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Best photos of the day: freediving and St Patrick's Day

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1. (8) Northwestern 68, (9) Vanderbilt 66 (West)
After waiting thee billion years or whatever to play their first NCAA tournament game, it’s only fitting that Northwestern’s first foray into the big dance was a highly competitive contest with a remarkably bizarre finish.
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College basketball fans have lucked out in recent years when it comes to the quality of the first game to tip on opening Thursday. This year was no exception, as Notre Dame and Princeton played the sort of clean, efficient and competitive game that you would expect to see from two programs that have built their reputation on those characteristics.
The Fighting Irish, the only team in the tournament that has been to a regional final in each of the last two years, led for almost the entire game, but made things very interesting at the end. Clinging to a narrow lead in the game’s final minute, Notre Dame point guard Matt Farrell uncharacteristically missed both a short jumper and a free-throw to give the Tigers the ball down one with a chance to win.
Instead of going with a back cut like the one they used to beat UCLA in 1996, the Tigers settled for an outside jumper like the one the was blocked by Alonzo Mourning of top-seeded Georgetown in 1989. The result was closer to the latter one.
Notre Dame holds on! #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/dSXHx58M4p
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After the game, Cannady said he thought for a moment that he was about to become a March Madness legend.
"I looked at the rim and when it went out of my hand, I thought it was good," said Cannady. "But it didn't go in. It happens when you take those kinds of shots."
Cannady finished the game just 2-of-10 from beyond the arc for Princeton, which finished its season with a 23-7 record. Notre Dame will face fourth-seeded West Virginia in what should be a terrific clash of styles in the early game on Saturday .
3. (5) Virginia 76, (12) UNC-Wilmington 71 (East)
With Isaiah Wilkins sidelined because of an illness and UNC-Wilmington making everything it was throwing up from the outside, it appeared for a moment in the first half that Virginia was destined to become the latest in the long line of 12/5 upset victims. Instead, London Perrantes stepped up like senior leaders are supposed to in March, and Marial Shayok came off the bench and played the game of his life.
Trailing 28-14 with just a little over six minutes to play, Perrantes and Shayok went to work. They fueled a vicious 16-1 rally that allowed the Cavaliers to carry a 30-29 advantage into the locker room, and stun a UNCW team that looked like it never fully recovered from the rally. Virginia led for the vast majority of the second half, although the Seahawks were always within striking distance.
Perrantes scored 19 of his game-high 24 points in the second. Shayok, meanwhile, poured in a career-high 23. His biggest basket came on a beautiful bank shot with just 26 seconds to play that allowed Virginia to stretch a two point lead to four. UNCW would throw the ball away moments later, all but sealing their fate.
The biggest question for Wilmington now becomes the future of head coach Kevin Keatts, who has surfaced as a potential candidate for virtually every coaching vacancy in college basketball right now. If those was Keatts’ final game with the Seahawks, he will have left the program in a much better place than he found it. UNCW hadn’t won a conference title in a decade before Keatts arrived, and had produced just one winning season over that same time span. In three years under his guidance, the program produced three regular season conference championships, and made back-to-back trips to the NCAA tournament, losing close games to a pair of ACC powers (Duke in 2016 and Virginia in 2017).
4. (8) Wisconsin 84, (9) Virginia Tech 74 (East)
Don’t let the final score fool you. Before Virginia Tech went ice gold in the game’s final minute and continued to foul unnecessarily, this was a contest where the two teams were rarely separated by more than four points.
Wisconsin was able to win it thanks in large part to the play of perennial March superhero Bronson Koenig. The senior guard who beat Xavier at the buzzer in the second round of last season’s tournament hit a school-record eight 3-pointers and scored 28 points. Fellow veteran Nigel Hayes chipped in 16.
Wisconsin’s 12 wins in the NCAA tournament over the last four years are more than anybody else in the country, They get reigning national champion and the tournament’s overall No. 1 seed, Villanova, on Saturday.
And yes, Buzz Williams sweat a lot and lost his jacket before the 10 minute mark of the first half. Congratulations if you had the under. Always take the under.
5. (3) Florida State 86, (14) Florida Gulf Coast 80 (West)
Florida State controlled this one for most of the second half, but it’s still getting the nod over West Virginia-Bucknell because of how enjoyable the style of play was. Both teams had athletes and scorers all over the court, and all those athletes and scorers had ample opportunities to showcase all that they’re capable of.
You might translate that last sentence as “both teams were playing lackluster defense,” but whatever. It was enjoyable, and I appreciated it even more since the game was being played during the final session of a long day.
The only thing that would have made the experience more aesthetically pleasing would have been if FGCU’s high-flying -- and weird free-throw shooting — Demetris Morant hadn’t gone down with an injury during the second half. With Morant out, the Eagles seemed out of sorts on both ends of the court, but leading scorer Brandon Goodwin did enough to keep them from falling too far behind the much larger Seminoles.
Goodwin scored a game-high 28 points for FGCU, but he also took 27 shots and turned the ball over five times. The best player on the court was Florida State’s Dwayne Bacon, who turned in 29 points on 11 of 17 shooting and nine rebounds as well. Bacon’s play, as well as FSU’s superior size, proved to be an insurmountable combination for Dunk City. Florida State out-rebounded FGCU 37-19, and also blocked nine shots to the Eagles’ one.
1. Middle Tennessee
If we’re talking in literal terms based on the work of the Selection Committee, 12th-seeded Middle Tennessee defeating fifth-seeded Minnesota was the first upset of the 2017 NCAA tournament. But can we really call it an “upset” when the Blue Raiders were favored to win in Las Vegas, and when seemingly everyone had them advancing in their brackets?
None of that changes the fact that Kermit Davis’ team lived up to the hype and then some on Thursday. Four different MT players scored in double figures, and from the opening tip on, the double-digit seed out of Conference USA looked like the power conference squad with a single number next to their name. The Blue Raiders dominated the game from start to finish, and they did so without getting a particularly solid effort from C-USA Player of the Year JaCorey Williams.
This isn’t the Middle Tennessee team that stunned Michigan State a year ago. This squad is much, much better. It’s insane to think that they were likely one conference tournament loss a week ago away from not even being invited to participate in this event.
2. Florida
We love to praise the underdog, but too often we don’t throw enough time and energy in the direction of the teams who fend their “us against the world” opponents off.
Playing without the services of big man John Egbunu and going up against an ETSU team with a number of veteran athletes, Florida was a trendy upset pick during the first half of this week. While they received an ample scaring in the first half, the Gators ultimately composed themselves at the break and pulled away from the Buccaneers in the second half like a top four seed is supposed to.
Florida won the game by 15 points despite a horrendous 1 for 11 shooting effort from star guard KeVaughn Allen. That can’t happen again if the Gators want to keep playing for at least another week.
3. Iowa State
Saint Mary’s could have easily landed in this spot as well, but we’re going with Iowa State because the Cyclones held onto more of their sizable halftime advantage than the Gaels did.
Monte Morris has had a remarkable college career, and he clearly doesn’t want it to end this week. The one true point god scored 19 points, dished out eight assists, and also snagged eight rebounds to lead the Cyclones to an 84-73 win over another dangerous 12 seed in Nevada.
