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Which team provided the biggest underdog moment in NCAA history? 2013 Florida Gulf Coast? 1983 NC State? 1996 Princeton?

Degree Men deodorant launched “,” a series of brackets that place history’s favorite March Madness underdog victories against each other, and gives fans the chance to vote for the greatestof all time. Fans can visit and vote for their favorite NCAA March Madness “underdog moments,” and then register for the chance to win a trip to the 2015 NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis.

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Andrew Wiggins vs Jabari Parker: Round One

Scores Report Interviews Wisconsin Badger Point Guard Traevon Jackson

Even though he just recently finished his sophomore season at the Wisconsin, Traevon Jackson comes across just like his game- confident, smooth and mature.

For being just 20 years old, he’s so calm and composed, you can’t help but think about where you were in life at 20….and then sheepishly quit punishing yourself.

Some of that confidence undoubtedly comes from his famous genetics and being the son of , but the greater part of it comes from his faith and approach to life, off the court.

“Obviously, it didn’t end the way we wanted it to.  Just the fact of me playing in the tournament was great because it’s the attitude of “loser goes home” and unfortunately we had to go home. But it really puts into perspective what you need to do to prepare for it going forward. And learning from that this year helps us next year.”

“Growing up, I felt it more than I do now, but now I don’t even think about it at all, actually. The pressure that I feel now the most is pleasing the Lord. That may sound cliché, but that’s an everyday type of task and the biggest thing for me. As long as I continue to grow in that aspect, there is no other question.”

“Oh, me of course (laughing). Easily. He can beat me in golf and all the other, cards, all that stuff, but he’s not beating me on the court.”

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Spike Albrecht and other fresh faces of the NCAA Tournament

SNL spoofs the Rutgers scandal

This is pretty funny.

Pernetti follows Rice out the door at Rutgers

Five March Madness Fresh Faces

March Madness is a great time of the year for die-hard sports fans and casual fans alike. The close games and the upsets provide plenty of drama on the court, and every year we have new heroes that come out of nowhere. It’s always amazing to see a young kid in his first NCAA tournament become a household name overnight with a stellar performance on the big stage.

After day one yesterday (I don’t count the Wednesday games), we already have some freshman making a splash, and we have others we can expect to hear from today as well.

Fourth-seeded Michigan streaked to a 71-56 win over 13th-seeded South Dakota State on Thursday night, and not surprisingly, freshman phenom Glenn Robinson III had plenty to do with the win. Robinson scored a team-high 21 points, chalking up a whopping 17 in the second half, and he also grabbed six rebounds. His three three-pointers in the second half really fueled Michigan. The Wolverines are very young, so Robinson and the other freshman will have to come up big for this team to go far in the tournament. They wilted in the Big Ten tournament, but maybe that adversity will get them ready to make a run now.

Freshman Gary Harris of Michigan State had a solid night as the third-seeded Spartans defeated 14th-seeded Valparaiso 65-54. Harris wasn’t the leading scorer, as Derrick Nix dominated while dropping 23 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, but Harris was making jumpers as he contributed 10 points to the winning effort. With the 6’ 9” and 270 pound Nix powering the offense from the inside, Harris and Keith Appling can stretch the defense by making outside shots. On a good team like Michigan State, a freshman like Harris doesn’t have to be the star. He just has to know his role and do his job.

Today will feature a number of talented freshman making their tournament debut, and Shabazz Muhammad will be getting a ton of attention as the sixth-seeded UCLA Bruins take on the eleventh-seeded Minnesota Gophers. Muhammad has versatility on offense as he averaged just under 18 points per game while averaging over 5 rebounds per game. He is very effective down low but he also shot 40 percent from the three-point line. With guard Jordan Adams suffering a broken foot, there will be plenty of pressure on the freshman to step up on the big stage. The Pac-12 is off to a great start in the tournament which has silenced some critics, but we’ll see if UCLA can get past a Big-10 team in the first game.

The Kansas Jayhawks are a number one seed so we can’t expect too much drama on Friday in their opening game, but it will be interesting to see how freshman Ben McClemore looks in his tournament debut. This guard averages 16.4 points per game. He’s deadly shooting from the outside, and we’ve seen in the past that hot shooting can propel a team to the Final Four. McClemore is shooting 44 percent from three-point land. This kid could be a top pick, if not the top pick, in the NBA draft so the pressure goes well beyond a potential Kansas run to the title. You never know just how good a player can be until he’s tested at crunch time, so it will be fun to see what this kid can do.

