The 2015 NCAA Tournament is over. The dancing is done. The madness has ceased. The Duke Blue Devils are your 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champions. And we’re all about to go through some pretty serious college hoops withdrawal.
The good news? There’s always this list of the best GIFs of the 2015 NCAA Tournament. It’s not quite as entertaining as actual March Madness basketball, but it’s still pretty good. We’ve got some clutch shots, impressive blocks, weird fans, creepy mascots, controversial plays, exasperated coaches, and—last but never least—plenty crying. So it ought to help ease the transition back to ordinary life.
But talk is cheap. Let’s get to the best GIFs of the 2015 NCAA Tournament, shall we?
Nobody had even heard of this guy before the 2015 NCAA Tournament began. He started the season behind three other guards on the deapth chart, barely getting minutes, completely overshadowed by Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor.
Now, after scoring 16 points in Duke's National Championship win over Wisconsin—and after this amazing dunk from their semifinal game against MSU—people definitely know who Grayson Allen is.
35. Grayson Gets His Own Rebound
That expression got way too literal for Xavier's J.P. Macura against Georgia State in the second round.
34. In Your Face
You could barely see this one in real time. Unfortunately for VCU, the refs took a look at the replay, in which it's clear as day.
33. D'Angelo Russell's Face vs. Doug Brooks' Elbow
Frank Kaminsky had a hell of a season, but he didn't become a "media darling" until the NCAA Tournament began.
32. Frank the Tank: Ball Polisher
And in case you were wondering, yes, Frank Kaminsky can dance, too.
31. Frank the Tank: Skilled Dancer
These guys obviously weren't at practice the day Ole Miss worked on alley-oops.
30. The Alley-Oop to Nowhere
Please what? Please don't look into your recruiting practices?
29. Calipari Begging
Who needs instant replay? Just have the coaches can just re-enact what happened for the referees.
28. Bo Ryan Re-Enacting a Foul
Cincinnati forced overtime against Purdue in the opening round with this ridiculous buzzer beater. Then they edged the Boilermakers 7-6 in the extra frame to advance to the second round.
27. Cincinnati Buzzer-Beater
So close, and yet so far.
26. Boise State Dunk Fail
This one's from an NBA March Madness commercial celebrating the NCAA Tournament while subtly reminding everyone that if you love college basketball, you'll love NBA basketball.
(The red glasses were a nice touch.)
25. Westbrook the Bruin
Kyle Lowry may be a Raptor now, but I guess he'll always be a Wildcat at heart.
24. Lowry the Wildcat
This is Sparty when MSU made it to the Final Four.
23. Happy Sparty
And this is Sparty when MSU got destroyed by Duke in the Final Four.
22. Sad Sparty
Nothing like a crushing defeat in the National Championship Game to make a guy in a teletubby costume wonder what the hell he's doing with his life.
21. Wisconsin Teletubby
Easily the best rebound-assist combo of the tournament.
20. Lying Down on the Job
No. 11 UCLA knocked off no. 7SMU in the first round by a score of 60-59, thanks in large part to this play by SMU's Yanick Moreira. The refs ruled it a goaltending and awarded UCLA three decisive points.
From this angle it definitely does not look like goaltending. However, from overhead...
From overhead, it looks a hell of a lot closer—though I'd still go with no goaltend, since the ball already looks to be past the rim when Moreira touches it.
Late in the championship game between Wisconsin and Duke, after studying an instant replay, the refs ruled that Duke's Justise Winslow did not touch this ball before it went out of bounds.
However, as you can see, Winslow clearly did touch it the ball. Look at his middle finger and watch it move as the ball grazes it. It should have been a Wisconsin possession!
Nice going, refs.
17. Refs Blow It Again
Wisconsin star Nigel Hayes apparently does not understand how microphones work.
16. Nigel Hayes Love Story: Part 1
Because yes, we heard that.
15. Nigel Hayes Love Story, Part 2
His reaction was the more adorable thing we've seen at a press conference since Phil Martelli brought his grandson to one back in November.
14. Nigel Hayes Loves Story, Part 3
Butler gave no. 3 Notre Dame all they could handle in the second round. They might have even upset the Irish with a buzzer-beating three-pointer if not for this epic block by Pat Connaughton that preserved a tie and forces overtime.
13. Game-Saving Block
If you were looking for one play to summarize the Kentucky's 78-39 beatdown of West Virginia in the Sweet 16, this double block on BillyDee Williams (real name) would be it.
12. Double Stuffed
You know who really, really enjoyed Kentucky's beatdown of West Virginia? Ashley Judd.
11. Celebrity Superfan
Dayton's Dyshawn Pierre lost his shorts while going up for a rebound, and the Boise State cheerleaders who had a front row seat for the dong show could not contain their excitement.
10. Don't Act Like You're Not Impressed
You know who thinks that goaltending call was bullsh*t? This kid.
9. Sad SMU Kid
I don't know about baseball, but there's definitely crying in college basketball.