Love this stat: Monte Morris could record 59 straight turnovers w/out an assist and still set NCAA career assist-to-turnover ratio record.
— CJ Moore (@CJMooreBR) March 14, 2017
As a team, Iowa State shot 55.6 percent from the field and assisted on 17 of its 30 made baskets. They also connected on 8 of their 19 attempts from beyond the arc.
If they look as good against Purdue as they did Thursday night, then Iowa State over Kansas (assuming the Jayhawks win their first two games) figures to become something of a trendy Sweet 16 upset pick. Since they already beat the Jayhawks in Lawrence this year, it stands to reason that the Cyclones wouldn’t be overwhelmed by the prospects of facing KU in Kansas City.
1. The No. 1 seeds
Both Villanova and Gonzaga allowed their 16 seeds to race out to early leads, and both held very slim advantages at halftime — ‘Nova by 1 and the Zags by 4. They both won by 20, but anyone who watched a chunk of either of their games knows the truth.
It’s disappointing to see that type of opening round effort from both teams, but for different reasons.
For Villanova, they know that they didn’t win a national title last season because they were the most talented team in the field. They know they won it because they worked as hard as any team they played, they were a team where everyone understood their roles, and they had multiple players get hot at the perfect time. If they want to repeat, they have to know that meeting the initial part of that formula is step one.
For Gonzaga, it’s a little simpler. You know that every other person watching this tournament thinks you’re a fraud. You know that the last time you were a No. 1 seed you struggled in your first game and got beat in your second. With that being the case, how can you not come out wanting to set the world on fire? And maybe that was the issue; maybe this team was pressing because they were so desperate to prove their worth under the brightest of lights.
Ultimately, both teams won by about the average margin that a No. 1 seed wins its first game by. And ultimately, both teams will likely be fine and move on to the tournament’s second weekend. That doesn’t mean they weren’t disappointing on Thursday though.
2. Winthrop
It feels wrong to classify a 13 seed who lost to a No. 4 seed by 12 as “disappointing,” but I really thought Winthrop would beat, or at least hang with Butler right until the end. Instead, the Bulldogs seemed to have the game well in hand from the game’s opening minutes on, and cruised to a 76-64 win.
I’ll miss you the most, Keon Johnson.
3. Maryland
This also feels wrong, but only because I didn’t expect enough from Maryland for them to be overly disappointing. They’re here because they were a No. 6 seed that lost by 11 to Xavier, another team that I didn’t expect very much from heading into this tournament.
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Devin Robinson, Florida
The junior forward matched a career-high by scoring 24 points in Florida’s 80-65 win over Winthrop. He also grabbed seven rebounds and blocked a pair of shots. His effort was even more vital with leading scorers KeVaughn Allen and Canyon Barry both having off games.
Bryant McIntosh, Northwestern
In addition to hitting the game-winning free-throws, McIntosh scored a game-high 25 points to go with four rebounds and three assists. He was 10 of 16 from the field and knocked down 3 of 5 from beyond the arc.
Caleb Swanigan, Purdue
The numbers were relatively pedestrian for him: 16 points, 14 rebounds and four assists in Purdue’s 80-70 win over Vermont. But Biggie gets the nod here because his 27th double-double of the year set a new single season Big Ten record.
Bronson Koenig, Wisconin
Tied a school record by drilling eight 3-pointers and scored a game-high 28 points to lead the Badgers past Virginia Tech.
Marial Shayok, Virginia
If Shayok doesn’t score 23 points and play the best overall game of his college career to date, then Virginia’s season is more than likely finished right now.
1. Missed dunks
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4. The lack of upsets
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Don’t make it weird. Just give us the upsets.
5. Players being hit in the face with balls
First, there was West Virginia’s Elijah Macon, who appears to have had the unfortunate foresight to be able to see what fate had in store for him moments before his moneymaker got rocked .
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004) pic.twitter.com/FDucH6e9k1
— SB Nation (@SBNation) March 16, 2017
Then there was this sequence in FGCU-Florida State, in which the Eagles went from potentially making it a one possession game to giving up ac crucial, momentum-shifting dunk ... all thanks to an inadvertent face pass.
Missing dunks and/or shooting awkward free-throws might actually be the better route.
Whichever reporter led off Villanova’s postgame press conference with this line of questioning.
“Don’t think of me as like a lame, old reporter. I’m like a cool reporter. I was drunk the whole time I was in college. Hey is Crazy Larry still workin’ the door over at McFinnigan’s? Never heard of McFinnigan’s? Ahhh, you gotta get out more, bro. Catcha at the open p on Fri.”
1. Everything about Northwestern’s victory celebration
From Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Doug Collins to Chris Collins getting showered with water to Pat Fitzgerald somehow being more excited than anybody, the whole thing was great to follow.
The best part of the celebration though? Probably the official NU account ethering Skip Bayless.
Breathe it in.
2. The state of Indiana
While the Hoosiers were busy getting rid of Creepy McLosestoomuch , their in-state brethren were bagging bodies in the NCAA tournament.
Notre Dame bested Princeton, Purdue won its first tournament game since 2012 by taking down Vermont, and Butler rolled over Winthrop. This could all make the idle conversation between the four programs a little awkward at next year’s Crossroads Classic.
3. Sensual dancing VCU band man
I long to be, is it wrong to be ...
People have tried to tell me that’s a mellophone, but honestly that sounds made up. All I know is I like the dancing. It’s also all I care about. The dancing .
4. Mike White’s secret love of Migos
Florida players came onto the court before their game against East Tennessee State in an obvious uproar over something that they had found hilarious. The reporters picked up on this, and during the postgame press conference they asked Devin Robinson and Kevarrius Hayes what the deal was.
They didn’t know how to respond at first.
morgantmoriarty: Mike White/Migos Tru TV Inside March Madness https://t.co/h1WTOwD6z1 pic.twitter.com/8ahBDqEQOh
— FanSportsClips (@FanSportsClips) March 17, 2017
The best part is the “you guys can throw me under the bus.”
Keep pipin’ it up, coach.
5. The FSU cameraman
If you’re going to get absolutely trucked by a major college athlete, you had better get a decent shot out of the experience. This guy did, and he was very proud of it .
Jay Wright spending some time in the Bucknell locker room after their loss to West Virginia.
Coach Jay Wright '83 addresses the team in the locker room after the game. Great to have his support! pic.twitter.com/SJqQGiDgj1
— Bucknell Athletics (@Bucknell_Bison) March 16, 2017
The Bucknell grad reportedly wanted to share with the team how proud he was watching their effort against West Virginia.
Vincent Edwards breaking ankles.
If you’re going to shed the label of tournament underachiever, you may as well do it in style.
1. Calvin Hermanson, Saint Mary’s
Saint Mary's trying to run away with this one! #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/2Ro2FJWrIl
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 17, 2017
VCU just got dunked on by a dude named Calvin.
Saint Mary's def. VCU via KO. pic.twitter.com/b8gJE8soc7
— Troy Machir (@TroyMachir) March 17, 2017
2. Dwayne Bacon, Florida State
3. Zach LeDay, Virginia Tech
Zach LeDay. Anotha one. pic.twitter.com/rb1TSa2lRk
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 17, 2017
1. The agony and the ecstasy.
— Hector Diaz (@iamHectorDiaz) March 16, 2017
2. Nervous sports dad always know not to celebrate until that clock hits zero.
3. Rick Pitino guarding the in-bounder this time.
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4. The North Dakota Fighting Hawks showing appreciation for their fans after their first NCAA tournament game.
