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What you overlooked Sunday at men's, women's NCAA basketball tournaments

Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY
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What a beautiful Sunday of basketball on the docket between the 2021 men's and women's NCAA Tournament games.

The women's tournament started with Round 1 action from San Antonio and the surrounding areas. Much scrutiny has been assigned to the NCAA for the amenities available in Texas, especially when compared to what the men's players and teams were given in terms of training equipment (and space), gifts and quality of food.

After acknowledging the inequities, the NCAA addressed the weight rooms, which sparked the controversy.

In men's action, the second round runs all day, with one No. 1 seed already knocked out and another one currently playing.

Here are some of the story lines you might have overlooked in the frenzy of Sunday's action.

Farewell, Javion Hamlet's dad

Louis Hamlet, the father of North Texas guard Javion Hamlet, has been the parental star of the 2021 men's tournament. Nobody was more hyped when the 13th-seeded Mean Green upset Purdue on Friday, and the man has iPad pictures to prove it.

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For North Texas' second-round matchup against Villanova on Sunday, Louis Hamlet wore a bright green sweater with a picture of his son and all of his accomplishments listed on the front. The back of the garment might be the best part though: the left shoulder blade reads, in white font, "Hamlet," the right blade has "Shakespeare," and the back reads "Javion The Final Act."

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It was the same sweater he donned during North Texas' victory in the first round. Unfortunately, the luck in the sweater ran out and "the final act" proved to be Sunday, as the Wildcats rolled past North Texas, 84-61.

Upsets and exciting finishes in men's tournament

Sunday afternoon and evening was an exciting one for basketball fans. Four different men's NCAA Tournament games ended within one score.

Syracuse became the first double-digit seed to advance to the Sweet 16 by knocking of No. 3 West Virginia, 75-72. Of course, their upset was soon eclipsed by Oral Roberts. The No. 15 Golden Eagles' Cinderella run continued when they clipped No. 7 Florida 81-78.

In other action, No. 2 Houston defeated No. 10 Rutgers 63-60 in a dramatic finish, and No. 3 Arkansas edged out No. 6 Texas Tech, 68-66.

Stephen F. Austin falls in heartbreaking fashion to Georgia Tech

This 5 vs. 12 matchup could have been the first upset of the women's bracket. Stephen F. Austin doubled up Georgia Tech by halftime (34-17), but the Yellow Jackets came back to force overtime and won in the final period.

Freshman Avery Brittingham had two chances down low in the final seconds, but both tightly-contested shots missed. She corralled the ball for a third attempt which was good. The only problem was that the final buzzer had already sounded and Georgia Tech escaped 54-52.

Geography can be hard

To highlight the facts Illinois and Loyola-Chicago are two schools in the same state, the original version of this tweet from the @MarchMadness handle — which is solely dedicated for the men's tournament — had the wrong state photoshopped in the background.

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That is Indiana, actually. The NCAA obviously deleted the original and posted a new tweet and (correct) graphic.

One-handed alley-oop!

Baylor's Matthew Mayer tossed it up for Mark Vital, who only needed one hand to slam it with authority and complete the alley-oop!

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The No. 1 Bears defeated the No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers, 76-63, to reach the Sweet 16.

Rapinoe rooting on Terps

The Maryland women's squad is a No. 2 seed, and even though the Terrapins don't play until Monday (4 p.m. ET against No. 15 Mount St. Mary's), U.S. women's soccer star Megan Rapinoe will be in their corner.

Rapinoe noted her affinity for sophomore guard Ashley Owusu; in response, the Terps' women's basketball Twitter account tweeted a side-by-side photo of Rapinoe's classic goal celebration pose and Owusu with her own arms outstretched.

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"LFG," Rapinoe quote-tweeted. "Good luck tomorrow."

This likely won't be the last time Rapinoe, who has been on the front lines for gender equality in sports, tweets about her Terps this tournament.

Women's tournament airs all day on ESPN properties

Feeling empty without the whirlwind action of the last two days? Flip over to the ESPN channels (ABC too) for extensive coverage of the women's tournament, which began Sunday with the first round.

Seven-seed Virginia Tech opened the tournament with a win, and Oklahoma State blew out Wake Forest in an 8-9 matchup, but not before the Deacons' Ivana Raca – they apparently call her "The Serbian Sensation" – dished out this assist down low.

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Iowa's Caitlin Clark (23 points) had the early performance of the day in the Hawkeyes' victory over scrappy mid-major Central Michigan.

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Of note: This is also the first time the women's tournament has aired on ABC. A step in the right direction toward equality.

Cameron Krutwig is the king we deserve

His game and look — that mustache! — are that of a stalwart on the court at a Lifetime gym, yet he was the best player on the floor in Loyola's upset.

The court vision. The scoring creativity. He's drawing comparisons to the Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokić

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Look at this enthusiasm.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: March Madness updates: What you overlooked in NCAA Tournament action