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Sad Pitino. Sad Bird.

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.


(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)


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

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