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GUS: THREE CHEERS!
CBS's pumped play-by-play man Gus Johnson elevated the Kansas State--Xavier thriller with the tournament's most brilliantly bonkers call. Says Johnson, whose best bits are found on gusjohnsongetsbuckets.com, "Some of those treys, man ... you can feel the excitement coming out your pores."
Against Denver on Sunday, Orlando had what coach Stan Van Gundy called "one of our best wins," its 13th in 15 games, despite losing Vince Carter to injury. The unlikely hero: J.J. Redick (right), whose 23 points came on the day his alma mater, Duke, returned to the Final Four.
Stephon Marbury, now of the Chinese Basketball Association's Shanxi Dragons, made a spectacle out of what the Xinhua News Agency described as "quite a dull" All-Star game, earning MVP honors for his 30 points, no-look passes, alley-oops and "mid-court" threes.
THE BIG EASY
And your Arnold Palmer Invitational winner is ... Ernie Els? Two weeks before Augusta the 40-year-old is suddenly attention-worthy again. Els has won twice in three weeks and is the first to double up on the Florida swing since some guy named Tiger did it in '01.