ST. LOUIS - Wichita State's season came to a conclusion long before even Kentucky coach John Calipari thought it deserved, at the hands of his Wildcats in a thrilling NCAA tournament game.
ST. LOUIS - John Calipari stood frozen on the Kentucky sideline. Every player on the Wichita State bench held his breath. Everything seemed to stop inside the Scottrade Center as Fred VanVleet let loose with a 3-pointer that could have kept the Shockers perfect.
ST. LOUIS - Kansas knows all about Stanford now.
BUFFALO, N.Y. - THE University of Dayton is to be reckoned with.
ST. LOUIS - Kentucky offered the promise of perfection. Wichita State is in pursuit of it.
ST. LOUIS - Kansas freshmen Andrew Wiggins and Wayne Selden Jr. ducked away from the microphones and giggled when asked about the challenge of controlling Stanford's leading scorer, as if they had never heard of Chasson Randle.
MERCER 78, DUKE 71
ST. LOUIS - Bill Self gathered his team around the bench late in Friday's game against Eastern Kentucky, one that had grown a bit too close for comfort for the second-seeded Jayhawks.
ST. LOUIS - The 35-0 record stands out in bold face.
ST. LOUIS - Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein got a whole lot of grief from his teammates for a comment he made ahead of his team's game against Kansas State, when he brazenly said the No. 8 seed Wildcats intended to "shock the world" in the NCAA tournament.
ST. LOUIS - Chasson Randle scored 23 points and No. 10 seed Stanford made an impression in its first NCAA appearance since 2008, leading almost start to finish in a 58-53 victory over seventh-seeded New Mexico on Friday.
SAN ANTONIO - In January, Baylor couldn't have even counted on making the NCAA tournament. This kind of March hot streak is starting to look familiar to the Bears.
RALEIGH, N.C. - Dunk City is long gone. Make way for the next bunch of bracket busters from the little-known Atlantic Sun Conference: Mercer.
SPOKANE, Wash. - Saul Phillips ran over to the fans in green and yellow, threw his arms in the air and screamed at the top of his lungs.
BUFFALO, N.Y. - With Jim Calhoun watching from the stands, Shabazz Napier capped Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie's first NCAA tournament appearance with a win.
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.
The invitation to this year's Final Four seemed to have specific rules: No upstarts or Cinderellas. Big boys only.
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