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NCAA Tournament Elite Eight Award Results

Matt KingFeatured ColumnistMarch 31, 2014

NCAA Tournament Elite Eight Award Results

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    Frank Franklin II

    Well that was a ridiculously entertaining Elite Eight.

    There were some unexpected teams crashing the party as well as a few that expected to be there all along, but the end result was plenty of great NCAA action.

    We asked you to vote on the best dunk, play, game, performance and disappointment of the Elite Eight, and the results are in.

    Like in the actual games, Kentucky came up big. Click ahead to see who the big winners were.

Freshest Dunk: Kentucky's Marcus Lee

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    Marcus Lee has to be the biggest surprise of the tournament. The guy who scored nine points in all of Kentucky's SEC games this season came up huge in Willie Cauley-Stein's absence, with 10 points and eight rebounds.

    Eight of his points came off put-back dunks, and this was his biggest, coming off a missed Aaron Harrison three.

Best Play: Aaron Harrison's Game-Winning 3

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    It took a ton of guts to take this shot.

    Aaron Harrison started the game cold but had just knocked down three straight threes over the last four minutes. Apparently Calipari told Harrison to take a three, but still I think he imagined that Harrison would have a cleaner look than that.

    With a hand in his face and fading away, Aaron Harrison hit the biggest shot of his life to send Kentucky to the Final Four.

Best Game: Kentucky 75, Michigan 72

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    Kentucky seems to be a magnet for amazing games this tournament. Both the Wichita State and Louisville games where classic, but it was the Wildcats' game against Michigan that had the best ending.

    But before Aaron Harrison's game-winning three, this game was a back-and-forth battle where it looked like either team could run away with it. Kentucky faced a 10-point deficit in the first half and led by nine in the second half. Still, it all came down to the last 10 seconds when the game was tied with Kentucky having possession.

    Nik Stauskas was able to get up a prayer after Harrison's shot, but it wasn't close. 

Biggest Winner: Frank Kaminsky with 28 Points and 10 Rebounds

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    Frank Kaminsky picked a great time for his first career double-double.

    Wisconsin's best player and Big Ten first-teamer came through for the Badgers time after time, especially in OT.

    Kaminsky made 11 of his 20 field goals, doing most of his scoring damage from the floor. But probably the biggest stat was his seven offensive rebounds that gave Wisconsin plenty of second-chance points that they desperately needed.

Most Disappointing Performance: MSU's Keith Appling with 2 Points

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    It's hard to totally fault Keith Appling, as he wasn't 100 percent healthy in the tournament, but his performance in March Madness was unusually forgettable.

    Although he averaged over 11 points per game during the season, Appling managed just two points in the loss to UConn and 10 total points in the four games in March.

    On top of that, Appling was the one to foul Shabazz Napier on his three-point attempt that helped seal the Spartan's fate.

    It was tough way for the senior to go out after such a great career at Michigan State.

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