Best hair, other quirks to watch


Zach Braziller and Harrison Goodman break down some of the lesser known bests to watch in the NCAA Tournament:

Best hair

UCLA’s Tyger Campbell’s distinctive mane is hard to miss. Campbell hasn’t had a haircut since fifth grade, with a pretty simple explanation why. “He literally hated them,” his mother, Jennifer, said in 2018.

Best pay cut

Longwood coach Griff Aldrich left a lucrative career as a lawyer and a reported salary of nearly $800,000 in 2016 to take up an assistant coaching position for then-UMBC coach, Ryan Odom, who paid $32,000. He took over as Longwood’s head coach — and a $150,000 salary — a few years later, and is now coaching in the school’s first-ever NCAA Division I tournament.

Best breath of the past

The San Francisco Dons, best known for championships led by Bill Russell in the 1950s, are back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998 under 36-year-old head coach Todd Golden. .

Todd Golden, San Francisco Dons coach
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UCLA's Tyger Campbell reacts after being fouled while driving to the basket in the second half against USC at UCLA Pauley Pavilion on March 5, 2022 in Los Angeles.
UCLA’s Tyger Campbell
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Best Assistant Coach

When you’ve won an NBA and NCAA title, it’s safe to say you’re overqualified to be a college assistant coach. But former Knicks coach Larry Brown is working for fourth-year head coach Penny Hardaway on the Memphis bench.

Best reminder that we are getting old

Remember Jameer Nelson, who led St. Joseph’s to a No. 1 seed in the 2004 tournament before a long NBA career? Well, his son, Jameer Nelson Jr., is now in the tournament, having led CAA champion Delaware in scoring this season.

Shaq Best Print

LSU’s Shaquille O’Neal holds the record for most blocks in an NCAA tournament game, dismissing 11 shots against BYU in 1992. Auburn’s Walker Kessler could do it in the right game, as the 7-foot second 1 inch already has 12 blocks in a game this year against Texas A&M, and 11 against Shaq’s alma mater, LSU.

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