NCAA Watch: Sweet 16

NCAA Watch: Sweet 16


words // Brennan Hiro Williams

The first two rounds of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament are in the books, having provided some of the same great finishes and upset victories that make us tune in every March. 16 teams are still on the board, with all four number one seeds making it through (UNC, Syracuse, MSU, Kentucky), along with three surprise underdogs (Ohio, NC State, Xavier).

The tournament action continues on Thursday, March 22, with the East and West regional semi-finals.

Photos via Y! Sports.


USBWA Player of the Year Anthony Davis leads Kentucky into the semis in the Nike Zoom KD IV.

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Florida’s Bradley Beal launches a trey in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011 Low.

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Kanas Jayhawk Tyshawn Taylor attacks the rim in the adidas adiZero Crazy Light.

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Will UNC’s Kendall Marshall (Air Jordan 2012) return from his wrist injury?

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Indiana celebrates its victory over VCU in adidas basketball shoes.

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Stevie Taylor (Nike LeBron 9 “Dunkman”) and the #13 seed Ohio Bobcats celebrate their berth into the Sweet 16.

NCAA Watch: It’s a Madhouse!

NCAA Watch: It’s a Madhouse!

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words // Brennan Hiro Williams

The 2012 NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament officially kicks off tomorrow with “First Four” games in Dayton, Ohio. March Madness continues through the rest of March, concluding with the championship game at the New Orleans Superdome on April 2. As most of you fill out last-minute brackets, agonizing over which 12-5 upset to pick (hint: all of them), let’s take a closer look at some of the footwear choices on the tournament’s best players in the latest edition of NCAA Watch.

Photos via Y! Sports.


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Kentucky’s Anthony Davis leads the #1 seed Wildcats wearing the Air Jordan Retro 10.

Duke frosh Austin Rivers wears the Nike Zoom Hyperenforcer.

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Ohio State guard William Buford launches a three in the Nike Air Huarache BBall 2012.

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Kansas forward Thomas Robinson posts up in the adidas adiZero Shadow.

SDSU’s Xavier Thames (Air Jordan Retro 13) drives against New Mexico’s Drew Gordon (Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011).

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Marquette’s Junior Cadougan (Jordan CP3.V) defends Lousiville’s Peyton Siva (adidas adiZero Crazy Light Low).

NCAA Watch: Who Will Survive?

NCAA Watch: Who Will Survive?

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words // Brennan Hiro Williams

As February comes to a close, the final tournament field is beginning to take shape, with top teams trying to secure high seeds and bubble teams trying to survive. Take a look at some of the latest sneakers on the collegiate hardwood in the newest edition of NCAA Watch.

Photos via Y! Sports, Robby Nicholl.


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Syracuse sophomore C.J. Fair wears the Jordan Melo M8.

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Auburn’s Varez Ward attacks the hoop in the Under Armour Micro G Bloodline “Roma.”

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Missouri’s Michael Dixon ties up the rock in the Nike Air Zoom Flight 5.

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Coastal Carolina forward Bisi Addey shuts it down with a big dunk in the “Rice” Nike Zoom Kobe VI.

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Duke’s Quinn Cook wears the “Pewter” Nike Air Foamposite One.

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Blue Devil guard Seth Curry wears the Nike Zoom Hyperenforcer.

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Tyler Thornton wears the Nike Zoom Rookie.

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Austin Rivers wears a Nike Pro Combat VIS Basketball sleeve.

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UConn point guard Shabazz Napier wears the Air Jordan Retro 4.

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Tony Wroten (Air Jordan Retro 4) goes up against Josiah Turner (Air Jordan Retro 10) and Nick Johnson (Air Jordan Retro 11).

NCAA Watch: Blue Devils Top Tar Heels At Buzzer 85-84

NCAA Watch: Blue Devils Top Tar Heels At Buzzer 85-84

words // Luis Sanchez

Duke freshman Austin Rivers finally got his shot on the big stage last night, proving his talents to the entire nation with a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer to take down the rival North Carolina Tar Heels.

The buzzer-beating three pointer capped a furious rally led by Austin Rivers, who finished with a game-high 29 points in the win. Rivers’ 29 points was also a season high, setting the record for most points scored by a Duke Freshman versus the Tar Heels.

A variety of Nike and the Jordan Brand’s latest basketball footwear was seen all over the court, as several Blue Devils pulled out the Kobe VII and the Tar Heels debuted the all new Air Jordan 2012 Deluxe.

Enjoy a look at all the action below, as part of Eastbay’s latest NCAA Watch.

Miles Plumlee elevates in the Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011.

James McAdoo goes up for the basket in the Jordan CP3.V.

Austin Rivers hit the court in the Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 Supreme.

Kendall Marshall stands dejected in the Air Jordan 2012 Deluxe.

Tyler Zeller goes up in the Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011, with Miles Plumlee defending in the Nike Kobe VII.

Austin Rivers gets the lay-up in the Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 Supreme Nike Basketball shoes.

Another look at Austin Rivers pre-game in the Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 Supreme.

The Blue Devils celebrate their victory over the Tar Heels after Austin Rivers’ buzzer-beating three-pointer.

NCAA Watch: Oregon Takes Rose Bowl Over Wisconsin 45-38

NCAA Watch: Oregon Takes Rose Bowl Over Wisconsin 45-38

words // Luis Sanchez

As expected, the Rose Bowl between the Oregon Ducks and the Wisconsin Badgers turned out to be one of the highest scoring BCS Bowl Games yet.

Getting off to a quick start, the first half between the Ducks and Badgers displayed enough offense for one game, with the halftime score tied at 28. The second half proved to be just as entertaining, as both teams continued their successful offensive play.

The Ducks ended up with the victory over the Badgers 45-38, earning their first Rose Bowl victory in almost 95 years. The Ducks were led by some amazing play from speedsters LaMichael James and the young DeAnthony Thomas, along with quarterback Darron Thomas who passed for three touchdowns. The victory was Oregon’s first-ever bowl victory under head coach Chip Kelly.

Enjoy a look back at Oregon’s Rose Bowl victory below, as part of Eastbay’s latest NCAA Watch.

Photos via: Yahoo! Sports

Oregon’s Lavasier Tunei gets away from the defense in the latest Nike football cleats.

Ducks’ running back Kenjon Barner leaps over the defense in his Nike football cleats.

Running back De’Anthony Thomas scores one of his two touchdowns for the Oregon Ducks.

Bradie Ewing catches a pass for the Badgers in the latest adidas football cleats.

Nick Toon manages to stay in-bounds for the touchdown in his adidas football cleats.

Jared Abbrederis returns a kick for 60 yards in the latest adidas football cleats.

Ducks’ tight end David Paulson leaps over the defense in Oregon’s special edition Nike football cleats.

De’Anthony Thomas’ Rose Bowl was highlighted by this 91 yard touchdown run in the first half for the Ducks.