Rick Pitino's Cardinals became the first, but certainly not the last high seed to bow out early. There's justice in an unlikable coach falling to an obscure-therefore-likable team, and there's a joke somewhere in Pitino getting bounced by a team called Morehead State. Maybe you can find one.

We're of mixed feeling about sad mascots, however. The broken body language provides a discordant note with the perpetual smile (or, in the case of the unimaginatively named Cardinal Bird, a perpetual sneer). Sad mascots make us sad.

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Great day of games so far. Brian Hickey's here to shepherd you through the night.