Posted on: March 25, 2011 3:09 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2011 3:10 pm

Video: Jeremy Lamb praises Kemba Walker

Posted by Eric Angevine

UConn fans: hope in your heart of hearts that this Lamb kid sticks around three years like Kemba did (yes, I'm assuming there will be no fourth year). He may be amazed by watching his talented teammate, but the rest of us in Anaheim went away shaking our heads at the incredibly athletic play Lamb made to seal the game. He leapt in the air and snatched a seemingly safe D.J. Gay pass from the sky, then sprinted down the court to throw down the dunk on the other end. Spectacular.

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Posted on: March 24, 2011 6:48 pm

Video: Kyle Singler's family talks Sweet 16

Posted by Eric Angevine

There's nothing like having family to back you up on a big day like today. Kyle Singler's grandfather and cousins talked to me about what it means to be able to come to Anaheim and cheer for family in the Sweet 16.

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Posted on: March 24, 2011 9:50 am

Gus Johnson and great moments in history

Posted by Matt Norlander

Man taking flight. Walking on the moon. Moon-walking. All of these, such transcendent moments in our history as a nation, as a people, truly.

And we have Gus Johnson's call for each of them, and more. The creative minds at funnyordie.com got someone who does an incredible impersonation of the most popular microphoned man in March to flash us back to moments of triumph throughout history. You Thursday won't be complete until you hear this. Consider it a tune-up for tonight's games, which will have Johnson on the mic for BYU-Florida and Wisconsin-Butler.

Give a listen, and reenvision the invasion of the Trojan Horse forever.

(H/T, Jimmy Traina)

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Posted on: March 20, 2011 6:05 pm

Photo Journey, Vol. 3: The Mountains Win Again

Posted by Matt Norlander

DENVER — It's gorgeous out here.

Never been to Denver, other than being born here and moving away a few months later. Either way, I'll definitely be back.

Moving on, the third installment of the 2011 Photo Journey is about how John Denver was most certainly not full of s#!$, man. This one started Wednesday morning, with delays from Westchester Airport to Detroit. I've decided to put up the set here on a Sunday afternoon because, really, I won't overdo the airport and plane photos (I can hear your "phew" from here). The weather's been incredibly good out and up here, something I can only give with words and a few pictures I took while driving. (Sorry, mom!)

I'll spare you all the stories and let the photos do most of the talking. That is the point of this after all, right?

But! Quick commentary behind the photos: Most of the time, taking the shots was simple enough. But a few instances — like the St. John's fans, and getting the Morehead State shootaround — weren't so easy. The Queens boys practically threatened to fight me as I was taking my shot, and the people working the Pepsi Center weren't so kind in telling me to stay the hell off the floor as the Eagles prepared for their game. Let the record show I was nowhere near intruding.

Better to beg for permission than ask for forgiveness. I'll continue to do so for the next two weekends.

I wish I would've had the time to get out on I-70 and give your some snapshots to really make you jealous; the basketball photos and clicks from high in the sky will have to do. Below the slideshow, I've got a 90-second-or-so video of what Jimmer Fredette goes through after every game. Prior to this huddle around him, Jimmer sits and jokes with teammates, chews on his fingernails and sort of just stares at the ceiling. It's something to watch him go from that to, "OK, let's do this. Interview Face on."

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Tags: Photos, video
Posted on: March 19, 2011 10:41 pm

Video: Butler upsets Pitt amid controversy

Posted by Eric Angevine

Butler, man.... Butler. They're becoming the miracle children of college basketball. Credit experience, or inside play or even Brad Stevens' glasses, but these guys turn it on in the postseason.

In upsetting the No. 1 Pitt Panthers today, the Bulldogs reached the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in program history. For a team that had to win the Horizon League auto-bid to get to the Big Dance a year after reaching the final game, the breaks just keep falling their way.

Some viewers questioned the officials' decision to call either of the two late fouls in such a close game, but league supervisor of officials John Adams appeared on CBS shortly after the game ended and assured viewers that the fouls were properly called.

The bigger question, and the one both head coaches will no doubt hammer their kids with in the future is "what the heck was anyone doing fouling in either of those scenarios?" Butler had the lead with 2.2 seconds left, and should have been playing D and forcing a tough jumpshot. After the missed free throw, the odds of Matt Howard doing anything but heaving the ball in the air were pretty much nil, so why foul him?

Then again, that's March Madness for you.

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Posted on: March 18, 2011 5:33 pm
Edited on: March 18, 2011 5:42 pm

Video: The frenetic ending to George Mason-'Nova

Posted by Matt Norlander

Even if there haven't been exciting upsets early today, like what we saw yesterday (part of that is a lack of 11-6, 12-5 and 13-4 games), we've still had a couple of edge-of-your-couch endings. Afternoon, weekday tournament basketball is just the best, isn't it?

One of the big story lines heading into the weekend: George Mason is back in the second round for the first time since its Final Four run in 2006. The Patriots came from behind to take out No. 9 Villanova and win, 61-57. Exclusive CBSSports.com video below shows the final frames of the Patriots' rally, which was capped off with a Luke Hancock, go-ahead 3, then an emphatic Mike Morrison slam just before time expired.

Let me remind you: Mason was the higher-seeded team and is certainly a better one than Villanova. Villanova's season started with a 16-1 record. It ends at 21-12 and out in the first round. But no matter: the George Mason will, for a long, long time, elicit similar notions and feelings that Gonzaga and Butler do.

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Posted on: March 18, 2011 12:49 pm

Video: Duke vs. Hampton in the home

Posted by Eric Angevine

I think this guy is going to have a long trip home with his lovely wife. But it's great to see them embracing the unexpected rivalry for a couple of hours here in Charlotte.

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Posted on: March 17, 2011 4:56 pm
Edited on: March 17, 2011 4:59 pm

Morehead St video: crowd reaction, Harper, Faried

Posted by Matt Norlander

DENVER -- Amazing how everything just GOES once a game ends. It's over, and the interviews begin, the mob flows in the bowels of the arena, chasing down quotes, and the race is on to churn out game stories on what's only one of a handful of great endings so far this afternoon.

But as of now (Kentucky going to hold on?) there's been no bigger upset than No. 13 Morehead State 62, No. 4 Louisville 61. Below I've got an interview with the man who the game winning shot for the Eagles, Demonte Harper, followed by a one-on-one with Kenneth Faried, who grabbed 17 boards and prevented Louisville from getting a game winning shot off. Lastly, it's the Eagles fans in the crowd, seconds after their team pulled off the first true upset of the 2011 NCAA tournament.




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