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Mad About March
March 24, 2008
Start Xeroxing those brackets, strike up the Siena fight song, tell the boss you're taking a long lunch: 65 teams and 65 reasons that prove this is the best basketball month of the year
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March 24, 2008

Mad About March

Start Xeroxing those brackets, strike up the Siena fight song, tell the boss you're taking a long lunch: 65 teams and 65 reasons that prove this is the best basketball month of the year

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11. The MEAC team's band. The best performance from the low-major conference's representative often comes at halftime.

12. The "live look-in" at a game that is tied with two minutes left.

13. The voice of CBS's Gus Johnson rising three octaves and 40 decibels as he narrates that frantic finish.

14. (Temple swingman Dionte) Christmas arriving nine months early.

15. The reaction of the bench scrubs when one of their own drills a three-pointer right in front of them.

16. The BCS = autocracy. March Madness = democracy.

17. The football-obsessed state of Tennessee has six teams in the Big Dance—the Vols and Lady Vols, Memphis, Vanderbilt, Austin Peay and Belmont.

18. The St. Joe's Hawk. The hardest-working mascot in sports tirelessly flaps its wings nonstop throughout the entire game—even during halftime.

19. Coast-to-coast, game-winning dashes by BYU's Danny Ainge against Notre Dame in '81, UCLA's Tyus Edney against Missouri in '95 and UConn's Jen Rizzoti against Tennessee, also in '95.

20. Charismatic mid-major coaches making names for themselves. George Mason's Jim Larranaga (above) and his speeches—about Superman and Kryptonite, and the "Connecticut Assassin's Association"—during the 2006 Final Four run. Tom Brennan's stand-up act with Vermont in '05. Jerry Wainwright with UNC-Wilmington in '02 and Richmond in '04.

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