The Real Stars of March Madness (according to me and the Internet)

If you think March Madness is all about basketball, you couldn’t be more wrong. In our wonderful world of twitter, memes and gifs, it only takes a matter of minutes for the kid in the audience, the coach or one of the band members to become the real star of the show. Let’s recap the first four days of the tournament, and the stars of the first two rounds of the madness.

The Dayton coach’s wife: After Dayton upset Syracuse, Archie Miller’s wife was the talk of twitter. The world went on to talk about her good looks and retweet old pictures of her in a bikini from her account, @BballWife4Life.

The #CryingKansasKid: CBS gave this young, crying Kansas fan more screen time than anyone else in the last 5 minutes of the Kansas- Stanford game. It was only a matter of time before he had his own twitter account, @cryingks, and hashtag.

The Stanford Band Member: A little earlier, during the same game, the spotlight was on this very enthusiastic Stanford cowbell player who kept us smiling despite the Kansas tears. I’m sure I’m not the only one who will look this gif up every time I’m having a bad day.

Aaron Craft (and his post-game pose): One of the only players to make this list, Aaron Craft made headlines for his last second attempt to beat Dayton. But the internet wasn’t talking about his shot, they were talking about his reaction to missing that shot. He decided to lay down on the court for an extra minute (it was his last college game), and the rest is meme history.
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Phil Martelli’s grandson (and his mysterious drawing): The St. Joe’s coach’s grandson was featured during the game on many occasions, and the internet loved tweeting about his cuteness and what he could possibly be drawing in the gif below.

The Arizona State Bench: After losing to Texas, the Arizona State Bench looked like the definition of disappointed. The world took advantage of their reaction and tweeted a series of other “heartbreaking” moments like, “When you find out your girl has been with the whole team,” and attached the image. The picture also had the privilege of getting meme’d.

Bonus points for the meme that combines Aaron and ASU:
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The Mercer Dancers: Not one, but two, Mercer basketball players celebrated their big win against Duke with the art of dance. The first kid kind of remind me of Hayden Panettiere trying to dance in Bring It On (in the best way) and the second kid created an interview photo-bomb. The internet loved both.

The North Dakota State Coach and his rockstar moment: I think this is an appropriate celebration for a #12 seed team beating a #5 seed team. I also think that if Saul Phillips stuck his tongue out here, he would be the male version of Miley Cyrus.

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