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“What a Shocker!”: Kentucky Knocks Out Undefeated Wichita State

The No.1 seeded Wichita State Shockers had their undefeated season going for them, but it was not enough to get by an young athletic No. 8 Kentucky team that played its best game of the year.

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Twin brothers Andrew and Aaron Harrison combined for 39 points as the Wildcats came through with a 78-76 victory in a game that may have been the best of the tournament so far.

While Kentucky moves to the Sweet 16, the Shockers go home and are heartbroken.

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Stanford Band Members Got Caught Hiding Booze in Their Tubas

Stanford men’s basketball team is trying to upset Kansas in the Round of 32 of the NCAA tournament, and that means the Cardinal band is in the house.

I mean does anyone love their job more than this cowbell-playing band member? Rock on Cowboy!

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Well it seems theirs a reason why the vest slapping lad is a little over enthusiastic. It seems the Cardinal bad got into a little trouble Scottrade Center.

Hey, we’ve all been there, don’t judge. Cheers! 

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NCAA Tournament Schedule: Announcers and Point Spreads For Sunday’s Action

12:15, CBS

(2) Kansas vs (10) Stanford
Announcers: Jim Nantz / Greg Anthony // Tracy Wolfson
Spread: Kansas -6

2:45, CBS
(1) Wichita State vs (8) Kentucky
Announcers: Jim Nantz / Greg Anthony // Tracy Wolfson
Spread: Wichita State -4.5

5:15, CBS
(3) Iowa State vs (6) North Carolina
Announcers: Marv Albert / Steve Kerr  // Craig Sager
Spread: Iowa State -1.5

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6:10, TNT
(11) Tennessee vs (14) Mercer
Announcers: Kevin Harlan / Len Elmore  // Reggie Miller /// Rachel Nichols
Spread: Tennessee -8

7:10, TBS
(4) UCLA vs (12) Stephen F. Austin
Announcers: Andrew Catalon / Mike Gminski // Otis Livingston
Spread: UCLA -9

7:45, TruTv
(3) Creighton vs (6) Baylor
Announcers: Marv Albert / Steve Kerr  // Craig Sager
Spread: Creighton -3

8:40, TNT
(1) Virginia vs (8) Memphis
Announcers: Kevin Harlan / Len Elmore  // Reggie Miller /// Rachel Nichols
Spread: Virginia -6

9:40, TBS
(1) Arizona vs (8) Gonzaga
Announcers: Andrew Catalon / Mike Gminski // Otis Livingston
Spread: Arizona -7

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Shabazz Napier Making Strong Case for Player of the Year Credentials in Upset of Villanova

Shabazz Napier put on a clinic last night leading Connecticut past Villanova on their way to the Sweet 16.

The Senior guard scored 25 points,  hitting nine of his 13 field-goals, leading the Huskies to a 77-65 victory Saturday night. Napier suffered a calf injury early in the game, but returned only to re-aggravate that same injury late in the second half. Luckily he would return and hit some clutch free throws.

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Napier, who’s been filling up stat sheets by himself all season as the inaugural American Athletic Conference Player of the Year, is making a strong push for the national Player of the Year Award. Even with the favorite Doug McDermott still in the lead in most voters eye, but isn’t immune to being swayed by a great March Madness showing or two (as Trey Burke did last year).

Even so, knocking off McDermott will be a very tall order. The Creighton star has been shattering scoring records all season and putting names such as Oscar Robertson and Pete Maravich back in the news. However, if the Bluejays falter in Sunday’s meeting with underdog Baylor, his mystique will take a big hit.

The seventh-seeded Huskies are off to the East Regional semifinals in New York City to see how much more bracket busting they can do a year after being barred from the postseason because of academic sanctions.

Without Napier’s individual brilliance, even the improved performances from the rest of the Huskies wouldn’t cut it in NCAA tournament competition. With him, though, this still-evolving UConn squad is looking like a legitimate Final Four threat despite its ugly seeding.

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No. 14 Mercer Beats No. 3 Duke in Massive NCAA Tournament Upset

The senior-laden Bears from the Atlantic Sun used a late 10-0 run to stun mighty Duke in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, perhaps ending the college career of Blue Devils star Jabari Parker.

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Mercer, the 14th seed, trailed 63-58 with 4:33 left before peeling off 10 straight to grab a lead it would never relinquish beating the Blue Devils 78-71 to stun the college basketball world. It’s the third embarrassing 1st round exit for Coach K and Duke in the last seven years (VCU in 2007, and Lehigh in 2012).

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No. 12 North Dakota State Shocks No. 5 Oklahoma in Overtime

After Harvard beat Cincinnati and N.C. State led big against Saint Louis before a late collapse, 12th-seeded North Dakota State shot 52.9 percent from the field and outlasted Oklahoma in overtime en route to a thrilling 80-75 victory. 

Saul Phillips is pumped after North Dakota State upset Oklahoma

North Dakota State pulled off yet another 12-seed stunner and enjoyed every moment of it.

“I just want to keep coaching this team,” NDSU coach Saul Phillips said. “I don’t want to have to say goodbye to this locker room.”

 Phillips has been at North Dakota State since 2004 and has been the head coach since 2007. This was his first NCAA tournament victory – as well as the school’s.

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