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Thursday Awards

SPECIAL TO ESPN.COM

The first day of the NCAA tournament had some interesting results. It is time to dole out some awards:

PLAYER OF THE DAY: Joe Crawford, Kentucky
Even in defeat, Crawford played his heart out in his final collegiate appearance. He scored 35 points to keep Kentucky close, but it was not enough as Marquette prevailed. He hit 13-of-22 shots in his 39 minutes of play.

TEAM OF THE DAY: Washington State
Tied with Winthrop at halftime, the Cougars outscored the Eagles 42-11 in the second half, The defense held Winthrop to four-of-24 from the field in the second half.

COACH OF THE DAY: Rick Byrd, Belmont
It was almost shock city for the Bruins, but the Dukies survived and advanced in a thriller. After losing big-time against Georgetown and UCLA the last two years in the big dance, Belmont gave the Blue Devils the scare of a lifetime.

DIAPER DANDY OF THE DAY: Michael Beasley, Kansas State
What else is new? Despite early foul trouble, the Wildcats' star scored 23 points while grabbing 11 rebounds in 29 minutes as Kansas State knocked off USC.

SHOCK OF THE DAY: Kansas State over USC
A No. 11 seed knocked off a No. 6 as Frank Martin's squad got to the winner's circle.

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