Freshman point guard Yogi Ferrell reacts after a 61-50 loss to Syracuse.
The 15th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast Eagles carried all the buzz with them to Cowboys Stadium on Friday night, having become the first 15 to win two games in a single tournament. But FGCU's magical run to the Sweet 16 would end without a spot in the Elite Eight, third-seeded Florida using a 16-0 run to quash an early Eagles lead and win the game, 62-50.
The players were sad, too
The reactions of Florida Gulf Coast's Filip Cvjeticanin (No. 15) and Eric McKnight pretty much say it all Friday. There was no high flying, no tongues wagging, on this night.
And now you're sad
Because no more Amanda Marcum Enfield, who became America's Team Mom this past week.
Even the fans were caught up in FGCUmania, this one taking the whole Cinderella thing to a new extreme. Her man, Sherwood Brown, did finish with a team-high 14 points, but gone was the swagger that carried through the first two games, and now gone is the season, too.
And it caught on quickly
People took this Dunk City thing seriously. Now given, this hairdo makes sense when you consider this guy is an FGCU cheerleader. But please explain this tattoo.
But this fan is happy
Don't tell Florida alum and Chicago Bulls forward Joakim Noah that the Gators are supposed to lose to FGCU. Sure, fairy tales arw sweet and all, but Noah is one of the biggest pains in the butt in the NBA ... your happy endings aren't his thing.
Out of the way
Florida's Casey Prather scores two points, and puts Florida Gulf Coast's Christophe Varidel on a poster, during the first half of Friday's Sweet 16 game at Arlington, Texas. The Gators will continue to fly through the tournament, booking a date with Michigan in Sunday's regional final.
Hooray for Trey!
Michigan's Trey Burke sure earned this hug from teammate Corey Person. After leading the Wolverines all season, the guard pulled off his greatest feat yet on Friday, hitting a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of regulation to tie Michigan's Sweet 16 game against Kansas, then led his team in extra period en route to an 87-85 overtime win in Arlington, Texas. The Jayhawks were the third No. 1 seed — and second in as many nights — to lose in the tournament.
Gunnin' for the Gators
Michigan's John Beilein has yet to win a national championship. Florida's Billy Donovan has two of them. Rest assured, when the two meet on Sunday with a trip to the Final Four on the line, Beilein will have his Wolverines as locked in as they were against Kansas on Friday night.
The fever spreads
Glenn Robinson III (No. 1) didn't hit the big shot, but he and his teammates were just as pumped about the outcome.
Looking for help
Kansas forward Kevin Young certainly was on this play, trying to find a passing partner before he hit the ground as Michigan's Mitch McGary defends in the first half. And now, Young and his Jayhawks are left to look for answers as the top seed feel to the fourth-seeded Wolverines in an overtime thriller at Cowboys Stadium on Friday, 87-85.
Kansas' Naadir Tharpe (far left) lets his feet breathe a little as Ben McLemore answers questions following top-seeded Kansas' shocking loss to Michigan on Friday night.
Down, but not out
Duke guard Seth Curry hit the deck while battling Michigan State guard Keith Appling for a loose ball during the second half of Friday night's Sweet 16 game at Indianapolis, but it was the Blue Devils who delivered the decisive blow, beating the Spartans 71-61 and advancing to the Elite Eight.
Hit me, I'm open!
Thankfully, Coach K and his Blue Devils players didn't need the Blue Devils mascot. But if any Duke players get into foul trouble against Louisville on Sunday, at least they've got options at power forward.
Hey, Mike. What are you screaming about?
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski puts on his patented scream face during the second half on Friday. The good news for his players? They won, so they probably won't have to see this face Saturday. The bad news? They play again Sunday, and you know this guy will be back on the sidelines.
Now this guy has something to scream about
Yeah, Tom Izzo was a mad man on Friday. A 10-point loss to one of the coaches who shares top billing with you will do that.
Michigan State forward Adreian Payne brought the pain on this play, but Duke made sure he and the Spartans will feel the pain, all the way back to East Lansing.
You forgot something, sir
We imagine Louisville guard Peyton Siva was planning to bring the ball to the hole with him on Friday night, but Oregon forward Arsalan Kazemi had other ideas. Kazemi was called for the foul on the play, however, and the top-seeded Cardinals took care of the Ducks at Indianapolis, 77-69. The Cardinals are the only 1-seed remaining in the tournament.
Oregon center Waverly Austin sits in the locker room after his Ducks were taken out by Louisville, 77-69. Oregon was the last Pac-12 team left in the tournament.
I can't watch
Oregon head coach Dana Altman assumed this position many times throughout Friday's second half.
Louisville's Russ Smith has been on target pretty much all season, leading the Cardinals to a run as the nation's top-ranked team, the Big East tournament championship and the top overall seed in the NCAA tournament. But against Oregon on Friday night, Smith was embarrassingly off target, missing a dunk in the second half. In all fairness, the play was more fluke than indictment, as Smith went for a game-high 31 and helped put Louisville a win from the Final Four.
Indiana forward Cody Zeller (40) is trapped between Syracuse guard Brandon Trich, left, and forward Rakeem Christmas (25).
A for effort
Wichita State's Tekele Cotton lunges out of bounds to keep a ball in play against La Salle.
Look out below
Indiana guard Victor Oladipo (4) loses control of both the ball and his body while falling out of bounds in front of Syracuse forward Jerami Grant (3) and center Baye Keita (12).
Wichita State forward Cleanthony Early (11) jumps for a lay-up over a La Salle defender.
Heels over head
Syracuse center Baye Keita (foot) flips over Indiana forward Cody Zeller as Zeller tries to jump toward the basket during the first half.
Pom pom power
A young Marquette fan shows her spirit during the Golden Eagles' showdown with Miami.
Center of attention
Miami guard Durand Scott (1) goes up for a layup in the middle of four Marquette defenders.
Ohio State forward Deshaun Thomas (1) and Arizona forward Solomon Hill (44) both leap and try to pull down a rebound during the first half.
Going all out
Ohio State guard Aaron Craft (4) and Arizona guard Nick Johnson (13) battle for a loose ball during the second half.
Ohio State players celebrate late in the game during their 73-70 win over Arizona to move on to the Elite Eight.