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Vitale: Wichita State is awesome, baby!

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March 16, 2006

TEAM OF THE DAY: Wichita State

Mark Turgeon's Shockers scored just 52 points in a Missouri Valley Conference semifinal loss to Bradley. Wichita State took charge against Seton Hall, leading by 16 points at halftime in a 86-66 victory.

The victory marked the school's first NCAA Tournament win since 1981. Wichita State meets Tennessee on Saturday.

PLAYER OF THE DAY: Adam Morrison, Gonzaga

He put on an incredible performance in a win over Xavier. Morrison finished with 35 points in 38 minutes, hitting four of eight trifectas while rallying the Zags over the Musketeers. Mark Few's squad needed every one of Morrison's points.

COACH OF THE DAY: Karl Hobbs, George Washington

The Colonials were down 18 points in the second half against UNC Wilmington. George Washington came back and got away with an overtime victory as Hobbs' squad moved to 27-2 and a Saturday date against the Dukies.

SHOCK OF THE DAY: Montana over Nevada

Nick Fazekas and company couldn't get it done. Larry Krystkowiak's squad got a 87-79 victory as the No. 12 seed over No. 5 seed jinx continues.

Montana hit six of its 12 trifecta attempts. Andrew Strait scored 22 points, seven assists and no turnovers.

DIAPER DANDY OF THE DAY: Jamar Smith, Illinois

He came off the Illini bench and scored 20 points, hitting six of nine 3-pointers.

Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in 1979. Send a question for Vitale for possible use on ESPNEWS.

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