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The best and worst from Friday’s NCAA tournament action

A wild Friday featured both some rolling favorites — Louisville and Duke — and perhaps this NCAA tournament’s greatest game. It also bore witness to the to the captivating foreclosure of Dunk City. Here’s your nightly recap of all the action.

Best game/finish: Given that three games were decided by at least eight points, this one isn’t exactly a tough decision. But what an evening transpired at Cowboys Stadium, and that was even after Trey Burke started launching game-tying three-pointers from alternate area codes. This NCAA tournament’s first overtime game ended in head-scratching fashion with Elijah Johnson’s drive-and-kick at the buzzer, but even that couldn’t diminish the overall thrill.

Best performance: Burke’s late-game heroics were impressive, but Russ Smith is making a strong case as the tournament’s best player. He racked up 31 points on Oregon, dominating on both ends, shooting 9 for 16 from the field and making 12 free throws. Russdiculous indeed.

Best Fonzi impression: Florida Gulf Coast’s Sherwood Brown, getting a picture with a Florida cheerleader.

Best bounce pass: Peyton Siva, with probably the second GIF-able bounce pass of the entire tournament (behind FGCU Brett Comer).

Weirdest story: Worldwide Wes gets banned from credential areas in Indianapolis.

Best set-up: History will come alive in the Midwest final.

Best brotherly tweet: 

Least interested interviewee: Joakim Noah with Craig Sager. The Bulls star stopped mid-interview to yell “Get back on defense” during a FGCU dunk, and never really looked at Sager once the entire time.


Miami runs into a Hurricane against Marquette

Jenkins: Florida Gulf Coast’s run a result of fun and fundamentals

FGCU Eagles stay loose and stick to their guns

Embrace of multipurpose arenas comes at a price

Boswell: How to fix Georgetown in March

A viewers guide to the Sweet 16

NCAA women’s tournament bracket

Photos: Scenes from the tournament

Obama picks his Final Four

Interactive bracket and NCAA tournament history database

The Bracket Challenge contest (Round-by-round)

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