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The Morning Mix

- Syracuse nearly lost to UNC-Asheville yesterday in the first round but was bailed out by a couple of questionable calls late in the game. Jim Boeheim responded in the most Jim Boeheim-like way ever. You can imagine that UNC-Asheville players were none too pleased. But the networks are getting it right by using live explanations

- Mike Vorkunov provides an awesome-read on what happens to the hardwood after it’s used for the Final Four floor

- Where does this near-upset rank among the famous 16 vs. 1 games?

- UNC-Asheville got close to becoming the first No.16-seed to win a game. Can LIU-Brooklyn finish the job today against Michigan State?

- Ohio pulled off a major tournament upset two years ago, yet very few people are talking about their chances against Michigan. Can the Bobcats do it again?

- Speaking of Ohio, today is the day we get to see if Georgetown can rid themselves of the first round blues

- March Madness can be awesome, but it can also be cruel. Very very cruel

- Robbie Hummel’s long road back is nearing the end

- Shaka Smart is superstitious about his game-attire

- Hey look, Vanderbilt actually won a NCAA Tournament game!

- UConn’s season came to a close thanks to some very UConn-like plays

- Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury has decided to retire after 14 seasons. If I had to deal with he had to deal with the past two seasons, I’d retire too

- Renardo Sidney tweeted out that he’s leaving Mississippi State too. I hope to God no NBA teams decided to draft him

- Former-Illini guard Eddie Johnson believes he has more than enough qualifications to be the next head coach at Illinois

- Duke assistant coach Chris Collins would be interested in the Illinois head coaching job if they called him

- Did you ever imagine you would see an op-ed column about Nebraska basketball during March Madness?

- Two players have decided to transfer out of Penn State. Freshman Trey Lewis, who sat out 12 games this season with a stress fracture will leave Happy Valley, along with sophomore guard Matt Glover, who wants to transfer to a school closer to his home in California

- Southern Mississippi band members chanted racial slurs at Kansas State’s Angel Rodriguez

- The first day of March Madness could have used a buzzer-beater like this