And then there were four: Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky and Wisconsin. To get to this point, the Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament has already delivered some shining moments, as it does every year. Here were some of our favorites.
2014 NCAA Tournament Shining Moments
1.) St. Joseph’s coach Phil Martelli’s grandson does some coaching of his own.
Phil Martellis’s grandson, Phillip, imitated his grandfather coaching from his perch a few rows behind the St. Joseph’s bench during St. Joe’s NCAA tournament games. The four year-old wore a sport coat, an adult-sized tie and had easy access to his white board just like most coaches do. When grandfather Phil crossed his arms, Phillip did too. When Phil watched the game pensively with his hand at his chin, Phillip did too. His spot on impersonation of his grandfather made for some great TV moments and earned Phillip an on-air interview.
Phillip Martellis imitating his grandfather coaching – video
At televised NFL games, Ohio State alumni playing in the NFL frequently indicate that the college they attend is “THE Ohio State University” with an emphasis on “THE.” So, when the Dayton Flyers upset the Buckeyes in this year’s tournament, Dayton Daily News used the playful headline, “THE UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON,” with the “THE” is very big type.
For football fans everywhere that aren’t Ohio State fans, the headline selection was perfect.
The Flyers had an impressive run to the Elite 8 before losing to the tournament’s #1 overall seed Florida.
3.) Mercer upsets Duke and does the NaeNae Dance
When #14 seed Mercer upset #3 seed Duke, there was only one way to celebrate: The Nae Nae Dance. Mercer senior guard Kevin Canevari is the featured performer in the video below. The dance enjoys some popularity in Atlanta and is based on a character from the TV show Martin.
The Mercer NaeNae Dance – video
4.) Aaron Harrison’s Shot
Freshman Kentucky Aaron Harrison calmly drilled a difficult 3-pointer to lead the Wildcats into the Final Four by beating Michigan in one of the best games of the tournament.
The shot heard around Kentucky – video
5.) Bo Ryan and Frank Kaminsky lead Wisconsin
It’s hard not to root for the Wisconsin Badgers this year. It’s Bo Ryan’s first Final Four appearance and very well deserved. Here’s a coach who has done it the right way. It will also be the first Final Four for Bo without his father Butch. Read the ESPN story.
The player of the tournament thus far has been 7′ junior Frank Kaminsky. Kaminsky, who didn’t see much playing time his freshman or sophomore year, has bloomed into a star of stars. While maintaining his outside game honed by playing guard in high school, Kaminsky has demonstrated a post game and an ability to create his own shot off the dribble. Earning nicknames like “Frank the Tank” and “Mount Kaminsky,” this Badger has led his team to Texas and earned a name for himself in the process.
Charles Barkley on Frank Kaminsky – video
The Final Four will undoubtedly deliver some more NCAA Tournament shining moments. Looking forward to the weekend games.