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Best of Saturday at NCAA tourney

Mitch McGary and the Wolverines advance to the Sweet 16.
Mitch McGary and the Wolverines advance to the Sweet 16.
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Adreian Payne & D.J. Stephens (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

Memphis guard/ D.J. Stephens makes Adreian Payne's shot go away.

Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

After an upset-filled Day 2 of the NCAA tournament, Saturday's Round of 32 is off to a great start.

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LADIES & GENTS, WATCH THE BLOCK OF THE TOURNEY

Can you say ka-boom? Memphis guard D.J. Stephens swats Michigan State's Adreian Payne into 2014. But MSU got the last laugh.


BIG DAY FOR THE BIG TEN

With the Spartans joining rival Michigan in the Sweet 16 — the two can meet, but only if both advance to the title game — the Big Ten is looking really good.

The third-seeded Spartans defeated No. 6 seed Memphis 70-48 and return to the Sweet 16 for the second straight season, and the 10th time of Tom Izzo's brilliant tenure.

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But Michigan State is not without its issues, as can be seen in this exchange between teammates Derrick Nix and Keith Appling. Even Izzo looks a little stunned during the timeout.

Ohio State, Illinois and Minnesota all play on Sunday.


UCONN WOMEN MASH IDAHO

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis led six Connecticut players in double figures as the top-seeded Huskies routed Idaho 105-37 on Saturday. UConn led by as many as 74(!) in the second half.
 

MICHIGAN MITCH

No. 4 seed Michigan is known for its obvious stars Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr., but against VCU, the Wolverines showed just how deep — and dangerous — they can be. While dispatching fifth-seeded VCU 78-53, Burke and Hardaway combined for 32 points, while Glenn Robinson III added 14.

But it was feisty forward Mitch McGary who stole the show, firing up the crowd with this crushing pick of VCU's Briante Weber.


McGary did even more damage in the second half, hitting several big put-backs and wrestling away key rebounds as he continued to slip past the VCU defense. He had himself a very nice afternoon, finishing with 21 points and 14 rebounds.

In fact, the entire Michigan team had a great day, especially Hardaway Jr., who treated us to this beauty of a dunk.


This run-and-gun style reminds of us some other squad that wore the maize and blue years ago . . . and was led by this guy.

Red-hot Michigan rolls into the Sweet 16 to face the Kansas-North Carolina winner next week.


THE MARSHALL MATTERS

Marshall Henderson is one of the biggest stars of the 2012-13 college basketball season. He's enjoying himself in Kansas City as No. 12 seeded Ole Miss prepares to play 13th seed La Salle on Sunday.

Mr. Henderson was fired up to be on TV on Saturday afternoon.


After beating Kansas State on Friday, La Salle guard D.J. Peterson pleased Henderson with his choice of celebration style (note the spelling fail), which should make for an interesting matchup come Sunday.


FGC-YEAH, THAT'S WHO?

Fort Myers, home to the latest nation's sweetheart Florida Gulf Coast, is a charming town on the southwest coast of the Sunshine State. And Friday night, it was the place to be after the Eagles stunned No. 2 seed Georgetown 78-68.

What kind of attention is FGCU getting after its epic win?


STAY CALM, ALL IS WELL

Even with a fire alarm interrupting practice in Austin, Texas, the second-seeded Miami Hurricanes remain focused as they prepare to face Illinois on Sunday night.


NEW YORK STATE OF MIND

Coach K, whose Blue Devils face on Creighton on Sunday, takes exception to the idea of people rooting against Duke


BRUTAL JOB

The NCAA tournament may be fun for us, but it's a stressful time for coaches. How do we know? Just take a look at the emotions written on their faces.

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