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CBK 99 100 2013 NCAA Tournament Studs and Duds First Weekend 31656483 Duds - Georgetown Hoyas Duds+-+Georgetown+Hoyas CBK

They say basketball is a "game of runs."  For the Georgetown Hoyas, they'd appreciate it if you didn't remind them.


The Hoyas used an 8-0 run to take an 18-11 lead over Florida Gulf Coast during the first half of Friday night's second-round contest.  But that's about as good as it got.  The Eagles closed the half on a 13-4 run.  The Hoyas missed nine straight shots during that stretch.  FGCU rattled off a 21-2 run in the second half to send G-town packing and become the seventh No. 15 seed (third in last two tournaments) to beat a No. 2 seed.

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CBK 99 100 2013 NCAA Tournament Studs and Duds First Weekend 31656484 Duds - Wisconsin Badgers Duds+-+Wisconsin+Badgers CBK

We get it.  The Wisconsin Badgers are not the most explosive team in college basketball.  However, the effort put forth in their second-round contest against Ole Miss was painful to watch.  The Badgers shot 25 percent from the floor, 23 percent from beyond the arc and less than 70 percent from the free throw line.  It's usually "first to 50 points" when you play Wisconsin.  The Badgers scored 46 points.

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CBK 99 100 2013 NCAA Tournament Studs and Duds First Weekend 31654264 Duds - Pittsburgh Panthers Duds+-+Pittsburgh+Panthers CBK

The Pittsburgh Panthers shot 1-17 (5.9 percent) from beyond the arc against Witchita State in the second round.  They got blown out by 18 points.  Despite this, Jamie Dixon just inked a 10-year contract extension.  So, what do we know.

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CBK 99 100 2013 NCAA Tournament Studs and Duds First Weekend 31654289 Dud - New Mexico vs. Harvard Dud+-+New+Mexico+vs.+Harvard CBK

Let's place New Mexico's RPI, BPI and all other three-letter acronyms on the back burner for just a second. Did an old fashioned eye test suggest that New Mexico wasn't a very strong No. 3 seed this year?  The Lobos looked to be out of rhythm for most of its game against Harvard on Thursday night.  "But Ryan, that's what Harvard does to its opponents.  Their style makes them tough to play."  I understand that, but when you are beating your chest over RPI's and BPI's, the No. 3 seed Lobos should have crushed any team out of the Ivy League.

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CBK 99 100 2013 NCAA Tournament Studs and Duds First Weekend 31651277 Stud - Arsalan Kazemi Stud+-+Arsalan+Kazemi CBK

When the brackets were released on Selection Sunday, most college basketball fans were quick to point out that Oregon was well under-seeded.  They were right.  As a No. 12 seed, the Ducks cruised by No. 5 seed Oklahoma State and No. 4 seed Saint Louis.  A guy you should keep your eye on during Oregon's Sweet 16 matchup against Louisville is Arsalan Kazemi.  The big man ripped down 33 rebounds and chipped in 19 points through the first two games.
 

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CBK 99 100 2013 NCAA Tournament Studs and Duds First Weekend 31656482 Studs - Witchita State Studs+-+Witchita+State CBK

Despite shooting a paltry 2-20 (10 percent) from three-point range against Pittsburgh in the second round, the Shockers still managed to beat the Panthers by 18.  Turns out knocking down 33-41 (41!!) free throws improves your chances of winning.  Wichita State then accomplished something many critics were waiting for: they upset No. 1 seed Gonzaga (Tournament Dud).  Coincidentally, they connected on 14-28 three-balls, including five consecutive late in the game, to secure the win over the Bulldogs.
 

