March 18, 2008
The Links
Celebrating the Bears

Baylor is one of the tournament's feel-good stories. :: Greg Nelson/SI
This year's tournament has several feel-good stories, but none quite as impressive as Baylor. In 2003, the program was rocked by the murder of Patrick Dennehy and coach Dave Bliss' attempt to cover it up. Five years later, coach Scott Drew has the Bears in the tourney (in excruciating fashion ... they were the last team selected).
College Hoops' Newest Rivalry
Move over North Carolina and Duke. The fiercest rivalry in hoops is taking place on the other end of the country between UNLV and BYU. For the second year in a row, the Cougars are livid about UNLV fans storming the court and tackling everything in their way after the Rebels won the Mountain West tournament.
Getting to Know ... Portland State
Our week-long series profiling No. 16 seeds takes us to scenic Portland, Ore., home of the Portland State Vikings. The school has the largest enrollment of any Oregon school (24,284), is the nation's first salmon-safe university and is the alma mater of Courtney Love, June Jones and Playboy's Holly Madison. Even more impressive are the Portland State cheerleaders. Wowser!
Fill Out a Bracket ... Vote for McCain!
The Republican front-runner has launched a March Madness bracket contest on his official Web site ... and is giving the winners John McCain swag!
The Heat is On

Tommy Bowden is not getting the job done at Clemson. :: Jim Rogash/WireImage
Georgia Sports Blog has the list of the 10 longest tenured coaches without a BCS bid -- and the pressure in on you, Tommy Bowden.
Donovan Gets Tough
Billy Donovan is so unhappy with his NIT-bound Gators, he banned them from the school's $12 million practice facility and told them not to wear any Florida attire. Speaking of the NIT, play starts tonight. Here is the bracket.
Pop Culture Nugget
Parker Posey hates Superbad and Knocked Up, claiming they don't do "anything particularly great for our culture." Of course, one wonders the cultural value of dousing freshmen high school students in ketchup, mustard and flour as Posey's character did in Dazed and Confused.
Today in Hot Clicks
Latest break up: A blogger and his NCAA brackets ... Odds of a perfect bracket ... Costas vs. Bloggers ... All-time MLB fantasy busts.
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
Pete Carroll's Facebook page is no longer ... Congratulations to Ohio State, the 2008 national champions in fencing ... Spring break hero: A Texas student saved a Georgia student from drowning ... NC State's J.J. Hickson will enter the NBA draft ... UCLA should win the tournament -- because of their cheerleaders.
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