"How's your bracket doing?"
It's not typically a question you hear in July, is it? But with the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League kicking off its tournament portion on Wednesday, a little dose of that familiar collegiate madness made its way to the pros.
There were buzzer-beating stunners, heartbreaking second-half collapses and even a plucky underdog knocking off a more talented squad (sort of). Basically, every ingredient that makes the NCAA tournament one of the most exciting spectacles in sports suddenly showed up in Vegas.
Teams seeded between ninth and 24th did battle Wednesday, and eight winners will advance to face the top eight seeds (that enjoyed byes) on Thursday. There's a consolation bracket for the teams that fell short in the first round, which removes the single-elimination sting of harsher tournament formats.
But assurances of at least one more game, regardless of outcome, did little to stifle the intensity. These guys were engaged, competitively focused and clearly drawing on the adrenaline rush that accompanies any tournament.
Well, at least that was true of the guys who didn't skip out on their teams to attend the ESPYs.
Here's what you need to know from a bracket-busting Day 6 of the Las Vegas Summer League.