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Sweet 16 Award Results

Matt KingFeatured ColumnistMarch 29, 2014

Sweet 16 Award Results

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    John Bazemore

    The Sweet 16 has come and gone, but that doesn't mean we can't relive the sweetness.

    You voted on the freshest dunk, best play, biggest winner, best game and greatest upset, and the winners have been decided.

    Check out the best of the best ahead.

Freshest Dunk: Aaron Gordon vs. SDSU

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    There are not a lot of players in the college game who would be able to reel in an alley-oop like that, all with one hand. But then again, Aaron Gordon is not most college players.

    This jam transpired as Arizona was coming on strong and starting to take control of the game. It probably helped swing the momentum a little bit.

Best Non-Dunk: Nik Stauskas Passes to Himself off the Backboard

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    Nik Stauskas found himself in a slight jam and got out of it with a little ingenuity and trickiness. He lost his dribble but threw a pass to himself off the backboard, caught it and passed it to a teammate for the open three-point attempt, all in midair.

    Do not underestimate Stauskas' basketball IQ.

Best Game: Kentucky 74, Louisville 69

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    Kentucky is must-watch basketball right now. Last round, the Wildcats had a knockdown, drag-out fight with Wichita State, and in the Sweet 16, they clawed their way back in the final minutes after trailing almost the entire game.

    Alex Poythress had a massive offensive rebound and putback to tie the game up, then Aaron Harrison put the 'Cats ahead for good with a clutch three. Kentucky was able to hold on and survive, as a Russ Smith three in the closing seconds was off the mark.

Biggest Winner of the Sweet 16: DeAndre Daniels

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    Shabazz Napier is usually the star for UConn, but every once in a while, DeAndre Daniels gets his chance to shine. The game against Iowa State was one of those times.

    Daniels was a beast against the Cyclones, going for 27 points and also adding 10 boards. It was easily the best performance in a winning effort of the Sweet 16.

Biggest Upset: No. 8 Kentucky over No. 4 Louisville

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    David J. Phillip

    Although the Wildcats beat the Cards earlier in the year, those were two different teams, and not many people were picking Kentucky again.

    Louisville had Luke Hancock healthy again and, to make Kentucky's win even more improbable, the Wildcats lost Willie Cauley-Stein to injury at the beginning of the game.

    But the up-and-down freshman squad came together when it mattered the most and pulled off a huge upset over a team that many picked to reach the Final Four or even win it all.

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