COLUMBUS, Ohio - During his years away from coaching as an ESPN commentator, Rick Majerus figured he'd have the perfect forum to discuss how much fun defense is.
The ball left his hand and Gonzaga sophomore guard David Stockton's first thought was "uh-oh."
GREENSBORO, N.C. - John Henson had a great seat on the North Carolina sideline to watch his teammates advance in the NCAA tournament. The question is how long the Tar Heels will have to win without him, not to mention if his sore left wrist will heal enough to make him a factor in March at all.
OMAHA, Neb. - Missouri coach Frank Haith implored his team not to overlook Norfolk State. He spent all week trying to prove to his players that the Spartans were better than a No. 15 seed.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - For a whole year Georgetown had to live with its failure last March, a second straight early-round NCAA exit. It haunted the Hoyas, angered them, drove them.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Florida State beat North Carolina twice this season. Did the same to Duke, too.
OMAHA, Neb. - With his 1.5-point scoring average, Casey Prather surely wasn't a big part of Virginia's scouting report on Florida.
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Josh Jones figured he owed his teammates one.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Richard Howell has been a solid, if often overlooked, part of North Carolina State's resurgence this season.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - This time, Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin wanted to be on the other end of a slow start.
NCAA Tournament games
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - For anyone familiar with Colorado basketball, the scene was hard to believe.
PITTSBURGH - Ohio State used its size advantage to handle Loyola, Md., dominating the Greyhounds the way a No. 2 seed is expected to handle a 15 seed.
PORTLAND, Ore. - After a four-year absence, Indiana is making its NCAA tournament return last longer than just one brief appearance.
PITTSBURGH - Frank Martin watched freshman point guard Angel Rodriguez flub his way through the first half against Southern Miss on Thursday and tried to keep his sanity.
No conference wanted them. Several teammates and their coach left them. The NCAA kept them out for a year.
ARLINGTON, Texas - Connecticut will not ride a one-man gang into the national championship game this time.
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