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).
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.
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