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5. So much reaching, no connecting.
1. "I didn't know the score, to be honest. I Saw Coach Drew point at my man, he was just telling me my matchup, and I got it confused with the foul. That was it." —Vanderbilt’s Matthew Fisher-Davis
2. "That 1-16 game, someone else can have that from here on out. I've served my time in it. I'll go ahead and land somewhere else." —Gonzaga head coach Mark Few
3. “Well, we weren’t very good today.” —West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins
4. "We think we belong on a national stage. I knew we'd play well and we did so today." —Middle Tennessee coach Kermit Davis
5. "We gave everybody a show, right? We escaped. We've been in a lot of games like that where game situations need a big defensive stop. We've been there. I'm proud we're still alive." —Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey
I found all of this extremely enjoyable, and my vote is that we do it again.
Michigan vs. Oklahoma State: 12:15, CBS (Indianapolis)
Baylor vs. New Mexico State: 12:40 p.m., TruTV (Tulsa)
Arkansas vs. Seton Hall: 1:30 p.m., TNT (Greenville)
Oregon vs. Iona: 2 p.m., TBS (Sacramento)
Louisville vs. Jacksonville State: approx. 2:45 p.m., CBS (Indianapolis)
SMU vs. Providence/USC: approx. 3:10 p.m., TruTV (Tulsa)
UNC vs. Texas Southern: approx. 4 p.m., TNT (Greenville)
Creighton vs. Rhode Island: approx. 4:30 p.m., TBS (Sacramento)
Kansas vs. NC Central/UC Davis: 6:50 p.m., TNT (Tulsa)
Dayton vs. Wichita State: 7:10 p.m., CBS (Indianapolis)
Duke vs. Troy: 7:20 p.m., TBS (Greenville)
Cincinnati vs. Kansas State/Wake Forest: 7:27 p.m., TruTV (Sacramento)
Miami vs. Michigan State: approx. 9:20 p.m., TNT (Tulsa)
Kentucky vs. Northern Kentucky: approx. 9:40 p.m., CBS (Indianapolis)
South Carolina vs. Marquette: approx. 9:50 p.m., TBS (Greenville)
UCLA vs. Kent State: approx. 9:57 p.m., TruTV (Sacramento)
367 d ago
St. Patrick's Day Google Doodle is the luckiest thing you'll see all day
It wouldn't be St Patrick's Day without a cheery green tweak to Google's homepage.
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On Thursday morning, to mark the start of Ireland's annual celebration, Google's homepage was updated with their latest Doodle.
To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, today’s #googledoodle takes us to the mystical Skellig Michael https://t.co/9NdboUknSl pic.twitter.com/rmXKnFugDj
— Google UK (@GoogleUK) March 17, 2017
Here's the full description on Google's blog:
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Planning on Having a St. Patrick’s Day Hangover? These Ads Show How to Quickly Recover
Whether you're Irish or not, pub crawls and green beer for everybody! A new campaign from Blowfish, a hangover cure, isn't encouraging anyone to overindulge today on St. Patrick's Day, or during the full weekend of Celtic-inspired celebrations that will likely follow. (Boston's famous parade is Sunday.) But if you do tie one on, there's...
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For St. Patrick’s Day, This Agency Made Metal Bar Coasters From Wrecked Cars
Bar-coaster creativity has a long and proud tradition. Here's the latest interesting twist on it--coasters made from the metal from real car wrecks, reminding bar patrons of the perils of drinking and driving. Canadian agency Rethink made the coasters for advocacy group Arrive Alive. A hydraulic press shaped the pieces of former vehicles into coasters....
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367 d ago
Here’s why Irish entrepreneurs’ eyes are smiling on St. Patrick’s Day
There are a lot of mature and emerging tech hubs around Europe now. But there remains an unusually tight link between Ireland’s tech economy and Silicon Valley.
Of course, this has been controversial at times, with companies like Apple accused of using Ireland as a tax haven. But whatever the original motivations on either side, the relationship seems to have expanded considerably. In fact, 220 U.S. West Coast companies now have operations in Ireland, according to stats released today by IDA Ireland , the country’s investment agency.
Among the more notable U.S. tech companies with Irish campuses: IBM, Google, Airbnb, Dropbox, Fitbit, and DocuSign.
Just in the past year:
Fitbit and Slack opened European HQs in Dublin. Amazon, Oracle, and LinkedIn all announced expansions of their Dublin operations.
This growth also seems to have benefited Irish startups. According to the Irish Venture Capital Association , Irish startups raised $952 million in venture capital in 2016, up from $304 million in 2016.
But as much of a boost as Silicon Valley has given the local economy, on this St. Patrick’s Day, IDA Ireland wants you to know that the relationship runs in both directions. With that in mind, here are a few stats provided by the agency that highlight Ireland’s impact on the U.S.:
Irish companies have created 100,000 US jobs. According to IDA, which cites figures form the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Ireland is the seventh-largest source of foreign investment in the U.S. There are 9,000 Irish-born people now living in the Bay Area. Across the U.S., 36 million Americans have Irish heritage (including me!), and 155,000 Irish citizens live in the U.S. Irish companies employ 25,000 people in California alone.
And though they may not officially describe themselves as “Irish” companies, San Francisco-based startups like Stripe and Intercom have Irish founders who have established sizable operations back in Ireland.
So, this St. Patrick’s Day, maybe avoid the green beer. But do buy a beer for an Irish founder and tell them “Sláinte!”
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367 d ago
St Patrick's Day: Trump's 'Irish proverb' provokes derision on the web
Tweets claim the US president’s quote to impress the Irish PM on the eve of St Patrick’s Day is a poem by a Nigerian poet – but is it?
Did Donald Trump quote a Nigerian poet, thinking he was reciting an Irish proverb? Sorry to disappoint – but probably not.
Appearing with Irish prime minister Enda Kenny on Thursday, Trump said: “As we stand together with our Irish friends, I’m reminded of that proverb – and this is a good one, this is one I like. I’ve heard it for many many years and I love it.
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367 d ago
Donald Trump tweets about St. Patrick's Day, everyone makes the same joke
Despite their best efforts, Republicans' attempts to embrace St. Patrick's Day haven't exactly gone down a storm.
First there was Donald Trump's green MAGA baseball cap , then there was his failed attempt to share an Irish proverb , and Thursday there was the not-exactly-positive response to Paul Ryan's pint of Guinness .
SEE ALSO: Paul Ryan is getting dragged by Ireland for his dismal pint of Guinness
As expected, Trump kicked off his Friday with a tweet celebrating St Patrick's Day.
Happy Lá Fheile Phadraig to all of my great Irish friends!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2017
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367 d ago
Watch live: St. Patrick's Day parade marches through NYC
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367 d ago
Asteroid narrowly misses Earth for St Patrick's Day
A near Earth asteroid first spotted by an observatory in Tucson, Arizona, was expected to pass within four lunar distances of planet earth at 10.37 GMT today, just in time for Saint Patrick's day celebrations.
