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Doctor's orders: Page 2's Bill Simmons was to spend the Tournament's first two rounds flat on his back, remote in hand. Then he saw Bob Huggins and Mark Few coach their teams to losses. He saw missed buzzer-beater after missed buzzer-beater. He saw the Tar Heels lose. And the Sports Guy had to stand up and holler. Ouch!
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Page 2's Hunter S. Thompson was prepared for his beloved Kentucky Wildcats and Tubby Smith to lose, but they were supposed to lose to Duke in the Final Four -- not to UAB in the second round. So how is the Good Doctor coping? Here's a hint: It involves ceremonial suicide.

All-Hair Team Wacky Bracket
From the 'fro sported by Stanford's Josh Childress to the freak flag flown by Utah's Tim Frost, Page 2's NCAA Tournament All-Hair Team is a barber's nightmare. What would happen if these guys get drafted by the Clippers?
As the Round of 16 continues in Page 2's Wacky Bracket, the lovely and oh-so-talented Britney Spears takes on that noted professorial taskmaster Jim Harrick, Jr. Think Britney would pass his test? Vote now!

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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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