Looking at the Sweet 16 Teams in 16 Words

Today we’re looking at every Sweet 16 team the only legitimate way: With just 16 words each.

1. Louisville: Russdiculous is so fast he just wrote this, deleted it, and did my taxes … for 2015.

2. Oregon: QUACKETY QUACK QUACKLES QUACKO QUACKS LOUISVILLE QUACK quackin QUACKER. (That’s DuckSpeak for: We are screwed against Louisville.)

3. Michigan State: Key to beating Spartans? Kidnap Izzo. Hire impostor. Have Fake Izzo repeatedly yell, “ZONE IT UP!”

4. Duke: Beloved blue-collar underdogs with a roguish charm. Led by Coach K, the “Burt Reynolds of Basketball.”

5. Wichita State: A terrifying collection of “corn people” produced in a Kansas laboratory who feel one emotion: TerrorRage.

6. La Salle: The first all-Huguenot team to get this far since Le École D’Architecture du Pittsburgh in 1836.

7. Arizona: Fact: Sean Miller was the preeminent “pudgy, spoiled mafia son” actor of the late ’70s.

8. Ohio State: I’m not saying Aaron Craft is “New Jesus” or anything, but then again, yes, I am.

9. Kansas: I’m turning this one over to Elijah Johnson. […] He turned it back over to me. Awkward.

10. Michigan: Nothing to say here, so check out the greatest Beach Boys video on the entire Internet.

11. Florida: They oughta call these guys the Florida Heimlichs, they choke so much. AM I FUCKING RIGHT? (Wait, that would mean they’re giving Heimlichs, which you do if someone else is choking, so maybe this should be the Heimlich-receivers, or something? Am I at 16 words yet?)

12. Florida Gulf Coast University: Dunk City? More like “Punk City.” For a new school, they’re missing a crucial ingredient: Class.

13. Indiana: Dunk City? More like “Punk City.” For a new school, they’re missing a— shit, wrong entry.

14. Syracuse: Orange City? More like “Door Hinge City.” Seriously, there are so many door hinges in Syracuse.

15. Marquette: Buzz Williams defeated Brad Stevens, which was like watching a Soviet disco owner punch your dad.

16. Miami: Jim Larranaga has a tilde in his name, but doesn’t pronounce it. A subtle psychological ploy?

For the Weekend: Eight Words on Each Team

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1. Louisville: Pitino should try to — Russdiculous wuz here — dammit!

2. Oregon: QUACKLES DIENG. (DuckSpeak: Dieng give us fever dreams.)

3. Michigan State: “Take the early 3! Chuck it!” — Impostor Izzo

4. Duke: An inspirational rags-to-riches tale, warming hearts, healing wounds.

5. Wichita State: If North Korea gets “corn people” technology? Fuck.

6. La Salle: Coach Giannini plays this pump-up clip before games.

7. Arizona: Ben Howland’s pain motivates them to keep winning.

8. Ohio State: “I forgive myself.” — Craft, after another devastating 3.

9. Kansas: Why is Ben McLemore on my milk carton?

10. Michigan: Wolverines center Mitch McGary does not inspire fear.

11. Florida: Did I use the “Florida Heimlichs” joke yet? Because that was legit. Am I at eight words yet?

12. Florida Gulf Coast University: This team needs Bo Ryan. Already too late?

13. Indiana: Crean smile photos are considered illegal torture implements.

14. Syracuse: Boeheim won Cynic Pageants as a small child.

15. Marquette: Beating Brad Stevens = burning an American flag.

16. Miami: OK, confession time: Grantland has tildes, too. Grañtlañd.

Filed Under: College Basketball, March Madness, NCAA tournament, Shane Ryan

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Shane Ryan is a contributing writer for Grantland. His book about the young stars of the PGA Tour will be published by Random House in early 2015.

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