Business Insider
366 d ago
The 10 best MBA programs you can finish while keeping your day job
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Full-time business professionals interested in continuing their education often face the same worry: Is the loss of income and two years spent out of the workforce worth getting a master of business administration (MBA) degree?
For those unwilling to give up their day jobs, there's a solution: part-time business programs.
These programs are typically three years in length, compared to two-year full-time programs, and allow students to attend classes during nights and weekends.
US News & World Report released its annual ranking of top part-time business programs and the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley took the No. 1 spot.
The Haas part-time program has an acceptance rate of 47.4% and students have an average GMAT score of 694.
The US News methodology uses five factors — including GMAT scores and number of years of work experience —  to rank the programs. There is also a peer assessment score factored into the ranking, as rated by business school deans.
Take a look below to see the top 10 part-time business schools in the nation. 
10. University of Texas-Austin (McCombs)
9. Ohio State University  (Fisher)
7. Virginia Tech (Pamplin)
7. Temple University (Fox)
6. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (Ross)
5. Northwestern University (Kellogg)
3. University of California-Los Angeles (Anderson)
3. New York University (Stern)
2. University of Chicago (Booth)
1. University of California-Berkeley (Haas)
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In honor of St. Patrick's Day, here is the Irish prime minister trolling Trump
The U.S. Capitol's St. Patrick's Day rituals did not bring President Donald Trump any luck this year.
On St. Patrick's Day eve, Trump was put in an awkward position when Ireland's Prime Minister Enda Kenny stood beside him and subtly called out his immigration policy in front of everyone.
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After Trump discussed the country's "high levels of optimism" and vowed America would remain a loyal friend to Ireland, he introduced Kenny, who explained the tradition of gathering at the White House every year to honor Ireland's patron saint.  Read more...
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367 d ago
Of Course Sean Spicer’s Green St. Patrick’s Day Tie Got the Viral Photoshop Treatment

White House press secretary Sean Spicer got into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day early by sporting a kelly green tie during his daily press briefing on Thursday.
While this festive attire ensured that Spicer wouldn’t get pinched , it also afforded the Internet some lighthearted fun at his sartorial expense.
Twitter user Jesse McLaren saw untapped potential in the green tie and used it as a green screen for other video footage, resulting in a hilarious video that has now gone viral, clocking in at nearly 40,000 retweets and close to 70,000 favorites.
Watch McLaren’s hilarious take on Spicer’s green tie below.
What happens when u wear a green tie on TV 😭 pic.twitter.com/gAohulqeck
— Jesse McLaren (@McJesse) March 16, 2017
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If you're lucky, you'll avoid this painful St. Patrick's Day bill
Emergency dental visits jump 77 percent after St. Patrick's Day. Here's how to avoid a painful surprise bill.
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On St. Patrick’s Day, Jameson Is Serving Up Innovative Ads Via Twitter, Snapchat and Uber
Alcohol marketers such as Jameson and Bud Light are all over digital on St. Patrick's Day, trying to be as innovative as possible on this Hibernian version of Mardi Gras. In fact, Jameson is having one of the more interesting whiskey marketing weeks in the history of interactive media. Sound like a 150-proof statement? Well,...
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St Patrick's Day events around the world
Streets in cities across the globe are awash with green as St Patrick's Day is marked in style.
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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with astronaut's view of Dublin - CNET
Ireland's capital city glows in a gorgeous nighttime image as seen from the International Space Station.
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367 d ago
Ed Sheeran Marks St. Patrick's Day With 'Galway Girl' Lyric Video
On St. Patrick's Day,  Ed Sheeran  released the animated lyric video for "Galway Girl." The romantic, upbeat new song is a cut from his recently issued third LP,  ÷ (Divide) .
This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Ed Sheeran Marks St. Patrick's Day With 'Galway Girl' Lyric Video
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367 d ago
How Mark Cuban saved one of the biggest St. Patrick's Day celebrations in the US
Dallas St. Patrick's Day Parade Festival
Each year, more than 100,000 people line up along two miles of Greenville Ave in Dallas for a massive St. Patrick's Day party.
The pun is obvious, because the entire avenue becomes a sea of green, with families and revelers alike dressing up for one of the largest St. Patrick's day parades in the United States, and the largest in the Southwest.
It's not even that Dallas is a particularly Irish city. It's just an excuse to have fun as a community every year, since 1979.
And in 2012, there was almost a year without a parade after its main sponsor the Dallas Observer pulled out , taking Budweiser with it. The parade organizers publicly announced they needed $40,000 to stay afloat. That's a relatively small investment for Mark Cuban, the billionaire Dallas Mavericks NBA franchise owner and "Shark Tank" investor, who came to the rescue, donating an extra $25,000 to the parade committee's fund for the Dallas Independent School District.
For the last six years, the Mavericks have been the primary sponsor of the parade, and Cuban was the parade's grand marshal last year, riding atop a float with his two daughters and son.
Cuban told the local press at the time that he couldn't let a Dallas tradition die, especially one that he enjoyed so much in his younger days since moving to the city in 1982.
Dallas St. Patrick's Day Parade Festival"I figured that I killed a whole bunch of brain cells," he told NBC's Dallas affiliate , referring to some parade-goers' tendency to get rowdy. "I want to give everybody else a chance."
Since then, funding the parade has become a tradition of its own for Cuban, he told Business Insider.
It's not only fun, but it's good for business. He's used the parade to promote his basketball team and some of the small businesses he's invested in, like two of this year's sponsors, Beat Box Beverages and fitness tracker company Moov.
Alex Macon, online arts and entertainment editor at D Magazine in Dallas, said Cuban's investment in 2012 improved his image among Dallas natives.
"The word 'savior' was bandied about in bar conversations when it first happened, only a little ironically," Macon told Business Insider via email. "I think there's a lot of eye-rolling at Cuban's persona here in Dallas," he said, referring to Cuban's history of brash behavior at basketball games and on television, "but most people seemed genuinely grateful that somebody was keeping the parade afloat."
Macon noted that Cuban saved the parade the year after the Mavs won the NBA Championship in 2011, and the combination won over many people who weren't fans of him personally. "Those two things will get you a lot of goodwill here," Macon said.
This year's parade, held on March 11, had an especially large turnout of 125,000, and its grand marshal was recently retired Dallas police chief David Brown.
Dallas St. Patrick's Day Parade Festival
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367 d ago
St. Patrick's Day gives Twitter a pot of meme gold - CNET
Social Cues: St. Patrick's Day is the top trend on Twitter, and Sean Spicer's tie is a green meme machine.
367 d ago
This Photo of Kate Middleton Raising a Pint With the Irish for St. Patrick’s Day Is Very Relatable

St. Patrick’s Day is the time to break out a green sweater, pin a shamrock brooch to your chest, and sip a pint of Guinness. But for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge , it’s an occasion to go above and beyond with green fashion —and, yes, beer consumption.
On Friday, the royal representatives met with soldiers of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in west London after their parade; Will is the honorary colonel of the troupe. Will and Kate showed off their on-point attire and a penchant for festooning themselves with holiday-appropriate greenery during the festivities, as is traditional. They even got their fill of Guinness , the famously rich and dark Irish brew.
