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THE BRACKETS
TIM LAYDEN
March 23, 2009
Hide the children. In the third slugfest of the season between the Big East rivals, the Panthers again grind UConn into submission, winning their first national championship
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March 23, 2009

The Brackets

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MEMPHIS
Matadors wave red cape as energetic Tigers blow past

LOUISVILLE
Nightmare matchup for deserving No. 9 seed Saints—a bigger, faster version of themselves

WAKE FOREST
No worries for quicker Demon Deacons as 7'2" Utes center Nevill gets sunburned in Miami

KANSAS
Huggins's Mountaineers can't quite keep up with Collins outside and aren't big enough to contain Aldrich inside

BOSTON COLLEGE
With classic BC backcourt play, fearless point guard Rice orchestrates upset for young Eagles

CONNECTICUT
BYU scorers Cummard, Fredette keep it close, but Huskies have found their post-Dyson stride

PURDUE
Boilers shut down UW and flashy freshman guard Thomas with steady, Keady-esque defense

MISSOURI
It's 40 Minutes of Hell for overmatched Aggies in face of Mizzou's ferocious full-court pressure defense

MEMPHIS
Emotion takes Terps only so far before Calipari's oversized backcourt slams the door

WAKE FOREST
Cardinals faithful caravan across the Ohio River, turning Indy redder. But Wake and productive point guard Teague like the fast pace and pull off the upset

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