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You ain't seen nothin' 'til you've seen March Madness in Vegas. Page 2 turned Alysse Minkoff loose on Sin City with a $750,000 line of funny-money credit at Caesars, and told her to do us proud. Our one word of advice: Don't, under any circumstances, do anything silly like bet the family nest egg on UAB to beat Kentucky. Oh my!
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Brian Murphy was at spring training in Arizona for Dream Trip 10 when he encountered a run at the impossible: the infamous "999." Yes, a Cubs fan dared to drink nine beers and down nine hot dogs in nine innings. Murph's Weekend Water Cooler returns!

Wacky Sweet 16 What the Heck . . . ?
We've moved to the Round of 16 in the Wacky Bracket, which means we've got some big . . . ummm, questions on our mind in the matchup between Janet Jackson and Jessica Simpson. Vote for your favorites.
Page 2 tried to make sense of the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, and failed. We dug into the minds of Tubby Smith, Billy Donovan and others, and came up empty. So what the heck were they thinking? You tell us.

THE DAILY QUICKIE
After Carmelo Anthony's little pout from the bench last weekend, the Daily Quickie suggests 'Melo would be wise to steer the Nuggets into the playoffs. Plus, a second-chance Madness pool, and the Cubs' Prior-ities.


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 FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
March 25 St. Joseph's 2.5 Wake Forest 156.5
March 25 Oklahoma St. 2 Pittsburgh 127.5
March 25 Syracuse 1.5 Alabama 134.5
March 25 Connecticut 8.5 Vanderbilt 140
March 26 Duke 7 Illinois 145.5
March 26 Texas 2.5 Xavier 142
March 26 Georgia Tech 4 Nevada 149.5
March 26 Kansas 4 UAB 154.5


 
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Why do we like upsets so much in our NCAA Tournament? Jeff Merron ponders the beauty of chaos when things like UAB beating Kentucky occur.

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    As nasty as Todd Bertuzzi's attack on Steve Moore was, the Sports Guy couldn't stop watching it. Could you?

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    We couldn't resist this one, not when every person we talked to Saturday said the same thing: Eastern Michigan coach Suzy Merchant (left) looks a heck of a lot like actor Sissy Spacek (right). Browse our archives of past pairings or click here to submit a future duo for Page 2.


    Women's Hoops: NCAA Tournament
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    Deciding the Sweet 16.
     
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