Best of Sunday at NCAA tournament
Are these guys for real?
What does that locker room celebration look like? Like this.
The Eagles are not the most dramatic Sweet 16 team of the day — both La Salle and Ohio State punched their tickets with game-winning shots — but they're by far the most the most captivating.
They're not just dominating, they're doing the chicken dance on the sideline. Their star, Sherwood Brown, is wagging his tongue like Jordan after dunks. Even their towel guy gets hyphy ... even if you "don't think he play a lick of ball."
They're freaking awesome. Hear what they have to say about this magic run, and all those "fake Sherwood Browns" out there.
Not even many basketball fans knew about Florida Gulf Coast just a couple of weeks ago. They do now. Welcome to Dunk City.
FGCU (26-10), which shocked the world in the second round with a 78-68 victory over second-seeded Georgetown, was just as entertaining and impressive in the third round, again using a big second-half run to take control.
Now, the Eagles will face an opponent that should know a lot more about them. Third-seeded Florida will play FGCU on Friday night in the semifinals of the South Regional in Dallas. FOXSports.com's Jon Crispin previews that matchup.
The upstart state school against the main campus. Seems right up FGCU's alley.
While the Eagles swaggered, dunked and danced, top-seeded Kansas got a scare against its old coach Roy Williams and North Carolina.
Down nine at the half, the Jayhawks rallied to crush UNC 70-58 and advance to the Sweet 16, along with other Sunday winners Florida, Miami, La Salle, Indiana and Ohio State from the impressive Big Ten. The Buckeyes punched their ticket in the most dramatic fashion, with a last-second 3-pointer by Aaron Craft.
The Gators built a big lead against Minnesota, then held off the Gophers. No. 1 seed Indiana knocked off athletic Temple 58-52 in a crazy game in which the Hoosiers never got a moment to rest. Indiana joined conference compatriots Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan in the Sweet 16.
GREAT PLAYERS MAKE GREAT PLAYS
Cue Aaron Craft, and enjoy the view.
The veteran point guard struggled late at the free-throw line, but still drained a 3-pointer, his only of the game, with 0.5 seconds remaning as No. 2 seed Ohio State held off Iowa State 78-75 to advance to the Sweet 16.
The Cyclones rallied from 13 down in the second half in front of a pro-Buckeyes crowd in Dayton, Ohio.
"I tried to stay as poised as possible," Craft said. "Missed a lot of shots I normally make, layups and free throws. Got a mismatch, took the ball, and it went in."
AARON CRAFT!!!! #GoBucks— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 24, 2013
It was a tough finish for the Cyclones; even coach Fred Hoiberg was speechless.
''We played our hearts out,'' Will Clyburn said. ''It was a tough game and he made a tough shot. He (Craft) made a great play.''
GUESS WHO'S GONNA BE AT CHILI FEST?
Looks like Marshall Henderson has a date with Heisman winner Johnny Manziel lined up, after Ole Miss lost a heartbreaker:
@jmanziel2 preciate ya big dog!!! ima be in college station for chili fest if we dont make the final 4, gonna have ta link up— marshall henderson (@NativeFlash22) March 24, 2013
Chili fest? That could get stinky. And while we're on the subject...
HOW'S YOUR BURRITO, DEAR?
Florida Gulf Coast men's basketball coach Andy Enfield may not be used to the sudden celebrity that a first-round upset over Georgetown brought him.
But his wife, Amanda Marcum, is used to the spotlight as a former Maxim model.
The story of the two’s first date is right in line with FGCU's charming underdog story. Enfield was introduced to his wife through a mutual friend. Their first date was to a St. John’s NIT game at the Carnesecca Arena in 2003. Enfield wasn’t familiar with the restaurants in Queens, so he figured he’d take a shot that something on campus would be open.
Taco Bell was the only restaurant open late.
WHAT'S UP WITH THEO AND RUDY?
Temple's most-famous alum, Bill Cosby, can't be happy with the Owls loss, but discusses one of the most unpleasant experiences a person can endure.
Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg, a product of Ames High School, is the most popular player in Cyclones history. His number 32 is retired by the school and the former guard still holds records in most statistical categories. See legendary coach Johnny Orr's thoughts on Hoiberg in this highlight reel.