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The six most outrageous styles from the NCAA tournament

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THE TWO-TONED MOUTHPIECE

A two-toned blue and white mouthpiece is already a daring look, but Saint Mary's guard Matthew Dellavedova made it so much worse because he could not seem to keep it inside his mouth.

Each time TV cameras showed a closeup of Dellavedova during the Gaels' surprising Sweet 16 run, the mouthpiece was so conspicuous that CBS analyst Bill Raftery couldn't resist chiming in.

Said Raftery with a wry chuckle, "That's a man who has a lot of confidence."

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FEAR THE BEARD

When Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen began growing a beard last August, he never envisioned it would quickly become a cherished symbol of the Wildcats' basketball revival.

Students wore T-shirts bearing the slogan "Fear the Beard" and school officials handed out fake beards to fans when the Wildcats hosted Texas in January.

Pullen wanted to shave the beard several times during the season, but his teammates wouldn't let him out of fear of messing up their good mojo.

BIG CUZ'S URKEL GLASSES

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My favorite DeMarcus Cousins' look of the season is still the Russian fur hat he sported at an interview session during the regular season, but these thick-rimmed glasses and odd-looking CATS hat is a close second.

Perhaps it was no coincidence that Cousins' broke out the Urkel glasses on the eve of Kentucky's Sweet 16 matchup with Cornell.

"I'm not getting into smart kids, dumb kids," Cousins said. "We're not out there reading books, we're out there playing basketball."

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THE 'STACHE

Butler players all originally planned to grow mustaches for a late-season game against Valparaiso, but they abandoned the plan immediately upon realizing how ridiculous they looked. Well, all except junior Matt Howard, who opted to keep his wispy mustache for the remainder of the season.

Howard's 'stache has developed somewhat of a cult following, evoking comparisons to Adam Morrison and even earning a facebook page in its honor.

"The mustache is awesome," guard Ronald Nored said. "I love it."

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THE WOLVERINE

Northern Iowa big man Lucas O'Rear's overgrown sideburns are so fantastic that they have inspired a T-shirt campaign in his hometown of Nashville, Ill.

The owner of a local shop has sold more than 500 yellow T-shirts bearing the phrase "Fear the Burns" in purple on the front and O'Rear's name and No. 32 on the back.

In honor of O'Rear's mother, who died of cancer, proceeds from the shirts are going to the charity raising money to fight the disease.

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THE TOWEL MAN

Angry that his three first-half fouls forced him to the bench and derailed Wake Forest's offense, junior forward Al Farouq Aminu buried his head in a towel on the bench as Kentucky pounded the Demon Deacons in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

"When Farouq picked up his third foul, it really hurt us," senior L.D. Williams told the Winston Salem Journal. "After that we just kind of went soft. They made shots. We didn't make them miss like we normally do."

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