We all love to focus on points and stats when evaluating players, but of course the game of basketball can’t be simply defined by stats. Indiana has a real shot at a national title, and Yogi Ferrell is a big part of that success. The freshman point guard has solid stats with 7.8 points and 4.2 assists per game, but his leadership and solid ball-handling make life much easier for stars like Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo. There’s every reason to believe this kid will carry this composure into the tournament. James Madison shouldn’t pose much of a problem in the first game but then the real fun begins.

Enjoy the games and hopefully we’ll see some smiles on the faces of these young faces as they march through this incredible tournament.

Michigan’s Family Ties

This Year's Final Four Will Be...

It's always difficult to predict the four teams out of 68 capable of making it deep in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament we refer to as March Madness. There's always a bracket busting team that takes out a top competitor or even a Cinderella story making it to the Sweet 16 or even further. However, this year may be a little different and actually attending the games might just provide serious excitement for any fan. Here's how this non-expert believes it could play out.

and Bucknell are the most dangerous smaller schools with the ability to make it into the tournament. The reason these two top the list is due to the size advantage they bring to the game. Akron features Zeke Marshall at seven feet tall and Bucknell brings Mike Muscala standing 6'11" tall. This will help even the playing field with any of the larger schools bringing a significant size advantage.

Other small schools with a great chance of making into the tournament include Middle Tennessee State, Belmont, Boise State, Davidson, Valparaiso, Weber State and Louisiana Tech. Although it is unlikely that all these schools will make the dance you always have to be aware of the ones that do sneak into the dance. A small school with momentum would be like the Kia Sorento winning the car , unlikely but you never know! Make sure you pay attention to all the little guys before filling out your bracket.

1. Kansas

The Jayhawks might take a top seed in the tournament, but they're not as good as their record shows. They lost to a team with an RPI of 229 and nearly lost to another team they should've beaten easily. If they draw a team they don't match up well against, Kansas could make an early exit.

2. Ohio State

Not considered a top five team, but in the top 20, the Buckeyes struggled in February. If this was any indication about how good they really are, this is another team potentially leaving the tournament early.

3. Florida

Showing their struggles on the road makes it hard to believe the Gators can go anywhere in the tournament. They're tough to beat at home, but they won't get a single game on their home court during the tournament. Look for Florida to fall victim to an upset early.

Looking at all the top teams, potential Cinderella stories and those middle seeds with the ability to go deep, is still difficult. However, an easy pick for one of the final four spots is the Indiana Hoosiers. This team is tough and has been ranked at the top most of the year. Another pick for the Final Four is Michigan. They're ready to make a run and it seems they've already cleared their system of some of the losses.

The other two spots in the Final Four are a bit more difficult to predict. There will certainly be a middle seed, maybe a #5 or #6 involved. The team basketball of Notre Dame could support a deep tournament run, but they won't be there in the Final Four. However, another Big East team will be out of a two or three seed in Georgetown. That only leaves one spot left and it goes to Saint Louis University.

Butler's buzzer beater

Will the NCAA punish North Carolina basketball?

The NCAA was more than happy to deny USC and Ohio State chances to play in football bowl games, but will they take on North Carolina basketball? Remember that the NCAA has a financial interest in March Madness, but not in the BCS or the bowls.

The academic scandal at North Carolina appears to go back decades, but the doesn't even go into whether specific athletes at North Carolina were involved. The report for trying to avoid the issue of athletes taking fraudulent classes.

Now, will the NCAA even bother taking a look?

Duke lands Jabari Parker

The student athlete myth

This is just ridiculous.

To a varying degree, these types of shenanigans take place all over college sports. There are many true student athletes, but the money involved in college football and basketball now make them virtual factories, using plenty of kids that have no business being on a college campus as a "student." When you see Kentucky winning a national championship with a bunch of freshman who then immediately move on to the NBA, then you know that much of this is a joke.

Can John Calipari finally win it?

Ohio State stumbling into the NCAA Tournament

With March Madness around the corner, everyone is getting pumped up for the NCAA Tournament and starting to pay attention to lines. Ohio State has been one of the better teams all season long, but recent stumbles are making many question whether this team has what it takes to go far in the tournament.

The Buckeyes , and "concerns" are growing.

Adversity at this time of year is not necessarily a fatal problem, as we've seen many talented teams struggle at times only to get hot and then surprise the field during the tournament. Last year the Buckeyes were one of the big favorites, but Thad Matta was outcoached and the Buckeyes played too conservative in a loss to Kentucky. Perhaps if everyone is questioning them, then perhaps this team can rally with lower expectations.

Putting all that aside, Matta needs to figure out the problem. One issue is that Matta never goes too deep on his bench, which is the one aspect of his coaching style that drives fans crazy. It's impossible to find solutions to rotation issues when you only play 7 or 8 guys regularly.

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