PITTSBURGH - Gonzaga senior center Robert Sacre's pregame message to his younger teammates before facing West Virginia made up for in directness what it lacked in eloquence.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb figured Kentucky's freshmen might have the jitters.
PORTLAND, Ore. - The first priority for Kendall Williams was defense. He spent all afternoon bumping, hounding, hand-checking and harassing Casper Ware wherever the Long Beach State star went.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Backseat Badger? Not on this day.
PORTLAND, Ore. - Louisville point guard Peyton Siva did his best Steve Nash impersonation against Davidson.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - It didn't take any deep thinking to guess how this one might go.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Donte Poole likely broke his nose and still called it the best experience in the world. Isaiah Canaan kept smiling so wide that he never even heard a question directed his way.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - When the time came for BYU to make a run, Marquette was ready.
PITTSBURGH - Syracuse was missing its starting center. North Carolina-Asheville thought the Orange got help from three men in striped shirts.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Michael Snaer was the California prep player of the year and a McDonald's All American who passed up chances to join any of several of the nation's traditional powerhouses to make a difference at a school trying to climb into the elite.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - It's been seven years since Vermont's signature win in school history.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Because of VCU's unexpected ride in the NCAA tournament last season, the Rams are a known commodity this year - so much so that President Barack Obama has them beating Wichita State to open the Portland Regional.
How Kansas (88-39 at tourney) has in NCAA Tournament
Butler and Virginia Commonwealth defied the odds with Hoosiers-like runs to the Final Four last season, leaving a trail of ripped up NCAA tournament brackets across the country.
PITTSBURGH - Larry Eustachy's players call the Southern Miss coach's brutal honesty his most endearing quality.