Most Dazzling Images of the 2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament

Sean Bielawski@@SeanBielawskiContributor IIIApril 9, 2013

Most Dazzling Images of the 2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament

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    The 2013 NCAA basketball tournament had it all.

    There was joy and sorrow, triumph and heartbreak. There were dramatic moments that brought us to the edge of our seats, and there were moments that made our hearts sink.

    The nation was introduced to new stars while familiar faces on the sidelines and on the court added to their legacies.

    Here are the most dazzling images of the 2013 NCAA basketball tournament.

The Road to the Final Four Begins in Dayton

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    Once again, the road to the Final Four began in Dayton, Ohio, with First Four games.

    As always, Dayton provided a great atmosphere, and for the second time in three years, a team that played in the opening round, La Salle, made it to the Sweet 16.

Liberty Suffers First Heartbreak of March Madness

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    Liberty guard John Caleb Sanders saw his left-handed layup miss the mark as time expired and North Carolina A&T picked up its first NCAA tournament victory, 73-72.

    After winning the MEAC tournament and the opening-round game, the Aggies broke a streak of 15 consecutive losing seasons.

Saint Mary's Upset Bid off the Mark

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    Saint Mary's was down five points against Memphis with less than five seconds to go. Then, after a banked-in three and the Tigers fumbling the inbounds pass, the Gaels had a shot to tie or win.

    However, point guard Matthew Dellavedova's three from the right wing was off the mark as time expired, and Memphis escaped with a 54-52 triumph.

Blue's Heroics Give Marquette a Win over Davidson

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    Davidson entered the NCAA tournament on a 17-game winning streak, and the Wildcats were leading Marquette, 49-40, with 5:30 to play.

    The Golden Eagles stormed back and won as Vander Blue put in a left-handed layup with just a few seconds left.

Harvard Stuns New Mexico

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    Harvard picked up its first NCAA tournament victory, defeating third-seeded New Mexico, 68-62. 

    The Crimson made 8-of-18 from beyond the arc and shot 52.4 percent overall in a victory that did not feel like an upset.

Pacific Coach Bob Thomason's Career Comes to an End

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    Bob Thomason spent the last 25 years as the head coach at Pacific, but he announced before the season he would retire.

    The Tigers lost to Miami, 78-49, and Thomason's coaching career came to a close.

Kansas State Falls in Kansas City

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    Kansas State lost to La Salle, 63-61, in the round of 64 in Kansas City. 

    The Wildcats trailed by 18 points at halftime, but they came up short when Angel Rodriguez's game-tying shot as time expired missed everything.

Dunk City Is Established

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    Florida Gulf Coast exploded on the scene as it used a 21-2 second-half run to blow by No. 2-seed Georgetown, 78-68.

    The Eagles captivated the country with their uptempo style and high-flying attack and became the first No. 15 seed to advance to the Sweet 16.

The College Basketball World Is Introduced to Amanda Marcum

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    Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield gained as much attention for his team's play as he did for his wife, former model Amanda Marcum.

    As the Eagles advanced further in the tournament, Marcum understandably received much attention and airtime.

UCLA Didn't Have Much to Cheer About in March Madness

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    UCLA's stay was brief in the NCAA tournament, losing to Minnesota, 83-63.

    As a result, Bruins coach Ben Howland was fired after 10 seasons on the job in Westwood. 

Michigan Rolls Past VCU

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    Michigan first looked like it would be a real player for the national title when it steamrolled VCU, 78-53, in the round of 32.

    The Wolverines shot 51.7 percent against Shaka Smart's "havoc" defense and easily moved to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1994.

Harvard's Siyani Chambers Chips Tooth Against Arizona

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    Harvard was dominated by Arizona, losing 74-51 in the round of 32.

    Crimson freshman Siyani Chambers lost more than just the game as he chipped a tooth after taking an accidental elbow from Arizona's Kevin Parrom.

Atlantic 10 Falls Back to Earth

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    The Atlantic 10 began the NCAA tournament 6-0 and advanced all five of its teams to the round of 32. 

    However, VCU, Saint Louis, Temple and Butler all failed to make it to the Sweet 16.

Wichita State Topples Gonzaga

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    Wichita State rained threes on Gonzaga in the closing minutes and upset the top-seeded Bulldogs, 76-70.

    Gregg Marshall advanced to the second weekend of the NCAA tournament for the first time in his ninth appearance.

Aaron Craft Sinks Iowa State

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    Ohio State point guard Aaron Craft drained a three with less than a second left as the Buckeyes escaped an upset bid from Iowa State, 78-75.

    Craft waved off leading scorer Deshaun Thomas and calmly pulled up off the dribble at the top of the key, sending Ohio State to the Sweet 16.

Oladipo Hits Late Three to Advance Indiana

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    Victor Oladipo hit a three with 14 seconds left to put Indiana ahead 56-52, ultimately allowing Indiana to survive a scare from Temple.

    The Hoosiers took Temple's best shot as Khalif Wyatt was the best player on the floor with 31 points. However, with the help of Oladipo, Indiana advanced to its second straight Sweet 16.

North Carolina Blown out by Kansas in the Second Half

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    North Carolina led Kansas, 30-21, at halftime. The Jayhawks then came storming back in the second half, outscoring the Tar Heels 49-28.

    Roy Williams lost to Bill Self and his former school for the third time in the NCAA tournament and second straight year.

The Southwest Philly Floater Eliminates Ole Miss

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    Tyrone Garland banked in a layup with just seconds left as La Salle beat Ole Miss, 76-74, to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1955.

    When Craig Sager asked Garland after the game what he called his game-winning shot, Garland responded, "The Southwest Philly floater."

