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?
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.
30. Gator Buzzer-Beater
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.
29. Cleanthony Early: Good at Basketball
Until I saw this, I actually had no idea what a huge Louisville fan I was.
28. Go Cardinals!
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.
27. Ref Springs Into Action
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.
26. The One-Handed Free Throw
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...
25. The Longhorn Reaction
...and here is Arizaona State.
So, your guess?
24. The Sun Devil Reaction
Elation for Texas, dejection for Arizona State.
Man I love March Madness.
23. Longhorn Buzzer-Beater
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.
22. Wiggins Alley-Oop
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.
21. Phil Martelli's Adorable Grandson
Trying to figure out how UConn made it to the final four? Well, Shabazz Napier is a pretty good place to start.
20. Shabazz Napier Layup
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.
19. Rim Shot
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.
18. Cinderella Dances
Baylor beat Nebraska in the first round, then routed Creighton to reach the Elite Eight.
So yeah, they were excited.
17. Baylor Mobs Craig Sager
This is the appropriate reaction when your #14 seed knocks off #3 Duke in the first round.
16. Upset Dance
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.
15. UConn's Bench Celebration
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.
14. Michigan's Happy Dance
Now this guy knows how to party.
13. Enthusiastic Wolverine Dad
Does this guy even play an instrument, or does he just beat his chest?
12. Demonic UConn Band Guy
Behold, the mating dance of the Baylor frat guy.
11. Baylor Bro
Where does one procure overalls such as these? Seriously, I want to know.
10. Wisconsin Bros
I think every sports fan feels this kid's pain, right?
9. Rock Chalk Sad Hawk
Either the girl sitting next to her really let one rip, or this Michigan cheerleader did not enjoy what she just saw.
8. Disgusted Wolverine Cheerleader
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.
7. Saul Phillips Is So Metal
With this ridiculous inbound trick play against Duke, Mercer basically sealed the biggest upset of the tournament.
6. Mercer's Trick Play
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...
5. Epic Alley-Oop, Angle One
Just a 60-foot alley-oop. No big deal.
4. Epic Alley-Oop, Angle Two
Shabazz Napier is good, but Ryan Boatright had the assist of the tournament. That's some Magic Johnson sh*t.
3. Assist of the Year
This has to be one of the best videobombs of all time.
2. UNC Videobomber
Apparently the cowbell guy in the Stanford pep band was drunk.
March madness indeed.
1. The Stanford Cowbell Guy
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