Vote for the 2014 NCAA Tournament Round 3 Awards

Matt King@TheRealMattKingFeatured ColumnistMarch 24, 2014

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This has been one of the most exciting NCAA tournaments in recent memory—so many nail-biting games, big-time performances and stunning upsets.

Make your opinion heard by voting on the best game, biggest upset, funniest moment, best performance and best dunk of Round 3 below:

Freshest Dunk

Florida's Patric Young had one of the biggest dunks of Round 2 and shows off here with another thunderous alley-oop against Pittsburgh.

Landen Lucas was on the receiving end of another great alley-oop for Kansas in the losing effort against Stanford.

Wichita State's Cleanthony Early was spectacular against Kentucky, never more so than when he slammed home this and-one.

Willie Cauley-Stein had a massive dunk of his own for the Wildcats as he threw one down for the basket and the foul.

Just a couple of steps in from half court, Arizona's Nick Johnson tossed it up to Aaron Gordon, who slammed home the reverse alley-oop en route to a blowout of Gonzaga.

Biggest Upset

No. 11 Dayton over No. 3 Syracuse

Following up their big upset over in-state competitor Ohio State, Dayton kept its Cinderella story going with a shocking victory over a Syracuse team that many thought had Final Four potential at one point.

No. 7 UConn over No. 2 Villanova

The Huskies beat former Big East foe Villanova after an overtime victory against St. Joe's in the Round of 64. The Wildcats were thought to be the top No. 2 seed in the tournament, but Connecticut dispatched them with relative ease.

No. 10 Stanford over No. 2 Kansas

Although Kansas was missing Joel Embiid, nobody expected it to go down to Stanford. The Cardinal are a veteran group, however, and gave the Jayhawks all they could handle and more.

No. 8 Kentucky over No. 1 Wichita State

The first No. 1 seed to be knocked out, undefeated Wichita State put up an amazing fight, but the talent of the young Kentucky squad was too much.

Best Game

Iowa State 85 - UNC 83

Playing without Georges Niang, Iowa State went up against a very tough North Carolina team and came out on top. With the game tied and on the line, DeAndre Kane drove the lane and hit a layup in traffic with 1.6 seconds to go, putting the Cyclones ahead for good. UNC tried to call timeout but wasn't able to signal in time.

Kentucky 78 - Wichita State 76

This was one of the best games I can ever remember seeing in the Round of 32. It was two heavyweights battling it out: the undefeated Shockers against the team many thought might go undefeated coming into the season. After going back and forth all game, Wichita State had a good look at a game-winning three as time expired, but it did not go down.

Dayton 55 - Syracuse 53

Dayton led for most of the second half, but Syracuse kept it close the whole way and battled back at the end. Down six with 50 seconds to go, the Orange cut the deficit to one with 16 seconds left. Then, down two with four seconds on the clock, Tyler Ennis missed a three-pointer that would've won it.

Stanford 60 - Kansas 57

This was a tight contest for the duration. Stanford kept making big buckets and Kansas kept it close with a suffocating press late in the game. The Jayhawks made a furious comeback at the end thanks to a couple of clutch Conner Frankamp threes, but Frankamp's last attempt as time expired was wide and Stanford escaped with the victory.

Biggest Winner of Round 3

Xavier Thames - 30 points, 5 assists

The San Diego State senior had a big game to put his team through to the Sweet 16. He was 9-of-19 from the field and 4-of-9 from deep.

Branden Dawson - 26 points, 9 rebounds

In Michigan State's win over Harvard, Dawson was spectacular. He scored only two of his 26 points from the line, going 12-of-15 from the floor, just missing out on a double-double with nine boards.

Shabazz Napier - 25 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists

Napier almost single-handedly got his team past Villanova as he went 9-of-13 from the floor and had some huge buckets down the stretch.

Jarnell Stokes - 17 points, 18 rebounds

Tennessee's Stokes continues to have big games in the tournament offensively and on the boards. His 17 points were impressive, but his 18 rebounds just rubbed it in against a Mercer team that struggled to contain him.

DeAndre Kane - 24 points, 10 rebounds

Without Georges Niang in the lineup, somebody had to step up for Iowa State. That somebody was DeAndre Kane. Kane had 24 points, none bigger than the two he had with 1.6 seconds to go that gave ISU the lead for good.

Funniest Moment

When promoting Turner's fitness site, Upwave, one of the cameramen flexed his muscles after apparently losing a bunch of weight. We see you, jacked camera guy!

After the big upset over Syracuse, Dayton president Dan Curran celebrated with his students in the streets, even crowd-surfing over a bunch of them.

We all know the band can really get into the game, but Stanford's cowbell player seemed especially enthusiastic.

Going after a loose ball, Kentucky's Alex Poythress ran into the crowd and by one lady who didn't seem to want anything to do with the sophomore.

Baylor celebrates its entry into the Sweet 16 by rubbing Craig Sager's head and totally messing up his hair.


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