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CBK 99 100 2013 NCAA Tournament Studs and Duds First Weekend 31654274 Studs - Vander Blue and Jamil Wilson Studs+-+Vander+Blue+and+Jamil+Wilson CBK

With 1:33 remaining in a second-round matchup, Marquette trailed Davidson by seven points.  Vander Blue stepped to the free throw line and knocked down two free throws to cut the deficit to five.  The series of events that followed were so March Madness.  Jamil Wilson hit two three-pointers, while Blue hit one from beyond the arc.  Davidson hit three free throws and layed one up and in.  Down one point with seven seconds remaining, the Wildcats turned the ball over on an errant pass.  Out of the Marquette timeout, Blue broke down his defender and blew right by him for the game-winning bucket.  The Golden Eagles are headed to the Sweet 16.
 

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CBK 99 100 2013 NCAA Tournament Studs and Duds First Weekend 31654269 Stud - Derrick Nix Stud+-+Derrick+Nix CBK

Michigan State cruised in its first two games of 2013 NCAA Tournament with wins over Valparaiso and Memphis.  In the Thursday opener, Spartans' big man Derrick Nix dominated the Crusaders in the paint.  He scored 23 points (10-17 FG), ripped down 15 rebounds with two steals in MSU's 65-54 win.  Nix followed that up with 13 and eight against the Tigers.

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CBK 99 100 2013 NCAA Tournament Studs and Duds First Weekend 31651745 Stud - Khalif Wyatt Stud+-+Khalif+Wyatt CBK

Khalif Wyatt's Owls nearly pulled off the upset of No. 1 seed Indiana on Sunday, but it wasn't because of lack of effort on his part.  In his two tournament games, against the Hoosiers and NC State, Wyatt scored 62 points (21-46 FG).  Like he did so many times during the regular season (19.8 PPG), he continued to pace the Owls' offense.  However, he could have used a supporting cast member.  Wyatt scored 31 of the Temple's 52 points on Sunday.

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CBK 99 100 2013 NCAA Tournament Studs and Duds First Weekend 31651748 Stud - Aaron Craft Stud+-+Aaron+Craft CBK

In the game's final five minutes, Aaron Craft missed the front end of a couple 1-and-1 charity tosses, turned the ball over and missed a jumper.  However, with the game tied at 75 and the final seconds ticking down, the pesky point guard waived off Ohio State's top scorer, Deshaun Thomas, and elected to take the final shot.  Just to the right of the top of the three-point arc, Craft pulled the trigger over 6-foot-7 Georges Niang.  Craft hit nothing but net as the goose neck hand hung in the air for a few extra seconds.  It was his only three-pointer of the game.
 

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CBK 99 100 2013 NCAA Tournament Studs and Duds First Weekend 31653635 Studs - Florida Gulf Coast Studs+-+Florida+Gulf+Coast CBK

Florida Gulf Coast's confidence bordered on arrogance at times, but the tongue wagging and chicken dancing shouldn't bother you.  What do you expect from a No. 15 seed who received no attention heading into the NCAA tournament, save from the in-depth analysis of the head coach's wife?  On Friday night, they were the better team on the floor against a dazed and confused Georgetown squad.  Two days later, they basically ran San Diego State off the court in the second half with dazzling fast breaks and thunderous ally-oop dunks that coerced the entire arena to pull for the boys in blue.  The Eagles, led by Brett Comer (24 assists in two games), Sherwood Brown and Bernard Thompson, become the first No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16. - Ryan Fowler
 

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CBK 99 100 2013 NCAA Tournament Studs and Duds First Weekend 31656476 NCAA Tournament Opening Weekend NCAA+Tournament+Opening+Weekend CBK

The first four days of the 2013 NCAA Tournament were chock full of the highest highs and lowest lows.  We'll recap some of the best and worst, but we want to hear from you, too!  Tweet @FOXSportsFowler your NCAA Tournament Studs and Duds from opening weekend. - Ryan Fowler


Dayton, Ohio (pic) witnessed the greateast single moment of Sunday afternoon and we'll have more on that in a second, but it was far from the "cinderella swag story" penned in Philadelphia ...
 

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