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What brings together frat boys, sorority babes, helpless geeks and, of course, jocks. No, it's not another "Revenge of the Nerds" sequel, it's the NCAA Tournament. Page 2's Eric Immerman ventures inside a campus chat room to talk college hoop with our country's brightest young minds.
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Forget hitting a 100-mph fastball or even riding a 2-ton bull. Definitely forget anything that involves figure skating. With all due respect to USA Today, none of those things make Page 2's list of the 10 hardest things to do in sports. However, our list does include Don King, Dickie V. and Gheorghe Muresan's "My Giant."

Quickie Times Two! Wacky Bracket
It's the most wonderful day of the sports year. Whether you're trapped in an office or you called in "sick" today, you'll be able to follow the madness live with Page 2's special Tourney Quickie, which will update every 15 minutes. Before you begin that dance, check out the Daily Quickie's tourney primer.
There's bad blood brewing in Page 2's Wacky Bracket Tournament as play begins in the Mary Hart Region. Britney Spears and Fred Durst will finally settle their kiss-and-tell grudge match, while Joe Millionaire and Trista have set their sights on winning the Reality TV Sub-Regional.

SECRETS OF THE NBA REFS
Karl Malone doesn't travel. Superstars don't get the benefit of the doubt. More fouls are called in the playoffs. NBA refs make the right call 93 percent of the time. So says Ed T. Rush, the NBA's Director of Officiating, in a Q&A with Page 2 hoop guru Charley Rosen.


All right, we're deep in March Madness now. We've listed the the 10 best individual performances in the history of the NCAA Tournament and the 10 most stunning upsets of all-time, so now we're focusing on the 10 biggest blowouts ever. Check out our list of March massacres and vote for your favorite runaway.

10]  Princeton 118, Wichita State 82 (consolation game, 1965)
Bill Bradley set a tournament record with 58 points as the Tigers rolled to a 36-point rout of the Shockers in the consolation game at the 1965 Final Four.
9]  Texas A&M 78, North Carolina 61 (Midwest Regional second round, 1980)
This was really a five-minute blowout. The two teams were tied at 53-53 at the end of regulation, then battled to a scoreless first OT period. In the second extra period, A&M set a tourney record for the most points in an overtime, scoring 25 to UNC's 7.
8]  Syracuse 101, Brown 52 (East regional first round, 1986)
The Orangemen took control late in the first half, reeling off 21 straight points and went into the locker room with a 51-23 lead. Dwayne "Pearl" Washington put on a great show while playing only 13 minutes in the first half, scoring 17 points with some fancy moves.
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VEGAS' ODDS TO WIN 2003 NCAA Tournament
Kentucky 3-1   Duke 12-1
Arizona 4-1   Louisville 12-1
Oklahoma 6-1   Mississippi St. 15-1
Kansas 8-1   Illinois 15-1
Florida 8-1   Memphis 20-1
Texas 10-1   Maryland 20-1
Pitt 10-1   UConn 25-1
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HEY, RUBE
You know the Good Doctor likes Kentucky, but who else is in his Final Four. Check out Hunter's full bracket for the 2003 NCAA tourney.

THE SPORTS GUY
It's that time of year again, and the Sports Guy wants to share the 10 things he loves the most about March Madness.

THE HOT LIST
Page 2's Dan Shanoff rumages through the bracket to find the hottest players, sleepers, mascots, coaches and squads in the NCAA tourney.

LIFE GOES ON ... SORT OF
As war erupts and the games go on, Jim Caple reflects on the good feelings sports provide and the real issues we too often ignore.

FIVE ALIVE
Ten years after they broke up, Page 2's Eric Neel says the one thing you can't argue about the Fab Five is the electricity they created.

GIRL TALK
Guys say they want a girl who can talk the talk about sports. However, Stacey Pressman writes, that couldn't be further from the truth.
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It's Maquette's men's hoop head coach, Tom Crean, left, and actor Tom Arnold. Page 2 has received 29 requests for this match. Browse our archives of past pairs or click here to submit a future duo for Page 2.


Men's NCAA Tourney first round
3 p.m. ET, ESPN
So. Illinois vs. Missouri, BYU vs. Connecticut, Vermont vs. Arizona
 
Men's NCAA Tourney first round
7 p.m. ET, ESPN
West. Kentucky vs. Illinois, Central Mich. vs. Creighton, Arizona State vs. Memphis, Weber State vs. Wiscon.
 
Lakers at Kings
10 p.m. ET, TNT
How the West is won.
 
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If you missed Page 2 over the last week, check out our back issues:
• Wed., March 19: Reality Check
• Tues., March 18: True Madness
• Mon., March 17: Lions & Lambs
• Fri., March 14: What Men Want

Other featured content:
• Page 2's Ultimate Scorecard
• What the Heck Are They Thinking?
• Get Iverson onto Team USA
• 10 Burning Questions with Jennie Finch
• Diary of Anna Kournikova's marriage
• The top 10 divorces in sports history
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