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The 2013 NCAA Tournament Awards

In just over a week, college basketball will crown a new champion. The 12 month reign for Kentucky basketball as the current national champion will finally come to a close. Two tickets have already been punched for the Final 4, with 2 more on the line today. This year’s NCAA tournament has been one for the ages. The quality of basketball has been questioned by many, but the excitement and entertainment value of the tournament has once again stood the test of time. As Jay Bilas once described it, the tournament set-up is such that it’s unable to fail. With the interest that is invested due to brackets, the longing for the underdog to knock off the powerhouses, etc… March Madness never fails to disappoint. Now that we are in the final stretch of the 2013 NCAA season and tournament, let’s hand out a few awards to deserving recipients…

Best Kiss: Tom Crean and his son

No one will ever be able to convince me that this wasn’t one of the strangest scenes in college basketball. Unfortunately for Crean, the kissing wasn’t over. Syracuse’s zone gave Tom Crean an open mouth kiss goodbye and sent him on his way.


Best Villain: Marshall Henderson

Remember this guy? Henderson’s outrageous antics and sound bites captivated the country for approximately 48 hours. The Marshall Henderson hangover has worn off, at least for the rest of us…


Newcomer of the Year:  Florida Gulf Coast

Cinderella stories are nothing new to March Madness. Florida Gulf Coast’s story was slightly different though. FGCU redefined what a Cinderella team could be. FGCU not only took out the competitors in its way, but the Eagles manhandled the competition, and they did it in the most entertaining of ways. The Eagles played loose. They laughed. They danced. They leapt out of the building. No team was more fun to watch this March than the FGCU Eagles.


Best Actor/Player in a Leading Role:  Vander Blue (Marquette), Trey Burke (Michigan), Russ Smith (Louisville), Seth Curry (Duke)

(h/t Card Chronicle)

– Through 3 tournament games, Russ Smith of Louisville is averaging 27 points and 4 steals per game. Vander Blue was the hero for Marquette, especially in the first weekend. Blue became a household name with his impressive will to win in the final minutes for the Golden Eagles. Trey Burke gave even more reason to believe in him as this year’s Player of the Year in college basketball. Burke hit an improbable game-tying shot to send Michigan to overtime against Kansas. Burke put his team on his back as Michigan mounted and completed a big-time comeback in the Sweet 16. Seth Curry saved perhaps his best game for the moment when his team needed it the most. Curry poured in 29 points in Duke’s win over Michigan State in the Sweet 16. Curry was lethal from beyond the arc, propelling Duke to an Elite 8 showdown with top-seeded Louisville tonight.


Best Actor/Actress in a Supporting Role:  Andy Enfield’s wife

Yeah, you get it.


Best Costume Bracket Design:  The Wild, Wild West

Nothing has been more absurd than the West region in this year’s NCAA tournament. You kind of had a notion that things could be a little unpredictable when the brackets were released, but no one could have foreseen the turns this region took… Just look at the trail of tears (Round of 32= 1, 9, 12, 13, 6, 14, 10, and 2 seed)


Best Comedy:  Gonzaga convincing people they were a legitimate contender

To this day, I will never understand how Gonzaga convinced the tournament selection committee, the poll voters, etc. that they were 1 of the top 4 teams in the country. I know they won a lot of games while a lot of other teams were losing games. For some reason, the Zags made believers of wayyyyy too many people. Anyone who had Gonzaga getting past the Sweet 16, I have to question your judgment.


Best Director:  Jim Boeheim, Syracuse

Jim Boeheim has proven to be one of the top coaches in the game for decades now. Boeheim has his team back in the Final 4, but his ability to master the zone and completely baffle the other team (even a team in Marquette who has SEEN that exact zone plenty of times) is incredible. Boeheim has his team firing on all cylinders, especially defensively, at the perfect time of year. After an embarrassing display against Louisville in the Big East finals, Syracuse could have wilted. Instead, the Orange might just be the hottest team in the country right now.


Best Original Score:  Take your pick of your favorite Florida Gulf Coast dunks…I like this one, personally…

Best Picture: 

This picture actually has nothing to do with March Madness, but I stumbled across it during the NCAA tournament– so that has to count for something. This is the picture I will be sending out as a “Save the Date” whenever I get engaged. Not kidding.


Best Original Story:  Wichita State marching to the Final Four

The #9 seeded Wichita State Shockers had to wait patiently for Florida Gulf Coast’s stronghold on the Cinderella story to end. Now the attention of the college basketball world has shifted to the Shockers. Wichita State has slayed a few giants on the way to the Final 4 behind strong defense, physical play and confident coaching. The Shockers have not only provided an interesting twist to this year’s Final 4, but they have also made the Internet world a very punny place. (I have seen at least 100 variations with the Wichita State run being “shocking”)


Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

9 Comments for The 2013 NCAA Tournament Awards

  1. beeeyah
    2:08 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    Actually the West bracket for the sweet 16 was a 9, 13, 6 and 2 seed.

  2. schwing
    2:24 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    lesson for today – that dude’s wife is incredibly average when not all airbrushed. standard b cup and stretched out from three kids. I’d get tired of hosing it down in about three weeks.

  3. BlueKolonel
    2:27 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    ^this guy.

  4. jwill
    2:43 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    alot of empty seats for a final four game.

  5. Big Ten
    3:00 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    Now, I see why UK beat Fla. at Rupp.
    Michigan (middle of the pack in Big 10) is just beating the crap out of the Gators…41-17 !!!!

  6. John Ellis
    3:28 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s not diminish the Florida win, some days the matchups aren’t right and you just suck. Michigan almost won the Big Ten title. At least I don’t throw up if Michigan or Wichita State wins the title. Syracuse should be enjoying the death penalty and Boeheim fired, and Duke or Lullville would be distasteful.

  7. rixter
    4:57 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    If you’re an NBA GM, do you take Russ Smith or Archie Goodwin? Tough call, I know…..

  8. rixter
    4:59 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    Whomever wins the Louisville – Duke game should be given the NC trophy right after the game, and just save a lot of money staging the rest of the games.

    The weakest Final in years, and that includes the VCU / Butler year.

  9. Catfan
    8:39 pm March 31, 2013 Permalink

    Best picture: Mark Schlereth has some splaining to do