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Late in the Michigan State-Louisville game, Cardinals sophomore center Mangok Mathiang stepped to the free throw line with a chance to tie the score. And then this happened:

So how exactly does one react when a 48 percent free throw shooter forces overtime with a shot like that?

Pretty much.

Karma, it seems, was on Sparty's side, though. Michigan State cruised in overtime to win 76-70 and advance to its seventh Final Four under coach Tom Izzo.

H/T Vinny Viner

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Connecticut's men's basketball success doesn't stretch back too far. But its recent run is hard to match: four Final Fours and four national titles since 1999, with Monday night's 60-54 victory over Kentucky the latest to seal the trophy. Where does UConn rank among the greatest programs ever? What about those Wildcats? Click on the logos below to set your list!

More: Your take on the NCAA tournament?

All-Time CBB Programs

Arizona

Arizona

4 Final Fours, 1 championship

Cincinnati

Cincinnati

6 Final Fours, 2 championships

Connecticut

Connecticut

5 Final Fours, 4 championships

Duke

Duke

15 Final Fours, 4 championships

Georgetown

Georgetown

5 Final Fours, 1 championship

Indiana

Indiana

8 Final Fours, 5 championships

Kansas

Kansas

14 Final Fours, 3 championships

Kentucky

Kentucky

16 Final Fours, 8 championships

Louisville

Louisville

10 Final Fours, 3 championships

Michigan

Michigan

7 Final Fours (2 vacated), 1 championship

Michigan State

Michigan State

8 Final Fours, 2 championships

North Carolina

North Carolina

18 Final Fours, 5 championships

Ohio State

Ohio State

11 Final Fours (1 vacated), 1 championship

Syracuse

Syracuse

5 Final Fours, 1 championships

UCLA

UCLA

18 Final Fours (1 vacated), 11 championships

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Kentucky-Louisville on Friday

Move over, Duke-North Carolina. There's a college hoops rivalry that might be better than yours: Kentucky-Louisville. They've split the past two national championships. One (Kentucky) beat the other in the 2012 Final Four. Their coaches (John Calipari and Rick Pitino) seem to forever be linked. They're the two highest-profile schools in the Bluegrass State. And they're set to square off Friday in the Sweet 16, with the defending champion Cardinals as the No. 4 seed and the talented-but-just-now-rounding-into-form Wildcats at No. 8. Who wins? And what do you make of this red-(and blue)-hot rivalry?

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NCAA tourney regional predix?

The first half of the Elite Eight is over and done with. Which teams will join Florida and Wisconsin in the Final Four? Cast your votes below!

  • Which team will win Sunday's Elite Eight matchup in Indianapolis?

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Wooden Award favorite Doug McDermott? Gone. Freshman phenoms Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins? Also eliminated. But a number of talented players remain in the NCAA tournament. How do they stack up? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

More: Sweet 16 predictions | Rank the Sweet 16 teams!

Sweet 16 Players

Jordan Adams

Jordan Adams

So., G, UCLA
17.4 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 2.3 APG

Kyle Anderson

Kyle Anderson

So., G/F, UCLA
14.7 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 0.8 BPG

Malcolm Brogdon

Malcolm Brogdon

So., G, Virginia
12.7 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.7 APG

Melvin Ejim

Melvin Ejim

Sr., F, Iowa State
18.1 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 1.8 APG

Aaron Gordon

Aaron Gordon

Fr., F, Arizona
12.3 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 1.9 APG

Luke Hancock

Luke Hancock

Sr., G-F, Louisville
12.1 PPG, 2.7 RPG

Montrezl Harrell

Montrezl Harrell

So., F, Louisville
14.0 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 1.2 APG

Gary Harris

Gary Harris

So., G, Michigan State
16.9 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.7 APG

Cory Jefferson

Cory Jefferson

Sr., F, Baylor
13.6 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 1.0 APG

Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson

Jr., G, Arizona
16.3 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 2.7 APG

Frank Kaminsky

Frank Kaminsky

Jr., F, Wisconsin
13.6 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 1.3 APG

DeAndre Kane

DeAndre Kane

Sr., G, Iowa State
16.9 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 5.8 APG

Shabazz Napier

Shabazz Napier

Sr., G, Connecticut
17.8 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 4.9 APG

Devin Oliver

Devin Oliver

Sr., F, Dayton
11.9 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 2.4 APG

Adreian Payne

Adreian Payne

Sr., F, Michigan State
16.6 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.2 APG

Casey Prather

Casey Prather

Sr., F, Florida
14.1 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.7 APG

Chasson Randle

Chasson Randle

Jr., G, Stanford
18.9 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 2.1 APG

Julius Randle

Julius Randle

Fr., F, Kentucky
15.1 PPG, 10.7 RPG, 1.3 APG

Russ Smith

Russ Smith

Sr., G, Louisville
18.1 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 4.7 APG

Nik Stauskas

Nik Stauskas

So., G, Michigan
17.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 3.3 APG

Jarnell Stokes

Jarnell Stokes

Jr., F, Tennessee
15.1 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 2.0 APG

Xavier Thames

Xavier Thames

Sr., G, San Diego State
17.4 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 3.3 APG

Scottie Wilbekin

Scottie Wilbekin

Sr., G, Florida
13.1 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 3.7 APG

James Young

James Young

Fr., G-F, Kentucky
14.3 PPG, 4.2 RPG

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