VCU team that was impressive in its opening-round win against Akron. As you can see, Tim Hardaway Jr. put the exclamation point on a dominating 78-53 win with a nasty reverse dunk in the second half.

Hardaway Jr. scored 14 points in the win and was 3-for-5 from beyond the arc. The one player VCU really seemed to have no answer for was freshman forward Mitch McGary, who dominated the post and scored 21 points on 10 of 11 shooting. He also grabbed 14 rebounds.

Simply put, Michigan proved why it has been a popular Final Four pick out of the South region. The Wolverines now await the winner of Kansas and North Carolina. A potential matchup with the Jayhawks could wind up being one of the best games of the tournament.

All the awesome aspects about Florida Gulf Coast’s upset win over Georgetown

Florida Gulf Coast pulled off the upset of the NCAA Tournament by beating No. 2 seed Georgetown 78-68 Friday in their first tourney game in school history. Their win marked just the seventh time in tournament history that a 15-seed defeated a two-seed. There were so many amazing aspects of the upset win that we felt we needed to recognize all of them.

First off, this was not a fluke win. Florida Gulf Coast proved it could be dangerous when it beat the Miami Hurricanes by 12 in November. The Eagles kept it close in the first half against Georgetown and went into halftime up two. They went on a 21-2 run to pull away from the Hoyas in the second half, and they held on in the final minute.

Let’s look at all the cool notes/facts surrounding their upset.

– When it looked like Georgetown was making a push to comeback in the final few minutes, Chase Fieler threw down that sick alley-oop you see in the video up top, which was the dunk of the first round (video via Diehard Sport).

– After Fieler’s dunk, the school’s Twitter account sent an amazing tweet:

The school is actually located in Fort Myers, Florida.

– Florida Gulf Coast University is, as its name implies, on the coast. Look at this picture Fieler shared with Yahoo! Sports of his dorm room overlooking the beach.

– Florida Gulf Coast University didn’t begin having students on campus until 1997. The basketball program wasn’t even eligible to play in the NCAA Tournament until last year.

– Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield is married to supermodel Amanda Marcum Enfield.

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Jeremy Lin celebrates Harvard’s first NCAA Tournament win (Picture)

Jeremy Lin celebrating

Was anyone more excited about Harvard upsetting New Mexico during the NCAA Tournament Thursday than Jeremy Lin? We highly doubt it.

The prestigious school’s most notable basketball alumnus threw on his three goggles and added about three exclamation points to punctuate his excitement after watching his school win its first NCAA Tournament game. Harvard, a 14 seed from the Ivy League, defeated 3-seed New Mexico 68-62, becoming the fourth 14-seed to win a tournament game in the past 10 years (per SportsCenter).

Here’s the tweet Lin sent, probably on a computer he borrowed from the public library, and from a couch at a friend’s place:

As good as Lin was in college, he never once played in the tourney. His best season came when Harvard went 21-8 during his senior year and finished third in the Ivy League. This win was a long time coming for Harvard fans.

Photo credit: Twitter/Jeremy Lin

Vander Blue leads Marquette to thrilling comeback

Vander BlueVander Blue helped lead Marquette to a thrilling 59-58 comeback win in its first-round NCAA Tournament game against 14-seed Davidson Thursday, giving us our first true March Madness moment of the tourney.

The three-seed Golden Eagles trailed for much of the game. They were down from the 10:44 mark until the last second of the game when they finally re-claimed the lead on a layup by Blue.

Davidson appeared to have the game in control when they were up by nine points with five minutes left, but that all changed in the final minute. Marquette scored on four straight possessions, including three straight 3-pointers. Junior Jamil Wilson made two of the threes while Blue made the other. Blue also made two free throws before Wilson’s first three, and he had the go-ahead layup with one second left in the game. He also recorded a steal on Davidson’s last pass attempt.

The Wildcats completely fell apart at the end of the game. Even though Marquette got hot and made three 3-pointers in a row, Davidson still could have won had they held onto the ball. Instead, they turned the ball over on a pass that went out of bounds with seven seconds left, giving the ball back to Marquette and Blue.

Blue finished with 16 points on 5-for-15 shooting. He wasn’t sharp, but he did enough for Marquette to “survive and advance.”

Expert NCAA Tournament bracket picks: Del’s 2013 March Madness selections

On Tuesday, LB brought you his expert picks for the 2013 NCAA Tournament. As most of you know, the phrase “NCAA Tournament expert” is practically an oxymoron. No one knows what’s going to happen. If we did, we wouldn’t enjoy the tournament as much as we do year in and year out.

That being said, we always give it our best shot every year in hopes of cashing in on that 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 chance we have of filling out the perfect bracket. To see my picks below, just click twice on each image and that will bring you to the full-size sheet. Region-by-region analysis follows the bracket.



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