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The Mid-Morning Dump - 3/28/14

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HIT TAPE. I guess the Sweet 16 makes it an important enough of a time to make a return.

WALTERS' PREVIEW. John Walters previews the matchup with UConn.

BUILDING A LEGACY. USA Today writes about the impressive program Fred Hoiberg is building... and talk of next year's team (Dustin Hogue off the bench???) is hard not to get excited about, even on a day that the Cyclones play for the Elite 8.

AN EJIM GAME COMING? Melvin Ejim has been good during the tournament, but hasn't had one of his signature games yet. Rob Dauster suggests that the mismatch is there tonight for a big outburst from Melvin.

MORRIS IS GOING TO BE A STAR. Mateen Cleaves comments that Monte Morris has nowhere to go but up.

THEY MUST LOVE TO SEE THE STATE OF IOWA SUFFER. Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery talk about their most memorable calls.

HOGUE LOVES HOGUE. Dustin Hogue's new haircut is... something. If you look closely enough at the picture, you can make out a CF poster bitching about how not team oriented his hair is and how it'll cost Iowa State a win.

OLD FRIENDS SQUARE OFF. Kevin Ollie and Fred Hoiberg are friends and former NBA teammates, and both cheer for each other, except tonight.

TICKET PRICES GOING UP. Jamie Pollard talks about basketball ticket prices probably increasing and Fred Hoiberg's salary.

CBS SPORTS LOVES IOWA STATE. The experts are solid across the board for Iowa State, and the only two teams picked with a higher percentage by users more than Iowa State already won last night (Arizona and Florida).

THE BIG 12'S ONLY HOPE. Baylor lost, so this is what it's come to.

IMPROVEMENT FOR ROYCE. No new contract after two 10 day contracts with the Sacramento Kings, but he seems to be doing all the right things this time around.

NEW HELMETS. Iowa State is one of several schools trying new helmets to prevent concussions.

WHO'S TO BLAME FOR THE UNC SCANDAL? The article is good, but Chris Kluwe's comment is what really makes this a great read.

MORE PAPERS REVEALED. Jon Bois dug deep for other UNC athletes' term papers.

IT'S PROBABLY NOT SUPPOSED TO LOOK LIKE THIS. The Spurs' mascot fell down and had an eye malfunction.

TEXAS SIZED EXPECTATIONS. Barking Carnival has an excellent post on managing what the expectations for Texas basketball should be.

THESE TWO REALLY DON'T LIKE EACH OTHER. Sean Avery and Martin Brodeur do battle over... dancing with the stars?