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Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

Xavier's Malcolm Bernard, a graduate transfer from Florida A&M, said at this time last year he was on spring break, refusing to turn on the TV, sad because he wasn't a part of the NCAA tournament. He was still having fun, he was quick to point out. Just not nearly as much fun as he's having this year.

Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

Bucky the Badger is in full form -- dancing with Wisconsin's band -- at a pregame pep rally before the Badgers take on Florida in the Sweet 16 tonight.

Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

Here comes the Wisconsin marching band. They're walking toward Madison Square Garden, the site of Wisconsin's Sweet 16 game against Florida tonight.

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Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked how big the challenge is guarding Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski, Xavier coach Chris Mack says: "the biggest." As in, literally and figuratively.

Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

Former NBA player and Gamecock star Renaldo Balkman poses with one of many fans that followed him around at South Carolina's pregame Sweet 16 rally.

Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

South Carolina alum Myles Hilliard remembers the days when South Carolina basketball wasn't even close to the Sweet 16. Now he's come to NYC from Chicago to see the Gamecocks in the Sweet 16.

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Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Just talked to Michael Porter Jr. Said it was not an easy decision. Also considered Virginia and Oklahoma. But said "excited beyond words" to be heading back to Missouri.

ESPN Stats and Information  

If Florida and South Carolina win tonight in the Sweet 16, Sunday's potential Elite 8 matchup would mark just the third time in NCAA Tournament history that SEC teams will face each other. Both of the previous occasions happened in 1986. Kentucky beat Alabama in the Sweet 16 and LSU beat Kentucky in the Elite 8 that year.

Paul Biancardi Basketball Recruiting 

It's official. Michael Porter Jr. to Missouri. Porter is the no.1 prospect in the senior class.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Michael Porter Jr., to Missouri. Cuonzo Martin does the smart thing, hires the dad and now gets arguably best player in country.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Michael Porter Jr. on Missouri: "It's home. I love the city, the fans, and I feel like next year we can do something very special there."

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

No. 1 prospect Michael Porter Jr. tells ESPN he has committed to Missouri.

Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

Is this Columbia, South Carolina? Nope, just hundreds of Gamecock fans packed into a crowded bar in NYC getting ready for their team's Sweet 16 game against Baylor tonight.

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Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

The man of the hour at the South Carolina pregame gathering at the Mason Jar in NYC is former NBA player and former Gamecock Renaldo Balkman. He can't go a minute without being mobbed by fans telling him their stories or asking for pictures.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

California officially announces Wyking Jones as its next head coach.

Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

A Carolina fan peeps through the window at FedEx Forum. He wants to get in to see the Madness!!

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

ViewFromVegas of tonight's Sweet 16 games: North Carolina -7 vs. Butler O/U 155; Baylor -3 vs. South Carolina O/U 135.5; UCLA -1.5 vs. Kentucky O/U 167; Florida -1 vs. Wisconsin O/U 131

Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

The court before the madness starts here in Memphis.

ESPN Stats and Information  

North Carolina has made it to at least the Elite Eight each time it's been a No. 1 seed since 1997. That includes 5 trips to the Final Four, 3 appearances in the title game and 2 national titles.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Xavier is the 8th team seeded 11th or lower to reach the Elite 8. Only three 11 seeds have gone on to the Final Four in NCAA tournament history: VCU (2011), George Mason (2006) and LSU (1986).