Luke Winn: At The Dance
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  • 09:59 AM ET  04.01

Some pictorial goodness not related to the coaching carousel, which has been occupying everyone's journalistic week, and holding back the blog for a couple of days ...

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Tom Izzo's 'Tournament Coach' Noggin

Michigan State's head man is always referred to as a great "tournament coach" -- which means, essentially, that his teams tend to outperform their seed. He devised a game plan that held Louisville to an improbable zero fastbreak points in the Elite Eight. What might he have in store for UConn, which is comfortable at a slow pace?

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Jeff Adrien's Linebacker Mouthpiece

UConn's power forward doesn't need any help in giving off an intimidating, football-ish vibe, but he tops it off with a mouthpiece, which makes him look even scarier when he's putting up a double-double against your team. Why he wears elbow padding is beyond me, though: It only limits the beatings he can dish out in the post.

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Jay Wright's Finely Tailored Sidelinewear

North Carolina is a 7.5-point favorite to beat Villanova on the court, but Jay Wright is a 1-to-10 favorite to beat ol' Roy Williams in the sideline suit war. The Wildcats' coach has the best tailor (Gabe D'Annunzio) of anyone in the Final Four. He'd probably trade in a couple of suits for a 7-footer who can stop Tyler Hansbrough, though.

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Bobby Frasor's (Finally In The Final) Four

UNC's backup point guard tore his left ACL in December 2007 and missed the Heels' run to the Final Four in San Antonio. This season, as a senior, Frasor is healthy and playing a major role off the bench in relief of Ty Lawson. The only other No. 4 in the Final Four is UConn's Jeff Adrien, who's also in his first-ever semifinal.

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Scottie Reynolds' Black-taped Hand

When Reynolds hit the shot of the tournament -- his leaner with 0.5 seconds left that KO'd Pittsburgh in the Elite Eight -- the lower part of his right (shoooting) hand was covered in tape. It doesn't seem to be an ideal condition in which to be running the point, but at this point, I'd leave the tape on for good luck against UNC.

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Hasheem Thabeet's Parachute-Sized Shorts

A normal-sized family of six (or perhaps the whole Huskies backcourt) could probably be clothed from the fabric of one pair of the 7-foot-3 Thabeet's shorts, which are Nike 4XLs. They almost weren't coming to the Final Four, or at least I thought so: I nearly believed Thabeet's "I failed a drug test prank" late on Tuesday night.

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Goran Suton's Double Knee Braces

Michigan State's Bosnian star has a firm grasp on the concept of branding: Even his neoprene knee sheaths have Spartans logos. He hasn't been held back by weak joints in this tourney, scoring 20 points and grabbing nine boards against Kansas in the Sweet 16, and then going for 19 and 10 against Louisville in the Elite Eight.

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Ty Lawson's Infamous Toe

The status of Lawson's toe was such a big story that it inspired its own Twitter. UNC's point guard sat out of its first-round win over Radford, but returned against LSU, and went on to be named the Most Outstanding Player of the South Region. He's a step or two slower, but might be making better decisions as a result.

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