March 17, 2008
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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

It's March 17. Celebrate the Irish! :: Simon Bruty/SI
Yes, we know it's tournament time and over the next few days, we'll have more coverage than you'll know what to do with. But first things first -- it's March 17 -- so grab a green beer and check out these bizarre St. Patrick's Day traditions (and run away from anyone wearing this outfit).
Tournament Crib Sheet
Before you make your picks, SIOC just wants to be sure you have the basics -- a printable (and non-printable) bracket, a place to complain about your team getting snubbed and, of course, the tournament all-porno name team
Getting to Know ... Texas-Arlington
For the next four days, we'll give you a capsule of a No. 16 seed. Today we focus on the Texas-Arlington Mavericks, which earned their first tournament appearance with an 82-79 victory over Northwestern State in the Southland Conference title game. The school -- better known as UTA -- boasts about 25,000 students and annual bed races. Our favorite fun fact about UTA: It's the alma mater of Lou Diamond Phillips. La Bamba!!
March Madness Hotties
Busted Coverage is looking at the tourney through one angle -- babes. Here are its choice hotties from Miami, UNLV and Siena. And even though it got snubbed, we'll add our own gallery of Arizona State's Lauren Thompson.
Miles Beats Saban

As of this weekend, Les is $1,000 more than Nick will ever be! :: Marvin Gentry/US Presswire
Our favorite non-tournament story of the weekend -- LSU and Les Miles agreed to an extension which will pay the Tigers coach $3.751 million per season, $1,000 more than Alabama coach Nick Saban.
Trouble in Ann Arbor
We're going to predict that this four-part story about the shady academics and athletics at Michigan will not bring a smile to Rich Rodriguez's face.
Pop Culture Nugget
We always wondered why Tori Spelling didn't have more lines in Scary Movie 3. Apparently, her refusal to go topless had a lot to do with it.
Today in Hot Clicks
NCAA hoops brackets games and pools aplenty ... Top soccer player tantrums ... Female soccer streaker ... Most gruesome wrestling injuries ... Top Patricks.
Pick the Final Four Teams -- Win $2,500
The tournament is here! Make your predictions now as to which teams will be in the Final Four by entering SI Bracket Challenge on Facebook. If you correctly predict the Final Four, the final two and the national champion, you could win $2,500.
Odds and Ends
Newsweek tries to figure out why everyone hates Duke ... Ryan Mallett won't be able to play for Arkansas next season ... Cross Penn State off Terrelle Pryor's wish list ... Penn State's former mascot is suing the Big Ten.
Videos of the Day
One More Reason to Love Bobby Knight

Check out the "are you crazy" look Knight gives after Dick Vitale suggests he return to Indiana.

Top 10 NCAA Buzzer Beaters

In case you're not in the tournament mood just yet.

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