PA Images/SIPA USAThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stand with pints of Guinness in their hands as they meet with soldiers of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in their canteen following their St. Patrick’s Day parade at Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow on March 17, 2017.
Another all-important attendee of the festivities: Domnhall, the giant Irish wolfhound who serves as a mascot for the battalion. Kate distributed shamrocks to officers during the parade, too, although it’s hard to imagine them stacking up to the verdant decoration she pinned to her own coat.
The Band of the Irish Guards form up at the Cavalry Barracks alongside Irish Guards mascot Wolfhound "Domnhall". #StPatricksDay pic.twitter.com/Bxe66Zz3QX
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 17, 2017
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368 d ago
Which is correct for St. Patrick's Day, 'Paddy's' or 'Patty's'?
It's St. Patrick's Day. Should you call it "St. Patty's" or "St. Paddy's"?
367 d ago
Watch This Man Master a Difficult-Looking St. Patrick’s Day Challenge

One man has taken St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to the next level by taking part in a vomit-inducing challenge that would leave the best of us feeling worse for wear.
Storyful shared a video of a man, whose identity is unknown, drinking a pint of the traditional Irish drink Guinness while standing on his head at Chaplin’s Irish Bar in Sorrento, south west Italy. A crowd of people cheer on the upturned man as he successfully downs an entire pint before flipping himself around, standing up and taking a bow.
Hundreds of thousands of revelers have hit New York City to take part in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, held in honor of St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland. Watch a live stream of it here .
Watch the man master the challenge below.
367 d ago
PHOTOS: Celebrating St. Patrick's Day around the world
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367 d ago
Iowa couple marries during St. Patrick's Day parade
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366 d ago
The best and worst of everything from March Madness Day 2
It’s time to recap everything that went right and everything that went wrong on day two of the most exciting postseason in sports.
The second day of the 2017 NCAA tournament was built up as one that would feature a handful of the highest-scoring teams in the field of 68 squaring off against one another in highly competitive contests where defense would seem at times to be optional.
Things didn’t play out exactly like that, but as it always does, the first Friday of the big dance provided us with some of the moments and images that are destined to be remembered from this tournament when all is said and done. We had two early session games go right down to the final buzzer, we had one ridiculous dunk that’s going to be hard to dunk over the next two weeks, and we had some ridiculous and hilarious things happen both on and off the court.
Still, it’s hard not to feel just a bit unsatisfied at the moment. Perhaps the real madness is waiting for us in the days to come.
Before we find out whether or not that’s the case, let’s get into all of the best and the worst from the second day of first round action at the NCAA tournament.
1. (11) USC Trojans 66, (6) SMU Mustangs 65 (East)
Everybody knows about the success that 12 seeds have had in the first round of the tournament over the years. Even with that being the case, the wildest phenomenon currently at play in March Madness might be the fact that at least one at-large team from the First Four has won one or more games in the main draw of the tournament in every season since the advent of the First Four in 2011.
USC made sure that trend will live into 2018 by erasing a 12-point deficit to stun an SMU team that many believed could play its way deep into the tournament. Elijah Stewart’s corner three-pointer with 36 seconds to go proved to be the game-winner. SMU had one final chance to answer, but star guard Shake Milton’s potential game-winning floater came up just short.
The victory was especially painful for SMU when you consider that the Mustangs were beaten in similarly heartbreaking fashion in their last tournament appearance. Facing an 11th-seeded UCLA team that had advanced out of the First Four, the 2014-15 Mustangs were beaten in the closing seconds on a controversial goaltending call . Despite its recent success, SMU still hasn’t won a game in the big dance since 1988, and it hasn’t won multiple games since 1956.
2. (7) Michigan Wolverines 92, (10) Oklahoma State Cowboys 91 (Midwest)
Depending on your own personal criteria for what constitutes a “great game,” there’s certainly a case to be made for this game sitting at No. 1 on the list. No tournament game so far has been more consistently entertaining than the offensive showcase clinic that Michigan and Oklahoma State put on Friday afternoon.
Red-hot Michigan made a school record 16 three-pointers, and it needed every last one of them to take down the Cowboys. In the second half alone, the Wolverines were 11-of-15 from beyond the arc, with star guard Derrick Walton’s 6-of-9 effort leading the barrage. Walton is looking an awful lot like former Michigan star Trey Burke these days, and his team just might be riding more momentum than any other still dancing. It’ll put that momentum ( which includes beating a plane accident ) to its toughest test yet on Sunday against the second-seeded Louisville Cardinals for a trip to the Sweet 16.
3. (10) Wichita State 64, (7) Dayton 58 (South)
It wasn’t the most cleanly played game of the day, and some erratic calls in the game’s final minutes disrupted the flow of what should have been a great finish, but no game on Friday was more intense for 40 minutes than Wichita State-Dayton. It’s also a game that had no business being played in the first round, but we’ll get to that in a bit.
1. The No. 1 seeds
We ripped on No. 1 seeds for looking lackluster on Thursday, so we feel obligated to reward the North Carolina Tar Heels and Kansas Jayhawks for doing the exact opposite on day two. UNC wasted no time breaking the will of the Texas Southern Tigers and could have named whatever score it wanted in a 103-64 first round romp. Kansas started a little slower, but still had absolutely no issue dispatching of the UC Davis Aggies , 100-62. The dream of a 16 seed playing its way into round two will have to hibernate for another year.
Honorable mention goes to the Baylor Bears for exorcising their first round demons of the past two years and taking care of New Mexico State by 18.
2. Michigan State
The Spartans trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half before connecting on 15 of their next 19 field goal attempts to seize total control of the game. That hot shooting span included a 20-2 run in which Michigan State appeared to kill Miami’s spirit before the game even reached halftime.
It’s been an up and down season to say the least for Tom Izzo’s team. If they’re able to bottle Friday night’s 78-58 performance and turn it into a win over top-seeded Kansas on Sunday, then the latest up will reach a high that was unthinkable for most of the year.
3. South Carolina
The Gamecocks have fielded some pretty solid teams over the years, which makes the fact that Friday night was their first NCAA tournament win since 1973 all the more difficult to believe. Between then and now, 203 other Division-I teams had won tournament games. Now that streak is broken thanks to monster performances from stars Sindarius Thornwell and P.J. Dozier in a 93-73 rout of Marquette.
1. SMU
It’s hard to label a team that was a few inches away from winning as a “disappointment,” but this was a Mustang squad that a lot of people believed was under-seeded and would play its way into the second weekend. You can say what you want about USC making all the plays down the stretch and I won’t disagree with you, but what’s disappointing about SMU’s early exit is that it was even in that position in the first place. The Mustangs seemed to be in control of the contest for most of the afternoon, and had ample opportunity to put the game away before it entered the closing seconds.
2. Miami
When you’re a better-seeded team that loses by 20 in the first round of one of the chalkiest starts to a tournament we’ve ever seen, yeah, you’re going to find yourself on this list. The Hurricanes raced out to an early lead and then seemed stunned when Michigan State collected itself and started punching back. The game was over the moment the first few Spartan blows landed.
