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30 GIFS that Capture the Madness of the 2014 NCAA Tournament

by: Esteban On  Thursday, April 3, 2014

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The 2014 NCAA Tournament is not over yet. The Final Four goes down on Saturday, with the National Championship game scheduled for Monday. However, unlike just about every other major sports tournament on earth, with this one the final rounds are an afterthought. It’s the utter madness of the first week, with all the upsets and crazy finishes, that everyone loves. So is it premature to take a look back at March Madness 2014? Nope. The champion has yet to be crowned, but the best part is over. Let’s reminisce, then, shall we?

 

30. Gator Buzzer-Beater

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Sure, it was only the end of a the first half. But a gorgeous buzzer-beater is a gorgeous buzzer-beater. Besides, Albany stayed right there with Florida in the opening round, and this shot gave the Gators the momentum they needed to avoid becoming the first ever 1-16 upset.

 

29. Cleanthony Early: Good at Basketball

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The Wichita State Shockers may not have escaped the Bracket of Death, losing to Kentucky’s Final Four-bound fab five in round two. But it was one of the best games of the tournament, and the Shockers—behind Cleanthony Early—proved without a doubt that they were the real deal.

 

28. Go Cardinals!

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Until I saw this, I actually had no idea what a huge Louisville fan I was. 

 

27. Ref Springs Into Action

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Look at those cat-like reflexes from the portly little man in the zebra shirt! I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets recruited by the WWE.

 

26. The One-Handed Free Throw

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Some people may mock American University’s Tony Wroblicky’s unique approach to free throws, but you can’t argue with success. This 6’10″ center shot 72% from the line this year for the Eagles.

Besides, it could be worse. At least he’s not wearing short shorts and lobbing the ball up there underhanded.

25. The Longhorn Reaction

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Let’s see if you can guess how the Texas-Arizona State game ended simply by looking at the reaction of the two benches.

Here is Texas…

 

24. The Sun Devil Reaction

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…and here is Arizaona State.

So, your guess?

 

23. Longhorn Buzzer-Beater

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Elation for Texas, dejection for Arizona State.

Man I love March Madness.

 

22. Wiggins Alley-Oop

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Andrew Wiggins and Kansas didn’t just didn’t have it against Stanford in the second round, but they certainly looked like a potent #2 against Eastern Kentucky in the opening round.

 

21. Phil Martelli's Adorable Grandson

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I’m pretty sure they don’t have an award for “Cutest Kids of the NCAA Tournament,” but if they did little Philip Stephen Martelli would get it. Even I think he’s adorable, and I’m a curmudgeon.

 

20. Shabazz Napier Layup

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Trying to figure out how UConn made it to the final four? Well, Shabazz Napier is a pretty good place to start.

 

19. Rim Shot

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I hate it when that happens.

Of course, when I play basketball I have to go and get a broom stick to get the ball down, so it’s much more inconvenient.

 

 

18. Cinderella Dances

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The Dayton Flyers didn’t make it to the Final Four, but their trip to the Elite Eight makes them the official Cinderella of the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

 

17. Baylor Mobs Craig Sager

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Baylor beat Nebraska in the first round, then routed Creighton to reach the Elite Eight.

So yeah, they were excited.

 

16. Upset Dance

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This is the appropriate reaction when your #14 seed knocks off #3 Duke in the first round.

 

15. UConn's Bench Celebration

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If Shabazz Napier isn’t the reason UConn finds itself in the Final Four, maybe it’s the mojo they create with their unique bench celebration.

 

14. Michigan's Happy Dance

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I’m surprised the Michigan boys had the energy to outlast the Volunteers, given the enthusiasm with which their bench was celebrating three pointers midway through the first half.

 

13. Enthusiastic Wolverine Dad

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Now this guy knows how to party.

 

12. Demonic UConn Band Guy

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Does this guy even play an instrument, or does he just beat his chest?

 

11. Baylor Bro

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Behold, the mating dance of the Baylor frat guy.

 

10. Wisconsin Bros

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Where does one procure overalls such as these? Seriously, I want to know.

 

9. Rock Chalk Sad Hawk

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I think every sports fan feels this kid’s pain, right? 

8. Disgusted Wolverine Cheerleader

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Either the girl sitting next to her really let one rip, or this Michigan cheerleader did not enjoy what she just saw.

 

7. Saul Phillips Is So Metal

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North Dakota State coach Saul Phillips may where a suit and tie for work, but when #12 North Dakota State beat the Sooners, he showed he’s actually pure rock ‘n’ roll.

 

6. Mercer's Trick Play

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With this ridiculous inbound trick play against Duke, Mercer basically sealed the biggest upset of the tournament.

 

5. Epic Alley-Oop, Angle One

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And the award for “Best Play That Didn’t Even Count” goes to…Richard Amardi of the Oregon Ducks.

In fact, this one’s so good, lets take another look…

 

4. Epic Alley-Oop, Angle Two

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Just a 60-foot alley-oop. No big deal.

 

3. Assist of the Year

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Shabazz Napier is good, but Ryan Boatright had the assist of the tournament. That’s some Magic Johnson sh*t.

 

2. UNC Videobomber

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This has to be one of the best videobombs of all time.

 

1. The Stanford Cowbell Guy

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Apparently the cowbell guy in the Stanford pep band was drunk.

March madness indeed.

 




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