D-Shirted Chris Douglas-Roberts, 6-7 guard, Jr., Memphis Classification: Sleeve removal Spotted: March 23 vs. Mississippi State Notes: CDR's trademark was a baggy tee -- until he switched to a smaller one midway through '08, and then ditched it altogether in time for the NCAA tournament, claiming not to be the least bit superstitious.
NCAA Flair Every tournament team Classification: Blue jersey patch Spotted: Omaha, Little Rock, Raleigh ... Notes: The NCAA mandated that all teams in the tournament wear the same jersey badge on their left shoulder, and for UCLA, at least, it matches. For a team like Michigan State or Wazzu, not so much.
Three Shades of Pearl Bruce Pearl, coach, Tennessee Classification: Sartorial diversity Spotted: Over the course of '06-08 Notes: First the orange blazer (right), then the shirtless stunt for a Lady Vols game (left), then this spacesuit/warmup for a recent speech. Pearl has the market cornered on coaching outlandishness.
Perma-tears Tyler Smith, 6-7 forward, Soph., Tennessee Classification: Facial tattoo Spotted: Entire '07-08 season Notes: Smith had these tears tattooed in memory of his late father, Billy, who passed away from lung cancer in September. Billy's illness was the reason Smith left Iowa in '07 and transferred closer to home.
Hair-on-Gody Luke Harangody, 6-8 forward, Soph., Notre Dame Classification: Various-sized buzz-cuts Spotted: March 2 vs. Depaul; March 20 vs. Winthrop Notes: 'Gody's iconic 'do, which was passed down from his father, Dave, is characterized by the fact that it sticks straight out of his head in all directions. The family simply refers to it as "Harangody Hair."
• Tourney Blog Pool Update:A few more leaders have been checking in via our Facebook profile, including University of Texas freshman Dustin Replogle, who sits third out of 5,490 ... and not surprisingly, has the 'Horns winning it all. Also on the first page of the leaderboard, our top Memphis bracket belongs to Kellen Freeman of Ivy Tech (in Indiana) and our top two Carolina brackets belong to Haley Carney of IUPUI and John Cramer of the U.S. Federal Courts network. Congrats to all.
• The tourney playlist, curated by the folks at Gorilla vs. Bear, rolls on with two new mp3s for your iPod: Day 15's track is Cold Son Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, whom I'm hoping to see in New York before heading to the Final Four ... and Day 16's track is Caribou's Melody Day.