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The tourney

March 23, 2014 - Mike Mathison
With Sunday games to be played, this NCAA men's basketball tournament has been rather fun.

A Dayton here, a North Dakota State there, a Stephen F. Austin here and a Mercer there.

Just, fun.

It's been great watching coaches coach, players play and fans swing the entire length of the emotional scale.

Tears of joy and of happiness as teams lose or win at the buzzer.

You have Pitt winning by a million, then not even giving Florida a game. But, no surprise there.

Ohio State proved why it doesn't want to play Dayton, Xavier or Cincinnati during the regular season.

And, speaking of Ohio State, losing Aaron Craft, to me, is going to hurt far more than people think. He was the heart and soul of the team -- a player who did not take plays off.

There wasn't one Buckeye who continually played as hard as Craft this year and there is no one on the horizon who will do the same next year.

I think he just about revolutionized how one is to play defense -- feet and NO HANDS.

He was a pleasure to watch.

And, so has been this tournament with two weeks to go.


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