March Madness, in photos Memorable moments from the first four days of the … – SB Nation

The opening weekend of March Madness felt like a success even before Fred VanVleet caught an inbounds pass in the halfcourt with Wichita State trailing Kentucky by two points with three seconds left. The game was already an instant classic and this was the only way it could end, with the Shockers getting one last chance to save their perfect season before the final buzzer. VanVleet fired from three-point range and missed, Kentucky celebrated like it had won a championship, and an already exciting opening weekend of the 2014 NCAA Tournament had its signature game.

The first weekend of the NCAA Tournament rarely lets you down, and this one was no exception. Mercer’s win against No. 3 Duke highlighted an opening round filled with upsets, where seven double-digit seeds won at least one game. Three of those teams are still around as the tournament enters the Sweet 16, highlighted by a Dayton squad that beat Ohio State and Syracuse after finishing sixth in the Atlantic 10.

Before we can move to regional semifinals, it’s time to look back and appreciate how we got here. Here are the best images from Thursday-Sunday at the NCAA Tournament.

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Finally, Kentucky

It took the Wildcats all season to put together the pieces, but Kentucky proved sometimes talent really does win out in March.

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Tale of two titans

Florida showed up in Orlando, and re-established itself as a national championship contender. But Louisville muddled through a second straight game, and there are reasons to be concerned about the Cardinals.

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Sweet 16 predictions

As the tournament enters the Sweet 16, it’s time to reassess the bracket. While three No. 1 seeds remain, it’s becoming evident No. 4 Michigan State is as talented as any team in the country.

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The bracket

An updated look at how we got here, and the road the remains for the final 16 teams.

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About the Author

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Ricky O’Donnell is the college basketball editor and an NBA contributor at SB Nation.

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