STUDENTS OF THE GAME
Four of the teams in the round of 16 have coaches who never played college hoops and came through the ranks as student managers.
Tom Crean, Indiana. Didn't play at Central Michigan and got his start as a graduate manager at Michigan State before going on to head coaching jobs at Marquette and with the Hoosiers.
Mick Cronin, Cincinnati. After coaching a local high school while completing his undergraduate degree, he got his first college coaching job as a video coordinator for the Bearcats in 1996-97.
Buzz Williams, Marquette. Before he became Marquette's head coach, the Buzzsaw served as a student assistant at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas, under Juco Hall of Famer Lewis Orr. He also was a student assistant at Oklahoma City University.
Scott Drew, Baylor. Started his career as a student assistant at Butler and later moved on to Valparaiso, where he earned his master's degree while working for his father, Homer, the Crusaders head coach at the time.
The remaining teams have accounted for some of the greatest moments in NCAA tournament history. Here's a few:
North Carolina State, 1983. Coach Jim Valvano running around looking for someone to hug after Lorenzo Charles' putback is an all-timer.
Kansas, 2008. "Mario's Miracle" — Mario Chalmers' tying 3-pointer — still draws cheers like Kansas won the title all over again during the pregame video at Allen Fieldhouse.
Michigan State, 1979. Magic vs. Bird. 'Nuff said.
North Carolina, 1982. Freshman Michael Jordan hits the winning jumper against Georgetown, becomes one of basketball's — or any sport's — greatest icons.
Indiana, 1987. Keith Smart pulls a Jordan to beat Syracuse.
Now, the question is will there be any moments as memorable as those when the tournament resumes Thursday?