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John Lucas Sr. has seen a lot of hoops -- not to mention a lot of other strange sights -- in his life. So Page 2 wondered what went through his mind as his son shot Oklahoma State into the Final Four last weekend. And what the heck were Phil Martelli, Matt Freije and Rick Barnes thinking? It's our NCAA Tournament edition.

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Eddie Sutton is 68 years old, which means he has . . . hmmm, let's see . . . oh yeah, nothing in common with his Final Four players. Still, Brian Murphy's Weekend Water Cooler looks for common ground for the Cowboys and their coach. Plus, that Flappin' Hawk and baseball in Tokyo.

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Sure, Alex Rodriguez is a Yankee now. But does that mean he has to give up his hard-earned captaincy of the Rangers? Page 2's Jim Caple looks for a way for A-Rod to lead his Texas troops from the Bronx.
On paper, Nick Nolte doesn't stand a chance in the semifinals against Jessica Simpson. But this is Page 2's Wacky Bracket, and anything can happen. That's why we play these games. Vote now!

The Daily Quickie watched fashion-plate Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova on Monday and forgot all about the tennis. Plus, over-rated Final Four coaches and the NFL's tinkering, or lack thereof.

The spotlight is at its brightest. The pressure is at its highest. Sometimes, the Final Four brings out the best in a player. It did with the ones on our list of the greatest Final Four performances of the last 25 years.

10]  Isiah Thomas, Indiana, 1981
Isiah scored a game-high 23 points in the Hoosiers' 63-50 win over North Carolina for the championship. But his most important contributions might have been his two quick steals at the start of the second half.
9]  Ed O'Bannon, UCLA, 1995
O'Bannon was unstoppable -- at least, Arkansas star Scotty Thurman couldn't stop him -- en route to 30 points and 17 rebounds in the title game. In the semis, he held Oklahoma State 7-footer Bryant Reeves to seven second-half points.
8]  Steve Alford, Indiana, 1987
How do you follow up a 33-point performance against UNLV in the national semifinals? You score 23 against a Syracuse defense keyed to stop you, and you lead your team to a championship-game victory.

April 3 Oklahoma State 5 Georgia Tech 142
April 3 UConn 2.5 Duke 145.5

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Things get a little ugly in today's Writers' Bloc as Eric Adelson gives 10 reasons he prefers the women's NCAA Tournament. Patrick Hruby fires back to defend the men and then ... well, the bruises are big and purple after this one.

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