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March Madness 2010

It seems like the tournaments run a little deeper into April every year, but one thing doesn't change: the madness. Basketball fans -- and office pool gamblers -- get treated to an overload of college games full of upsets and rising talents, animated coaches and goofy mascots. This year's men's tournament was was a bracket buster for the ages, with only one top seed reaching the final four, and a David-Goliath matchup in the final that exceeded expectations. The women's tournament was a predictable coronation of the Connecticut Huskies, who put on a dominant performance in winning the championship and keeping a perfect record for the second strait year. ( 34 photos total)

Fans of (left to right) Baylor, Butler, and West Virginia lap up the attention at games in the NCAA basketball tournament. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Tyshawn Taylor of the Kansas Jayhawks looks to pass the ball against Marquis Hall of the Lehigh Mountain Hawks during the first round at Ford Center March 18 in Oklahoma City. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) #

Kansas State's Curtis Kelly (center) battles for a rebound against North Texas' Eric Tramiel (left) and Collin Mangrum in Oklahoma City March 18. (REUTERS/Bill Waugh) #

East Tennessee State's Adam Sollazzo reacts at the end of a loss to Kentucky during the first round at the New Orleans Arena March 18 in New Orleans. (Dave Martin/Getty Images) #

St. John's coach Kim Barnes Arico plays with her son Trevor Arico, 8, during practice March 19 in Tallahassee. (AP Photo/Phil Coale) #

Troy Gillenwater of New Mexico State is trapped by Michigan State defenders during the first round March 19 in Spokane. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) #

Jermaine Dixon of Pittsburgh goes up for a shot over Larry Wright of Oakland in the first round at the Bradley Center March 19 in Milwaukee. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) #

Washington's Isaiah Thomas shoots past New Mexico's Darington Hobson during their second-round game in San Jose March 20. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) #

Kansas' Elijah Johnson (right) consoles teammate Sherron Collins after their loss to Northern Iowa in the second round March 20 in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) #

West Virginia's Asya Bussie (center) drives between Lamar defenders during their first-round game March 21 in Austin. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) #

North Carolina State's Nikitta Gartrell reacts after being fouled as Bonae Holston reaches to help her up during their first-round game against UCLA in Minneapolis March 21. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien) #

The Purdue bench celebrates their overtime win against Texas A&M in the second round in Spokane March 21. (REUTERS/Steve Dipaola) #

Vermont's Tonya Young (25) leads the team off the bench following their victory over Wisconsin in their first-round game in South Bend, Ind. March 21. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) #

Xavier's Jamel McLean (center) struggles for the ball against Pittsburgh's Nasir Robinson (left) and Gary McGhee during their second-round game in Milwaukee March 21. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps) #

Stanford's Jayne Appel (left) watches an NCAA basketball game on television with teammate Jeanette Pohlen in the locker room before practice in Stanford March 21. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) #

Michigan State's Raymar Morgan reacts to a play against Maryland in their second-round game in Spokane March 21. (AP Photo/Rajah Bose) #

Oklahoma's Nyeshia Stevenson (left) and South Dakota State's Leah Dietel watch Stevenson's basket in their game in Norman, Okla. March 21. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) #

Florida State's Jacinta Monroe (center) battles St. John's Da'Shena Stevens (left) and Sky Lindsay during their game March 22 in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Coale) #

Gonzaga players leap from the bench as they watch the winning shot against Texas A&M fall during a second-round game March 22 in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) #

Head coach Brad Stevens of Butler celebrates with his team after defeating Kansas State during the west regional final at the Energy Solutions Arena March 27 in Salt Lake City. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images) #

Tennessee's Glory Johnson falls as she passes around Baylor's Melissa Jones during the regional semifinal March 27 in Memphis. (AP Photo/Lance Murphey) #

Notre Dame's Ashley Barlow (left) and Oklahoma's Nyeshia Stevenson tussle for a loose ball during the regional semifinals March 28 in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Amelia C. Warden) #

Baylor's Tweety Carter reacts during the regional final against Duke in Houston March 28. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) #

Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl reacts to the action against Michigan State during the regional final March 28 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) #

The Butler mascot sits on the floor as the team practices prior to the Final Four semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium April 2 in Indianapolis. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images) #

West Virginia's Da'Sean Butler is consoled by head coach Bob Huggins after injuring his knee in a collision against Duke in the Final Four semifinal in Indianapolis April 3. (REUTERS/Mark Blinch) #

Butler's Gordon Hayward (left) passes off against the defense of Michigan State's Draymond Green during the Final Four semifinal in Indianapolis April 3. (REUTERS/Mark Blinch) #

Stanford's Nnemkadi Ogwumike takes a shot against Oklahoma's Abi Olajuwon during their semifinal in the Final Four April 4 in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) #

Stanford's Lindy La Rocque jumps onto Joslyn Tinkle as they celebrate beating Oklahoma in their Final Four semifinal April 4 in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) #

Duke's Kyle Singler (left) and Butler's Gordon Hayward battle for a rebound in the national championship in Indianapolis April 5. (REUTERS/Chris Steppig/NCAA Photos) #

Lance Thomas of Duke celebrates with his teammates after they beat Butler for the national championship at Lucas Oil Stadium April 5 in Indianapolis. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) #

Stanford's Kayla Pedersen (left) wrestles the ball away from Connecticut's Kelly Faris in the first half of the championship game April 6 in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) #

Tina Charles (right) and Tiffany Hayes of Connecticut celebrate beating Stanford in the championship game April 6 in San Antonio. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) #

Jacquie Fernandes of Connecticut puts her head through the net after beating Stanford in the championship game April 6 in San Antonio. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images) #




Posted by Kevin Van April 8, 10 08:38 AM

re: #7, sure looks like Dixon is getting stuffed by Wright...

Posted by Chris April 12, 10 09:01 AM

Thanks for the regular share of pictures on the Big Shots!

Posted by Derek April 21, 10 06:05 PM
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