3. Creighton
With everyone in the world seemingly picking against them, you’d think the Bluejays would have come out with all the motivation in the world. Instead, they seemed willing to play into their pre-written destiny from the moment the ball was tipped. It’s a shame things had to end this way for a team that just two months ago appeared to be a legitimate threat to play its way to the season’s final weekend.
Derrick Walton Jr. , Michigan Wolverines
Nobody is hotter on America’s hottest team than Walton. He drilled 6-of-9 three-pointers, scored a game-high 26 points, and dished out 11 assists in Michigan’s 92-91 win over Oklahoma State.
Norbertas Giga , Jacksonville State Gamecocks
Giga almost single-handedly kept the Gamecocks in their game with Louisville, scoring a career-high 30 points on 11-of-13 shooting. He also grabbed nine rebounds. Giga had made just eight three-pointers heading into Friday’s game, but was 5-of-5 from beyond the arc against the Cardinals. He had scored 20 points just once before this game.
Sindarius Thornwell , South Carolina Gamecocks
Frank Martin’s star of stars looked the part on Friday, scoring a game-high 29 points and grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds in South Carolina’s 20-point win over Marquette. If Thornwell and P.J. Dozier play like this against Duke, things could get interesting in round two.
Moses Kingsley , Arkansas Razorbacks
Despite being in college for what feels like a decade, it still seems Kingsley is one of the more under-appreciated players in the country. Perhaps scoring 23 points on 10-of 13-shooting, snagging six rebounds, and blocking four shots against the Seton Hall Pirates will help change that.
Scoochie Smith , Dayton Flyers
Playing in his final college game, Smith carried Dayton as far as he could. He scored a game-high 25 points, had four assists and made four steals in the Flyers’ 64-58 loss to Wichita State.
1. Pretty much everything that happened at the end of Arkansas-Seton Hall
This could have also just been the entire Arkansas-Seton Hall game since both sides did some really ridiculous things throughout, but let’s just focus on the end.
For starters, Seton Hall’s Khadeen Carrington -- who was terrific for most of the day — did this with his team down by a single point in the game’s final minute.
Arkansas attempted to give the ball right back with an inexcusable travel of its own, but the officials refused to let them be so generous.
Is this the travel that everyone was referring to?? Because, well, I can see why people are mad. pic.twitter.com/UdhqdgQ6hR
— Big East Coast Bias (@becb_sbn) March 17, 2017
What the officials did call was an extremely questionable flagrant foul on this play:
The call gave Arkansas two shots and the ball and effectively ended the game. NCAA National Coordinator of Men's Basketball Officiating J.D. Collins attempted to explain the call after the game, but his words did little to ease the pain of Seton Hall fans.
Arkansas won, 77-71, and will face top-seeded North Carolina on Sunday.
2. Butler Blue still being banned from the tournament
Butler Blue III is the official mascot of Butler Bulldog athletics, as well as a noted very good dog . Unfortunately, BB3 (as his friends call him) won’t be in attendance when his guys take on the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders in a big second round game on Saturday. The reason is because the NCAA has a ban against live mascots in the early rounds of championship competitions. This is very dumb, and there is a simple and persuasive counter-argument for each one of the NCAA’s points .
3. The missed dunk trend continuing
Players getting rejected by the rim on uncontested dunk attempts was both the most troubling and kind of hilarious storyline from day one at the big dance. The trend carried over into day two, with Jaylen Johnson doing this early on in Louisville’s game against Jacksonville State.
And then later, South Carolina’s Chris Silva .
Don’t let anyone tell you lay-ups aren’t cool, kids. They count for two points and the risk/reward ratio is much, much better for the bulk of you.
Lotta people watchin’ this month. There’s no shame in playing it safe.
4. The lack of competitive games
Look, we’re not greedy people. We’re not asking for a 16 to beat a 1 or for five buzzer-beaters on the same night. It’d just be nice to get more than four freaking games — Kentucky doesn’t count, I don’t care what the final scoreboard said — decided by single digits over the course of an entire day. And yeah, a major upset or two wouldn’t have hurt either. We don’t mean to keep bringing up 2016, but 2016 gave us a bunch of both this time last year. And 2016 didn’t even brag about it.
You know ... it’s just that you wait around all year for something, and you’re patient, and you think that in the end that it’s going to be all worth it, and—you know what just forget it. If we have to lay out for you all the reasons why we’re so upset right now, then it isn’t even worth it.
5. Wichita State’s 10 seed
We all knew this was bogus when it came out on Selection Sunday, and it looks even more bogus today. Wichita State is currently the No. 5 team in the country according to Ken Pomeroy’s rankings, they’ve now won 10 games in the NCAA tournament over the last five years, and yet they’re technically a double-digit seed.
While it created a tougher than it should be road to the tournament’s second weekend for Gregg Marshall’s team, the real loser here is Dayton. The A-10 champions had no business having to play this game in round one, and head coach Archie Miller said as much afterward.
“A No. 4 seed,” Dayton coach Archie Miller said when asked where Wichita should have been seeded. “I don’t think you’re going to get a 30 or 31-team with that depth who can fire that amount of bodies at you. Their depth and size in the 3, 4, and 5 position is as good as anyone in the country.”
Arizona last year, Kansas the year before and a bunch of teams in 2013 feel your pain. Hopefully the introduction of new metrics to the Selection Committee’s process next season will keep this from happening going forward.
BONUS JEER: Whoever didn’t call out this screen and got Wichita State’s Zach Brown laid out
Shockers are supposed to look out for one another.
1. The First Four magic continuing
In every season since its inception in 2011, the First Four has produced at least one at-large team that has won at least a game in the main draw. It’s also spawned one Final Four team and four Sweet 16 squads. That last number has the potential to grow this season after USC’s upset of SMU.
The Trojans advanced to the main draw after toppling the Providence Friars in Dayton on Wednesday. In both of their tournament wins, Andy Enfield’s team trailed by double-digits. They’ll face Baylor on Sunday with a trip to the tournament’s second weekend on the line.
2. LeVar Burton’s handling of misguided LaVar Ball hecklers
To be fair, both the overbearing father and the Reading Rainbow host have a shared belief in the notion that anything is possible.
Friend to know
Ways to grow
And a son named Lonzoooo
3. Everybody being right about picking the Rhode Island Rams to “upset” the Creighton Bluejays
I’m not sure I’ve ever seen America so united in a belief that a double-digit seed was going to win an NCAA tournament game before. Congrats, everybody. We all nailed it . Free pizza for everyone tomorrow.
If you picked Creighton, you still get pizza, but it has to have pineapple on it.
4. Jayson Tatum’s rim protecting
The world knows about Duke’s star freshman, but this month could be an opportunity for the world to really know about Duke’s star freshman.
5. Roy Williams’ first round record
Is 27-0 all-time good? The fact that in all those years, not once has a Roy Williams team ever gotten picked off in round one is remarkable.
1. Semi Ojeleye , SMU
It’s going to be hard for anyone else in this tournament to top what Semi Ojeleye did on Friday.
OH. MY. GOODNESS. #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/nxE6bOedmm
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 17, 2017
2. Lavone Holland, Northern Kentucky
Holland tried the best he could later in the day.
3. T.J. Leaf, UCLA
If Leaf’s ankle isn’t 100 percent right now, he’s certainly hiding it well.
