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March Madness 2011

There were so many surprises in the men's bracket of the NCAA basketball tournament that almost nobody can claim they picked every Final Four team. Not a single top seed survived, and Virginia Commonwealth University survived a four-team play-in tournament just to make the field of 64 teams, and then battled all the way to Houston. For such an intriguing tournament, the championship game was a dud, with Butler back to lose again for the second straight year, this time setting a record for bad shooting. The women's bracket produced a breath of fresh air, with powerhouses like Stanford, Connecticut, and Tennessee all kept out of the championship game. ( 34 photos total)

Mascots animated every game in the 2011 NCAA basketball tournaments. (AP, Reuters, Getty Images, AFP/Getty Images)

Andre Young of the Clemson Tigers attempts to control the ball in front of Dalton Pepper of the West Virginia Mountaineers during the second round at St. Pete Times Forum March 17 in Tampa, Fla. (J. Meric/Getty Images) #

E'Twaun Moore of the Purdue Boilermakers drives on Steven Samuels of the St. Peter's Peacocks during the second round at the United Center March 18 in Chicago. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images) #

A Richmond Spiders fan cheers his team playing against Morehead State in their third round game in Denver March 19. (REUTERS/Rick Wilking) #

Kansas' Thomas Robinson (left) and Elijah Johnson joke with reporters in the locker room after practice for their Southwest Regional third round game against Illinois March 19 in Tulsa. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) #

BYU's Jimmer Fredette is greeted by fans as he walks off the court after BYU defeated Gonzaga in a Southeast regional third round game March 19 in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) #

Hartford's Ruthanne Doherty (left) and Connecticut's Stefanie Dolson battle for a rebound during an East Regional first-round game in Storrs, Conn. March 20. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) #

Terrence Ross of the Washington Huskies (left) and Harrison Barnes of the North Carolina Tar Heels go after a rebound during the third round March 20 in Charlotte, N.C. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) #

Stanford's Toni Kokenis writes down plays in the locker room as Stanford prepares for a second-round game in Stanford, Calif. March 20. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) #

David Lighty Sr. (right) kisses his son, Ohio State's David Lighty, after Ohio State's win over George Mason in an East regional third-round game March 20 in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) #

Joseph Fulce of the Marquette Golden Eagles celebrates with teammates after defeating the Syracuse Orange during the third round March 20 in Cleveland. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) #

Notre Dame's Joey Brooks (left) and Eric Atkins sit in the locker room after a third-round loss to Florida State in Chicago March 20. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching) #

Notre Dame's Natalie Achonwa (left) and Temple's Shey Peddy fight for a loose ball during their second-round game March 21 in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart) #

San Diego State's Malcolm Thomas (right) reacts after their loss to the Connecticut Huskies during their West Regional game in Anaheim, Calif. March 24. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson) #

Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor, Jon Leuer, and Keaton Nankivil react on the bench during the NCAA Southeast regional semifinal loss to Butler March 24 in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) #

Players weren't the only ones experiencing intense emotions, as the stress of games shows on the faces of head coaches. (AP, Reuters, Getty Images, AFP/Getty) #

Richmond's Dan Geriot covers Kansas' Mario Little as they go after a loose ball during a Southwest regional semifinal game March 25 in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) #

The Florida mascot greets a police officer before the Southeast regional championship game against Butler March 26 in New Orleans. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) #

Arizona's Kevin Parrom protects the ball against Connecticut's Jeremy Lamb (center) and Jamal Coombs-McDaniel during the West regional championship game March 26 in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) #

Gonzaga's Kelly Bowen holds the ball and calls for a time out against Louisville March 26 in Spokane. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) #

North Carolina and Kentucky players scramble for the fall during the East regional final March 27 in Newark. (Nick Laham/Getty Images) #

Connecticut's Heather Buck (left) and Michala Johnson pass time during a media availability March 28 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) #

Kentucky's Darius Miller is defended by Connecticut's Alex Oriakhi (left) and Niels Giffey during their Final Four semifinal game March 2 in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) #

Virginia Commonwealth fans take pictures as the team arrives before a men's Final Four semifinal game against Butler April 2 in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) #

Texas A&M's Danielle Adams (left) and Stanford's Nnemkadi Ogwumike fight for the ball in a Final Four semifinal game in Indianapolis April 3. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) #

Texas A&M players Sydney Colson (left) and Danielle Adams celebrate their win over Stanford in a Final Four semifinal game in Indianapolis April 3. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta) #

Connecticut's Maya Moore (top) goes up with a shot as Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins defends in their Final Four semifinal game in Indianapolis April 3. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) #

Notre Dame's Natalie Achonwa sits in her locker before practice ahead of the national championship game in Indianapolis April 4. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) #

Matt Howard of the Butler Bulldogs grabs the ball in traffic against the Connecticut Huskies during the championship game April 4 in Houston. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) #

Connecticut's Kemba Walker reacts after scoring against Butler during the championship game in Houston April 4. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson) #

Connecticut celebrates after winning the championship game against Butler April 4 in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) #

Texas A&M's Karla Gilbert fights for a rebound with Notre Dame's Natalie Novosel during the championship game in Indianapolis April 5. (REUTERS/John Sommers II) #

Texas A&M's Danielle Adams celebrates the championship game victory over Notre Dame in Indianapolis April 5. (REUTERS/John Gress) #

Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair reacts after cutting the net after his team's win over Notre Dame in the championship game in Indianapolis April 5. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta) #


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great collection. like the variety of action and off the court shots. Boy in #27, the 'paint' looks like it needs a new coat.

Posted by Chris April 7, 11 10:13 AM
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hey i like the pics, they really do bring out the emotions and the love the people have for the game.

Posted by eve July 12, 11 04:16 AM
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