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March 19, 2005 | ESPN.com's NCAA Tournament coverage

PLAYERS OF THE DAY: Nate Robinson, Washington and Salim Stoudamire, Arizona
Yes, there is a West Coast flavor! Robinson hit 10-of-14 shots from the floor, scored 23 points and grabbed seven boards in an easy win over Pacific. Stoudamire scored 28 points as the Wildcats were impressive in beating UAB.

TEAM OF THE DAY: West Virginia
The Mountaineers were down 13 points at halftime against No. 2 seed Wake Forest. West Virginia trailed by as many as 14. John Beilein's team never quit and came through in a double-overtime thriller, 111-105.

Mike Gansey was terrific in the second half and two overtimes. He finished with 29 points.

Wow, the Mountaineers face Texas Tech for a spot in the Elite Eight.

COACH OF THE DAY: Bob Knight, Texas Tech
Think about when the Red Raiders were 5-3 and lost by 30 points to Iowa in December. Now look at Texas Tech after its upset win over No. 3 seed Gonzaga.

Ronald Ross has gone from walk-on to All-Big 12. Knight has put his stamp on the team as it rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit. Texas Tech once trailed by 13 points before getting the W!

SHOCK OF THE DAY: Wisconsin-Milwaukee over Boston College
Yes, the Eagles started 20-0 and closed 5-5 in their final 10, but give Bruce Pearl's team credit. The Panthers fell behind 11-0 before coming back.

The 12th-seeded Wisconsin-Milwaukee squad meets top-seeded Illinois in Chicago. Ed McCants and company will have a real challenge in that game, though Wisconsin-Milwaukee is the first team seeded 12th to make the Sweet 16 since another Horizon League member, Butler, did it a few years back. Jon LeCrone has to be very proud of his conference.

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