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Early Favorites For The NCAA Tournament Darling

The NCAA tournament is always good for producing surprising upsets, dramatic games, and supplying the nation with that one must see player. With the round of 32 nearly set it’s time to take a look at some of the early favorites for that guy that produces TV that is unmissable. While it’s still early to predict which of these guys will still be in the conversation next weekend their games in the first round were ones you should have witnessed:

Marshall Henderson

The time was about right for the world to be introduced to Marshall Henderson as he embarks on his quest to “get money”. As Kentucky fans we all knew about his antics and quotability but it seems that Henderson has elevated his game just in time for the Big Dance. Henderson continued his hot streak from the SEC tournament and helped lead the twelfth seeded Rebels over Wisconsin with a 19 point game. Ole Miss is going to live and die by Marshall’s hand as he only had 2 points after the first half and finished the game shooting 6-21. For now though all eyes are going to be focused on Henderson as he tries to will the Rebels on to the Sweet Sixteen.

The Entire Harvard Team

The Excellence of Execution. Not only is that a great way to describe Bret “The Hitman” Hart and his sharpshooter but it’s also apt to label the Harvard Crimson offense. Harvard’s tournament shelf life could be up tomorrow as they take on Arizona but you got to love the story of the Ivy League champs taking down the 3 seed from the perennially overrated Mountain West. Tommy Amaker has shown he can get it done at Harvard. Perhaps this off season he gets another shot in a BCS conference.

Dwayne Evans

It seems like yesterday that Ali Farokhmanesh was leading the unheralded Northern Iowa Panthers over the overall number one seed Kansas. Going into the tournament Kansas was the big  favorite to reach the title game until they ran into a mid-major team with heart and talent. Perhaps the same thing will happen with this years Louisville Cardinals but before St. Louis can shock the world they will first need to take down Oregon behind the play of Dwayne Evans. Yesterday Evans went for 24 and 6 against New Mexico State and 7’5 Sim Bhullar. The A10 is now 5-0, it’s time to say that conference is legit and look at St. Louis as a serious contender in the east.

Vander Blue

A great name deserves a great game and for all the people in Lexington that’s exactly what they got. Davidson led by 6 with just over a minute to go but that didn’t stop Marquette from making a furious rally to stun the Wildcats. Marquette will now take on former and potential NCAA darling Butler for  a trip to the sweet sixteen. Both teams have that never say die attitude that will make this match up a must watch.


So which team/player is your favorite to make a run this March and become the darling of the college basketball watching masses. With the Cats at home these four teams provided the spark I needed to get interested in the tournament. Especially with teams like Florida Gulf Coast who show there’s no reason to play with fear. With Oklahoma/SDSU up next maybe we will see the first 15 seed in the sweet sixteen! Which teams are you watching?

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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28 Comments for Early Favorites For The NCAA Tournament Darling

  1. Maxbps8
    9:35 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    That’s hilarious. Watch the two guys left and right of Henderson. To the left, the guy sitting down w/ the crazy hair and beard. And to the right, the black guy in the white shirt.

  2. Larry Linebeard
    9:36 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    What’s a Andrew Cassady?

  3. dribblebucket
    9:39 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Can’t help it. I like Henderson.

  4. Dude
    9:42 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    That gif is amazing. Look at how angry all those d-bag Auburn fans are.

  5. TangledupnBigBlue
    9:44 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    NCAA Tourney Darling has got to be FGCU

  6. carl spackler
    9:44 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Henderson is great! He should transfer here and give the Caits some heart and FIRE!

  7. RealCatsFan
    9:46 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Just like last year when we had the ‘Bama fan with “The Face”, that was the GIF of the year for this season. There is just so much awesomeness going on in this – from the old dude in the front yelling “get off my lawn”, to the dude in the white hat coming down to kick MH’s ass, to the chick in the pajamas gasping in horror at the unidentified flying fathead, I could just watch this thing all day.

  8. Dee W
    9:46 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    “To the left, the guy sitting down w/ the crazy hair and beard. And to the right, the black guy in the white shirt.”

    #1 – thank you for pointing that out. LOL!

  9. RealCatsFan
    9:50 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Is that Jerry Garcia on the left?

    I think my favorite has always been the real old guy sitting down on the far right – looks like he’s knitting or something. I don’t think he even realizes anything is going on!

  10. trish
    9:57 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Sherwood Brown!

  11. Plylesky
    9:58 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    What is the older ten guy telling Henderson
    anyone read lips?…lol

  12. L1C4
    10:02 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    How about Jared Polson for NCAA tournament darling? He kept Kentucky in the…oh wait. Nevermind.

  13. Buckeye Fan
    10:03 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    What time does UK play tonight?

  14. snarkster
    10:08 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Harvard’s band looks like a buncha ‘Big Bang Theory’ extras. 😀

  15. RealCatsFan
    10:10 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    11, looks like whatever he said it had the word “jackass” in it! 🙂

    Looks like the trolls from schools that we sent packing in the past are out in force tonight. 13, still butthurt from that dodgeball that Jorts played on your boy two years ago? 12 – one thing to say to you, my friend – 1986.

  16. Dave
    10:17 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Personally, I would never want Gerald Henderson on UK’s team. I want a team with players that at least seem like decent people. He acts like a b-hole. Draws attention to himself. Shoots way too much (which would not go well on a team with multiple good players). Oh and one other thing: he tested positive for cocaine.

  17. Plylesky
    10:22 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Ahhh yea 15…lol…they(13) come here cas they don’t have blog sites I guess, and get lonely…and 16 who is Gerald?

  18. Cardinals
    10:30 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    We come here because you are too f#€king dumb to create a registration page. Even Div2 schools have them on their sites. Maybe Kentucky’s education level is EXACTLY what the world thinks it is.

  19. Heisenberg
    10:35 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Why the hell would KSR want to create a registration page??!!

  20. Plylesky
    10:54 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    as always the Red thugs come out…lol…your latest tattoo go bad

  21. Rae
    11:06 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    18. Matt makes money off you all. Why would he force registration?

  22. mashburnfan1
    11:25 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    FGCU will be national darlin for the way they attacked and dominated. Plus they had unreal athletic plays most don’t think of smaller schools being capable of. That pg Comer was a 4 yr teammate of Austin Rivers at Winter Park HS and is tough as nails.
    My pick will be Minnesota and team Tubby. Love the guy, great person and great coach. Plus he will beat the hated Bruins and Gators to get to sweet 16. Go Gophers

  23. Plylesky
    11:29 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Read where Tubby needs win at least 2 to keep his job…other wise its “Plug the Plug on the Tub”, Gopher style

  24. DT in DC
    8:12 am March 23, 2013 Permalink

    I still think Henderson is a doucher.

  25. Mattcat68
    12:04 pm March 23, 2013 Permalink

    Auburn Fans are some of the nastiest in the SEC. Can’t count how many UK teams they’ve cursed and harassed. It’s hilarious to see someone harass them back.

  26. Readn Lips
    1:41 pm March 23, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve watched this Henderson vid a million times & always see something new & funny each time I see it…but I’m with #11 I want to know what the old dude said. Want another laugh, check out the other old guy on the bench. He looks old enough to be the dude that stood up’s dad and I’m not sure he knows he’s even at a game LOL

  27. Readn Lips
    1:43 pm March 23, 2013 Permalink

    Nevermind…it’s “what a jack ass”…watch the Fox Sports South logo and see this sign come flying down & check everyone reaction

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