HOLD THAT THOUGHT
During his Final Four run with George Mason, Miami coach Jim Larranaga became known for giving a "thought for the day" to his players.
He's carried on the practice with the Hurricanes, although it's hard to tell what effect it has, as AP Sports Writer Joseph White in Washington, D.C., found out.
"Every day he gives us a thought, and something that sticks with us, and it's not something that's complicated," forward Julian Gamble said, "just something that's very simple and just to let you know that we have to enjoy these moments."
If that's the case, Gamble was asked, can he name a favorite "thought for the day?"
"Can't think of one. Know one?" he said, turning to teammate Shane Larkin.
"I can't think of one," Larkin said.
But Gamble made a nice recovery, saying: "The one for this game is keep 'em out of the paint and block out on rebounds, so that will be my favorite one for now."
Larranaga will have to come up with a new thought, one that will last the entire offseason, after the Hurricanes lost to Marquette in the Sweet 16.
Hopefully, it'll be one that sticks.
That speck in the middle isn't a postage stamp. It's the court inside Cowboys Stadium for the Sweet 16: http://bit.ly/YGOWYA
Apparently the cordial feelings between Ohio State and Arizona aren't just between the coaches: http://bit.ly/10VBWPv
In honor of Easter, a bracket made out of Peeps: http://bit.ly/YGPJZm
Dunk City's dunks during the postseason, all of them: http://deadsp.in/XColZj
A couple of celeb sightings at Sweet 16 games: Drew Carey at Ohio State-Arizona in LA, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh at Syracuse-Indiana in DC.
STAT OF THE DAY
Dunk City is rattling the search engines along with rims.
According to Yahoo! Search, Florida Gulf Coast University is dominating as the most-searched team after becoming the first No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16.
Searches for the Eagles spiked 3,367 percent this week and FGCU has gotten more searches than North Korea, Lindsay Lohan and Justin Bieber.
FGCU has been searched more than any of the remaining teams in the tournament, ahead of better-known schools such as Syracuse, Duke, Michigan and Kansas.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"We're so used to people not giving us credit. ... That fuels our fire," Marquette's Vander Blue said after the Golden Eagles beat Miami to reach the Elite Eight for the first time since 2003.
Marquette 71, Miami 61
Syracuse 61, Indiana 50
Ohio State 73, Arizona 70
Wichita State 72, La Salle 58
At Arlington, Texas
Kansas (31-5) vs. Michigan (28-7), 7:37 p.m.
Florida Gulf Coast (26-10) vs. Florida (28-7), 30 minutes following
Louisville (31-5) vs. Oregon (28-8), 7:15 p.m.
Duke (29-5) vs. Michigan State (27-8), 30 minutes following
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