Illinois Comes Up Short Against Miami

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    Illinois gave Miami all it could handle, but the Hurricanes got a late three from Shane Larkin that gave them the lead for good.

    Miami won, 63-59, and advanced to the second Sweet 16 in program history. Illinois finished the year 23-13 in the first season under John Groce.

Ohio State Gets More Late-Game Heroics

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    For the second consecutive contest, Ohio State advanced on a three that broke a late-game tie. This time, it was LaQuinton Ross, who hit the big shot as the Buckeyes beat Arizona, 73-70.

    Once again, the ball started in Craft's hands, but when the Wildcats double-teamed Craft, he kicked it to Ross for the big shot.

Indiana's Seasons Comes to an End Against Syracuse

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    Indiana entered the NCAA tournament as one of the favorites to cut down the nets in Atlanta, but its season came to a crashing end in the Sweet 16, losing 61-50 to Syracuse.

    Hoosiers freshman point guard Yogi Ferrell failed to score in 23 minutes, and he turned the ball over four times against the bigger Syracuse backcourt.

Oregon Eliminated by Louisville

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    Oregon lost to Louisville, 77-69, in the Sweet 16, becoming the final team in the Pac-12 to be eliminated. The Ducks were underseeded at No. 12, but they still advanced to the second weekend of the tournament.

    It was an admirable performance for the Pac-12 in March Madness. It was one of four conferences to send multiple teams to the Sweet 16. 

Trey Burke's Three Caps Miraculous Comeback Against Kansas

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    Michigan point guard Trey Burke hit the shot of the tournament, making a deep three off the dribble with seconds remaining in regulation to tie the score at 76 and force overtime.

    The shot capped a comeback that saw the Wolverines erase a 14-point deficit against top-seeded Kansas with just under seven minutes left.

Legendary Coaches Meet in Sweet 16

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    Mike Krzyzewski's Duke Blue Devils faced Tom Izzo's Michigan State Spartans in the Sweet 16 of the Midwest Region. Duke came out on top, 71-61. 

    The two coaches have combined for 17 Final Four appearances and five national titles. 

Dunk City Reaches the Sweet 16

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    Florida Gulf Coast made it to the Sweet 16 but was overwhelmed by Florida, 62-50.

    Still, the Eagles went on a run that no one will forget anytime soon. The run also allowed Enfield to move from one coast to the other, taking the head coaching job at USC.

President Barack Obama Takes in Tourney Action

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    With the East region being played in Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama decided to take in some of the March Madness action.

    He watched Syracuse defeat Marquette to advance to the Final Four. Unfortunately for President Obama, he picked Indiana to win it all.

Cinderella Reaches the Final Four

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    Wichita State and Marshall defeated Ohio State, 70-66, to reach the Final Four.

    The Shockers became just the fifth team seeded ninth or lower to make it to the national semifinals.

Michigan Easily Dispatches Florida to Make the Final Four

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    Michigan opened its Elite Eight game against Florida on a 13-0 run, and the Wolverines cruised to a 79-59 win.

    With the victory, Michigan advanced to its first Final Four since 1993 when the Fab Five lost in the national title game to North Carolina.

Louisville Guard Kevin Ware Breaks His Leg Against Duke

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    Louisville guard Kevin Ware went down with a gruesome broken leg that immediately sent his teammates crumpling to the floor.

    Luke Hancock calmly went over to Ware, kneeled over him and said a prayer.

Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir Sings Anthem for Final Four

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    The Ebenezer Baptist Church choir delivered a rousing rendition of the national anthem to kick off the Final Four in Atlanta.

    The choir was arranged on the court to form the number 75, signifying the 75th year of the NCAA tournament.

The Final Four Tips off in Atlanta

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    Wichita State and Louisville kicked off the action on Final Four Saturday.

    Atlanta played host to the Final Four for the first time since 2007.

Louisville Fans Show Support for Kevin Ware

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    Louisville fans descended upon Atlanta for the Final Four.

    When they arrived, they showed an outpouring of support for Ware, who broke his leg in the Elite Eight win over Duke.

Michigan's Mitch McGary, the Breakout Star of the NCAA Tournament

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    Mitch McGary was a highly touted recruit, but it took him a little while to get acclimated to college basketball.

    Luckily for Michigan, the light went on for McGary at the right time. He provided the Wolverines with toughness down low and a much-needed scoring threat in the post.

The Anthem Before the Title Game

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    The Georgia Dome readied for the national title game as Travis Tritt sang the national anthem as a giant American flag covered the court.

Michigan's Spike Albrecht Goes off in the First Half Against Louisville

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    With Burke in early foul trouble, Spike Albrecht came off the bench to score 17 points for Michigan in the first half of the national title game. He was 6-of-7 from the floor and made all four of his three-point attempts.

    Prior to that half, Albrecht had never reached double figures in a game, let alone a half. His previous season-high was seven points, which occurred twice this year.

Louisville Storms Back Against Michigan

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    Louisville trailed by 12 points midway through the opening period, but the Cardinals came storming back to close the first half.

    The Cardinals went on a 16-3 run that ended on this Montrezl Harrell dunk courtesy of Peyton Siva. 

The Block That Was Called a Foul

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    How often do we get to see two 6'0" point guards meet at the rim? That's what happened in the national title game when Burke seemed to get a clean block on Siva.

    The officials thought otherwise and called a foul on Burke, putting Siva on the line with a three-point lead late in the game.

Rick Pitino Makes History

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    Rick Pitino became the first coach to win a Division I national title at two different schools.

    The win over Michigan capped a good week as Pitino was named as a member of the 2013 class for the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.

Kevin Ware Cuts Down the Nets

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    Louisville's Ware was able to cut down the nets after the Cardinals won the national title.

    His injury provided inspiration for Louisville's comeback victories over Wichita State and Michigan.

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