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Thursday's raucous first-round NCAA Tournament action is the beginning of the best three weeks of sports noise in the calendar year. But it won't drown out the hypocrisy that ESPN Radio's Mike Greenberg hears from NCAA president Myles Brand. It's time for Brand to stop fooling fans about the NCAA's real mission.
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ONE-HIT WONDERS
Lorenzo Charles and others had their one shining moment in the NCAA Tournament. They were one-hit wonders, much like the one-hit wonders Page 2's Eric Neel hears occasionally on the radio.


They're the feel-good stories of the NCAA Tournament . . . unless the team that gets spiked by their glass slipper is your favorite. Here they are: the greatest Cinderellas from the tournament's last 25 years.

10]  Loyola Marymount, 1990
Reeling from the death of Hank Gathers, the high-scoring Lions nonetheless danced all the way to the Elite Eight.
9]  Virginia, 1984
The Cavaliers were unranked, but brushed aside Iona, Arkansas, Syracuse and Indiana en route to the Final Four.
8]  Providence, 1987
Just before the Friars' first tourney game, coach Rick Pitino's infant son died. Providence pulled together and reached the national semifinals.
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2004 NCAA TOURNEY: VEGAS' ODDS TO WIN
Kentucky 9-2   Pitt 18-1
Oklahoma State 9-2   Mississippi State 18-1
Duke 6-1   St. Joseph's 20-1
UConn 8-1   Georgia Tech 20-1
Stanford 9-1   North Carolina 25-1
Gonzaga 10-1   Wake Forest 25-1
DAY FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Tue, 7 pm Lehigh 7 Florida A&M 133
Thu, 12:20 Florida Manhattan NL
Thu, 12:25 Texas Tech 2 Charlotte 145
Thu, 12:40 Maryland UTEP 148½
Thu, 2:40 Alabama So. Illinois 134
Thu, 2:55 W. Forest 12½ VCU 149½
Thu, 2:55 St. Joseph's 23½ Liberty 136½
Thu, 3:10 Syracuse 2 BYU 135
Thu, 5:10 Stanford 25 UTSA 136
Thu, 7:10 Duke 34 Alabama St. 133
Thu, 7:10 UConn 20 Vermont 134
Thu, 7:20 Texas 11½ Princeton 119
Thu, 7:35 Michigan St. Nevada 139½
Thu, 9:40 DePaul Dayton 131½
Thu, 9:40 Arizona Seton Hall 154
Thu, 9:50 N. Carolina Air Force 130
Thu, 10:05 Gonzaga 18 Valpo 147
All Times ET -- Bold indicates home team
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