TJ Leaf poster on the break. pic.twitter.com/uD1VCyKIOz
— Derrek Li (@DerrekLi) March 18, 2017
It feels almost wrong to refer to something like this as “the best,” but the obvious emotion flowing out of Iona’s Jordan Washington in the final moments of the Gaels’ loss to Oregon was a brutal reminder of the other side of March Madness. This photo was especially moving.
“We're playing against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday. So I've never seen -- I watched the second half. I've never seen shooting like that since I've been a coach. It's incredible the way they shoot the basketball.”
—Rick Pitino discussing Michigan’s shooting performance on Friday and his team’s matchup against the Wolverines on Sunday
If I told you that you could have more of this, would that be something you might be interested in? You’re in luck then. The show isn’t stopping.
No. 4 West Virginia Mountaineers vs. No. 5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish , 12:10 p.m.
West region | Buffalo, N.Y.
TV: CBS | Announcers: Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce
No. 1 Villanova Wildcats vs. No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers , 2:40 p.m.*
East region | Buffalo, N.Y.
TV: CBS | Announcers: Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce
No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 8 Northwestern Wildcats , 5:15 p.m.
West region | Salt Lake City, Utah
TV: CBS | Announcers: Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas, Jamie Erdahl
No. 3 Florida State Seminoles vs. No. 11 Xavier Musketeers , 6:10 p.m.
West region | Orlando, Fla.
TV: TNT | Announcers: Ian Eagle, Steve Lavin, Evan Washburn
No. 4 Butler vs. No. 12 Middle Tennessee, 7:10 p.m.
South region | Milwaukee, Wisc.
TV: TBS | Announcers: Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski, Debbie Antonelli, Lisa Byington
No. 2 Arizona Wildcats vs. No. 7 Saint Mary’s Gaels, 7:45 p.m.*
West region | Salt Lake City, Utah
TV: CBS | Announcers: Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas, Jamie Erdahl
No. 4 Florida Gators vs. No. 5 Virginia Cavaliers , 8:40 p.m.*
East region | Orlando, Fla.
TV: TNT | Announcers: Ian Eagle, Steve Lavin, Evan Washburn
No. 4 Purdue Boilermakers vs. No. 5 Iowa State Cyclones , 9:40 p.m.*
Midwest region | Milwaukee, Wisc.
TV: TBS | Announcers: Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski, Debbie Antonelli, Lisa Byington
*game time estimated, after the conclusion of previous game in region
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The best and worst of everything from March Madness Day 3
For those of you complaining that the 2017 NCAA tournament had yet to produce a major upset, day three gave you that and much, much more.
Sometimes, non-stop college basketball action featuring the best teams in the country for two days straight isn’t enough to please people. Sometimes people want everything stated above along with results that surprise them and dramatic finishes that make them jump out of their seats.
The first two days of the 2017 NCAA tournament may not have provided that, but Saturday’s slate of second-round action at least gave us one of those things. The third day of the Big Dance gave us our first No. 1 seed going down, our first double-digit seed advancing to week two, and our biggest officiating controversy to date.
As is the case with any day in the Big Dance, there was a lot of good, a lot of bad, and a little bit of weird. Let’s take a look at it all.
(8) Wisconsin Badgers 65, (1) Villanova Wildcats 62 (East)
There will be a new national champion in college basketball this year, because the reigning king of the sport and the 2017 tournament’s No. 1 overall seed is no more. Villanova was sent home before the Sweet 16 for the seventh time in eight years thanks to a tremendous effort from a Wisconsin team that wanted to remind the country that no team has won more March Madness games since 2014 than the Badgers.
A back-and-forth affair resulted in the contest being tied at 62 in the final seconds. With the game on the line, Wisconsin’s most experienced player, Nigel Hayes , made a tremendous move to score what would prove to be the game-winning basket.
Vitto Brown then made a clean strip of Villanova’s Josh Hart on the other end to seal the victory and send the Badgers to the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight season. There is no other team in the country that can make that claim.
1. West Virginia
On paper, Notre Dame seemed like the worst possible second-round matchup for West Virginia. The Mountaineers win games by using their trademark pressure to feed off of opponents’ mistakes. The Fighting Irish don’t make many mistakes. They entered Saturday’s game ranking second in the nation in fewest turnovers per game, and were leading the nation in both assist-to-turnover ratio and team free-throw percentage.
Somehow, the Mountaineers still forced a team with that makeup to play right into their hands. West Virginia forced Notre Dame into 14 turnovers (six above their season average), and held them to 10-of-28 shooting from beyond the arc, and to 40.7 percent overall from the field as a team.
Because of plays like that, the Mountaineers are moving on to San Jose to face Gonzaga in the Sweet 16.
2. Xavier
This was a team that probably wouldn’t have even made the field of 68 if it had lost its first game in the Big East tournament . Now it’s rolling into the Sweet 16 after an 11-point win over sixth-seeded Maryland, and a 25-point drubbing of third-seeded Florida State. Teams that make deep runs in March typically have star guards who are playing their best basketball of the season, and that’s the case with the Musketeers and Trevon Bluiett .
3. Butler
The Bulldogs may have been the most enigmatic team of the regular season, so nobody really knew what to expect from them in this tournament. The fact that they were able to dispatch of Middle Tennessee — a team much stronger than its seed would indicate — with such ease is an extremely positive sign when it comes to their outlook moving forward. North Carolina likely awaits them in Memphis
1. Florida State
Sure, Villanova was the tournament’s No. 1 overall seed and got beat in the second round, but at least they were competitive. Florida State was playing a team seeded eight lines below (more than the differential between ‘Nova and Wisconsin) and was blown out from basically the opening tip to the final horn, which occurred with the scoreboard showing 91-66. The American public didn’t seem to have a whole lot of faith in Leonard Hamilton’s team heading into the tournament, and on Saturday the Seminoles proved all their detractors correct.
2. Virginia
We could talk about the fact that they only scored 39 points or we could talk about their history of March disappointments. Instead of doing either of those things, we’re simply going to sum this game up in four seconds.
3. Villanova
Look, it was a hard-fought game and Wisconsin’s not your typical eight seed. We get it. But you’re still the No. 1 overall seed in this tournament. You can’t fall in roundtwo and not find yourself on this list.
Nigel Hayes , Wisconsin
The senior hasn’t had the All-American season that some were predicting four months ago, but he was at his best when his team needed him the most. Hayes grabbed eight rebounds and scored 19 points, including what proved to be the game-winning basket with 11 seconds to play.
Caleb Swanigan , Purdue
The box score super star did his thing again, scoring 20 points, snagging 12 rebounds and dishing out seven assists in Purdue’s 80-76 win over Iowa State.
Bonzie Colson , Notre Dame
The Bonz almost single-handedly kept Notre Dame within striking distance of West Virginia, scoring 27 points and drilling 4-of-5 shots from beyond the arc. Unfortunately he was the only Fighting Irish starter who shot better than 50 percent from the field.
Jevon Carter , West Virginia
Every time Notre Dame started to mount a rally, Carter was right there to drill a back-breaking three-pointer at the end of the shot clock. The junior guard finished with a team-high 24 points and connected on four of his five attempts from deep.
Trevon Bluiett , Xavier
The Musketeer star continued his monster March by dropping 29 points in Xavier’s demolition of Florida State.
