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Breakfast Buffet: Bucky Badger makes a wedding appearance

Jeff Eisenberg
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1. A special guest made a cameo appearance at the wedding reception of Troy Maragos and Grace Rihani last week: Bucky Badger. Maragos was Bucky Badger while in college, so his family arranged for the Wisconsin mascot and marching band to make an appearance at his wedding. Click here to watch a quick video of Bucky dancing with the bride while the band plays in the background.

2. It will be fascinating to see how the selection committee evaluates South Florida, which remained on track to be the nation's most polarizing bubble team Sunday with a ragged yet significant 46-45 victory over fellow NCAA tournament hopeful Cincinnati. On one hand, the Bulls are 11-5 in the Big East, tied with ninth-ranked Georgetown in fourth place. On the other hand, South Florida's only RPI Top 50 win remains Seton Hall.

3. San Francisco's Rashad Green apparently wasn't pleased with Saint Mary's raucous celebration of its first outright WCC title since 1989. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Green pounded on the visiting locker room door and shouted for the Gaels to quiet down Saturday night as Saint Mary's celebrated clinching the league title at the Dons' expense in the regular season finale for both teams. USF coach Rex Walters apologized to Randy Bennett afterward for the incident.

4. There should be no doubt who the Pac-12's coach of the year is even with a week to go in the regular season. Tad Boyle can make space on a book shelf for that award after his Colorado team that lost four starters last season beat Cal 70-57 to improve to 19-9 overall and 11-5 in the Pac-12. The victory also was significant in the league title race as the Bears (23-7, 13-4) fell a half game behind resurgent Washington (20-8, 13-3).

5. Tom Izzo's plan to have retired forward Delvon Roe dress on Senior Day against Ohio State apparently cannot happen. NCAA eligibility rules prohibit the Spartans from making that gesture for Roe, who announced his retirement from basketball before the start of his senior season in September as a result of degenerative knee pain. Michigan State still plans to find another way to honor Roe. 

The weekend's best dunk came via a brilliantly designed inbound play. With North Carolina clinging to a one-point lead at Virginia on Saturday, springy forward John Henson spun off a screen, caught an alley-oop inbound pass in midair and slammed it home one-handed to help give the Tar Heels the breathing room they needed to escape with a road win.

"It's risky, I understand. I'm not dumb. You can only pull this card once. If I have to look like a jerk and put my neck on the line, so be it. I want these guys to get the most out of themselves." -- Lamar coach Pat Knight defending his memorable postgame rant following last Thursday's loss to Stephen F. Austin. The Cardinals responded well to Knight's criticism, pounding host Sam Houston State 72-49 on Saturday night. (Yahoo! Sports)

• Notre Dame at Georgetown, 7 p.m. EST

• Kansas at Oklahoma State, 9 p.m. EST

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