The NCAA Tournament | Rounds 2 & 3 | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | Consol Energy Center

March Madness invaded the Consol Energy Center last week, with four NCAA Second Round games on Thursday and two more on Saturday at the Consol Energy Center. The crowd was the largest to ever watch basketball in Pittsburgh, and it was a wild weekend  which saw Ohio State and Syracuse move on to the Sweet Sixteen and leaving  six teams left heartbroken. That included UNC-Asheville, who nearly pulled off an upset of Syracuse, which would have made history as the only #16 seed to ever defeat a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Here are some of my favorites from the weekend!


Ohio State Buckeyes Forward Jared Sullinger (0) celebrates the victory during the Gonzaga Bulldogs game versus the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Third Round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

UNC Asheville G Jaron Lane (5) reacts after possession is called for Syracuse during the Syracuse Orange game versus the UNC Asheville Bulldogs in the Second Round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA

UNC Asheville reacts after possession is called for Syracuse during the Syracuse Orange game versus the UNC Asheville Bulldogs in the Second Round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA

Syracuse Orange C Baye Moussa Keita (12) and UNC Asheville F Jeremy Atkinson (15) fight for loose ball during the Syracuse Orange game versus the UNC Asheville Bulldogs in the Second Round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA

Former Syracuse Orangeman Derrick Coleman celebrates with other Syracuse fans as they began to pull away from Kansas State in the Third Round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA

Gonzaga Bulldogs C Robert Sacre (0) tries to get the crowd pumped up during the Gonzaga Bulldogs game versus the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Third Round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

Kansas State Wildcats Guard Rodney McGruder (22) tries to dribble past Syracuse Orange F Kris Joseph (32) during the Kansas State Wildcats game versus the Syracuse Orange in the Third Round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

Ohio State Buckeyes Guard Aaron Craft (4) and Loyola (MD) Greyhounds Guard Justin Drummond (2) scramble for the loose ball during the Ohio State Buckeyes game versus the Loyola (MD) Greyhounds in the Second Round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

Kansas State Wildcats Forward Jordan Henriquez (21) and Kansas State Wildcats Forward Jamar Samuels (32) double-team Southern Miss Golden Eagles F Jonathan Mills (24) and try to steal the ball during the Kansas State Wildcats game versus the Southern Miss Golden Eagles in the Second Round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

Southern Miss Golden Eagles F Jonathan Mills (24) and Southern Miss Golden Eagles G Darnell Dodson (2) scramble for the loose ball during the 2nd half of the Kansas State Wildcats game versus the Southern Miss Golden Eagles in the Second Round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

Miami Heat President Pat Riley gets his picture taken with Ohio State Buckeyes fans during the Kansas State Wildcats game versus the Syracuse Orange in the Third Round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

Ohio State Buckeyes Head Coach Thad Matta smiles at Ohio State Buckeyes Forward Jared Sullinger (0) during the Gonzaga Bulldogs game versus the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Third Round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

Syracuse Orange F James Southerland (43) and Kansas State Wildcats Forward Jordan Henriquez (21) battle for the ball during the Kansas State Wildcats game versus the Syracuse Orange in the Third Round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

Southern Miss Golden Eagles F Torye Pelham (15) is tended to by the Southern Miss trainer Yuji Katsuta after Torye rolled his ankle in the first half during the Kansas State Wildcats game versus the Southern Miss Golden Eagles in the Second Round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

Kansas State Wildcats Head coach Frank Martin during the 2nd half of the Kansas State Wildcats game versus the Southern Miss Golden Eagles in the Second Round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

UNC Asheville G Matt Dickey (2) fights for the ball against Syracuse Orange F Rakeem Christmas (25) during the Syracuse Orange game versus the UNC Asheville Bulldogs in the Second Round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

UNC Asheville G Chris Stephenson (4) reacts after a foul call during the Syracuse Orange game versus the UNC Asheville Bulldogs in the Second Round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

Syracuse Orange C Baye Moussa Keita (12) blocks the shot of Kansas State Wildcats Forward Thomas Gipson (42) during the Kansas State Wildcats game versus the Syracuse Orange in the Third Round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.


Ohio State Buckeyes Guard Aaron Craft (4) celebrates after being fouled during the Gonzaga Bulldogs game versus the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Third Round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

Bryan McHenry - March 21, 2012 - 5:04 pm

Looks great Vincent!

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