1. The missed goaltending call on Gonzaga
After trailing by as many as 22 points, Northwestern had whittled Gonzaga’s lead all the way down to five with just under five minutes to play. The Wildcats had the ball and all the momentum in the world and an apparent uncontested lay-up to cut the lead to three. Instead, Dererk Pardon’s dunk attempt was blocked by Gonzaga’s Zach Collins , who had appeared to come up through the rim for an obvious goaltend. No goaltending was called.
Yeah, that’s supposed to be two points.
Northwestern coach Chris Collins ran onto the court and went ballistic, prompting a technical foul call and stopping Northwestern’s momentum dead in its tracks. The Wildcats fought during the game’s final minutes, but could never get any closer than they were before the missed call.
Chris Collins ’ reaction after the game when he was told that a missed call had in fact taken place was pretty priceless.
There’s no guarantee that the final outcome would have been different if the proper call had been made, but there’s also no doubt that the sequence completely changed the direction that the game was heading.
2. Defending national champions continuing to disappoint
As the tournament’s No. 1 overall seed, Villanova had appeared to be in prime position to become college basketball’s first back-to-back national champion in a decade. Instead, the Wildcats became the latest victim of a troubling trend. Not only were the 2006-07 Florida Gators the only defending national champion since 1992 to retain their crown, but they’re the only defending national champions in the last 16 years to even make it back to the Elite 8.
Heavy is the head.
3. Verne Lundquist getting hit in the face with a basketball
When 99 percent of the world gets unexpectedly drilled in the face with a basketball, it’s hilarious. When Uncle Verne does, it’s an act of terrorism.
I don’t care if it was intentional or not, the guilty party must be brought to justice.
Thankfully, Verne is a pro’s pro who played through the pain and even made light of the incident during the West Virginia-Notre Dame broadcast.
4. The ACC
The ACC, widely regarded throughout the season as the best conference in college basketball, sent three of its top teams into action on Saturday — No. 3 seed Florida State, No. 5 seed Notre Dame, and No. 5 seed Virginia. The teams combined to lose their three games by a total score of 239-176. That’s bad.
The ACC has had a subpar tournament overall so far, but it still has No. 1 seed North Carolina, No. 2 seed Duke and No. 2 seed Louisville all still in play. Those three will play for spots in the Sweet 16 on Sunday.
5. Monte Morris ’ college career coming to an end
Iowa State’s loss to Purdue marked the end of Monte Morris ’ college career, which might be the most under-appreciated of any in recent memory.
Morris set the NCAA record for assist-to-turnover ratio in a season when he was a freshman, and then nearly broke it a year later. As a four-year starter for the Cyclones, he finished his college career playing in 142 games. He turned the ball over only 165 times. How ridiculous is that? Morris could have committed 59 straight turnovers without an assists in the NCAA tournament, and he still would have left college basketball as the sport’s all-time leader in career assist-to-turnover ratio.
Shine on, Monte. The college game will miss you.
1. Upsets!
Look, I would have settled for something as simple as a top-two seed being pushed to the brink. Kudos to the tournament for going above and beyond and giving us the No. 1 overall seed bounced in a thriller and a No. 3 seed getting run off the court by a No. 11. Even West Virginia-Notre Dame and Florida-Virginia were surprises in terms of the way they went down.
You’re keeping us on our toes now. We appreciate that.
2. Dancing usher
Not, like, Usher Usher ... this usher
So better.
Seriously, shoutout to this guy for being the only thing remotely entertaining about Xavier-Florida State for non-Musketeer fans.
3. Vitto Brown ’s singing voice
You may have known that Vitto Brown helped Wisconsin knock off Villanova with his 10 points and his defense on Josh Hart in the final seconds. But did you know he had pipes like this ?
Vitto Brown of @BadgerMBB gives one smooth rendition of "One Shining Moment" pic.twitter.com/RvimOEBTJj
— March Madness TV (@MarchMadnessTV) March 18, 2017
The next time CBS elects to switch up One Shining Moment (side note: please don’t do this), I would be fine with Vitto Brown being the one who goes into the booth.
4. The Caleb Swanigan vs. Deonte Burton showdown
Two of the best bigs in the country went head to head Saturday night, and the result was perhaps the most entertaining second half of the entire day. Both Swanigan and Burton showed off their complete skillsets, and both exposed the biggest flaws in the other.
Burton was able to score at will on Swanigan when he was able to bring him out high and either take him off the bounce or get a clean look at an outside shot. Swanigan, meanwhile, had his way with Burton when he caught the ball deep on the block and the Cyclones didn’t bring a double team.
The result was that the two terrific players combined for 45 points and 16 rebounds.
5. The middle school Caleb Swanigan basketball highlights
You’ve never seen middle school dominance like this before.
Caleb Swanigan has been BEASTING in the post for a long long time. pic.twitter.com/tZulo0pUw9
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 19, 2017
In all seriousness Swanigan’s story of body transformation is remarkable, and it’s great to see it paying off for him in the biggest of ways.
1. Kadeem Allen , Arizona
Don’t jump. Never jump.
2. Deonte Burton , Iowa State
The big man for the Cyclones had a monster game going head to head with Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan.
3. Vic Law , Northwestern
Law ’s put-back dunk came at the height of Northwestern’s run against Gonzaga.
A terrific shot here of the no-call that changed it all.
“They play on ESPN every game, so I’ve just seen them play a few times. But it’s nothing special, nothing we can’t do. We’re not scared to say any team on this planet earth so we’re ready and we’ll be ready to play tomorrow.”
—Wichita State’s Darral Willis Jr. discussing his team’s second-round game against Kentucky on Sunday
We’ve got one more day left of the weekend that makes March mad. Soak it up, because it figures to be fantastic.
No. 2 Louisville vs. No. 7 Michigan, 12:10 p.m.
Midwest region | Indianapolis, Ind.
TV: CBS | Announcers: Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery, Tracy Wolfson
No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 10 Wichita State, 2:40 p.m.*
South region | Indianapolis, Ind.
TV: CBS | Announcers: Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery, Tracy Wolfson
No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 9 Michigan State, 5:15 p.m.
Midwest region | Tulsa, Okla.
TV: CBS | Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Dana Jacobson
No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 8 Arkansas, 6:10 p.m.
South region | Greenville, S.C.
TV: TNT | Announcers: Brian Anderson , Chris Webber, Lewis Johnson
No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 11 Rhode Island, 7:10 p.m.
Midwest region | Sacramento, Calif.
TV: TBS | Announcers: Spero Dedes, Steve Smith , Len Elmore, Ros Gold-Onwude
No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 11 USC, 7:45 p.m.*
East region | Tulsa, Okla.
TV: truTV | Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Dana Jacobson
No. 2 Duke vs. No. 7 South Carolina, 8:40 p.m.*
East region | Greenville, S.C.
TV: TNT | Announcers: Brian Anderson, Chris Webber, Lewis Johnson
No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 6 Cincinnati, 9:40 p.m.*
South region | Sacramento, Calif.
TV: TBS | Announcers: Spero Dedes, Steve Smith , Len Elmore, Ros Gold-Onwude
*Start time is approximate. Will tip off shortly after first game ends.
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