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Friday, March 16, 2012
NCAA tournament daily awards

By Dick Vitale
ESPN.com

For games played on March 15

PLAYERS OF THE DAY/NIGHT: Jae Crowder, Marquette and Rodney McGruder, Kansas State
Crowder had 25 points, 16 rebounds and five steals in a win over BYU. The last player to have a 20+ point, 10+ rebound, five steal game was Danny Manning of Kansas in 1988. McGruder had 30 points on 11-of-16 field goals against Southern Mississippi.

TEAM OF THE DAY/NIGHT: Iowa State
The Cyclones got a blowout city win Connecticut.

COACH OF THE DAY/NIGHT: Buzz Williams, Marquette
The Golden Eagles beat BYU by 20.

SHOCK OF THE DAY/NIGHT: VCU over Wichita State
Shaka Smart's team advanced as a No. 12 seed, going to 18-1 in the last 19 games.

GAME OF THE DAY/NIGHT: VCU-Wichita State
It went down to the wire as the Shockers missed a shot to tie.