Vote for the 2014 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Awards

Matt King@TheRealMattKingFeatured ColumnistMarch 29, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 28:  Julius Randle #30 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates defeating the Louisville Cardinals 74 to 69 during the regional semifinal of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 28, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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While the first day of Sweet 16 play was fairly tame, the second day delivered with a few gems and a few upsets. There are just eight teams left, but we want to look back at the round of 16 at some of the best plays and best games from Thursday and Friday.

Go below and check out the best performances, biggest dunks, biggest upsets and best games of the Sweet 16.

Freshest Dunk

San Diego State's Dwayne Polee II gets out on a break and tosses down the impressive tomahawk.

Aaron Gordon reaches way back, grabs the ball that the announcers thought was going to fly out of bounds and slams it home, all with one hand.

Norman Powell takes the ball the length of the court and throws down a sick one-hander over the Florida Gators.

Louisville's Russ Smith splits the defense and skies for a dunk over Kentucky in his last game in a Cardinals' uniform.

James Young is known as a shooter, but here he gets way up for a sick two-handed alley-oop.









Best Non-Dunk of the Sweet 16

Skylar Spencer comes out of nowhere to totally throw Aaron Gordon's shot attempt in to the stands.

Michigan's Nik Stauskas gets tricky when he gets caught without a dribble and anyone to pass to, so he passes to himself off the backboard and then to his teammate when he grabs the ball in midair.

Another huge block, Jordan Morgan comes in to erase a sure dunk from Tennessee's Jeronne Maymon.

Kentucky's Alex Poythress grabs a huge offensive rebound and muscles his way up for the and-1 to finally tie the game up for the Wildcats and complete their comeback.










Best Game

Kentucky 74 - Louisville 69

Down 13 points early in the game, Kentucky trailed for all but about two minutes in the game. Battling the injury of one of their key players, Willie Cauley-Stein, and their second leading scorer fouling out, the Wildcats pressed hard at the end and got some big plays from Poythress and Aaron Harrison down the stretch to come out on top.

Michigan 73 - Tennessee 71

Michigan had control of this game from nearly start to finish, but a furious comeback from Tennessee turned it into a nail-biter at the end. Down five with under a minute to go, the Vols forced three turnovers and had the ball down one with 10 seconds to go. But an offensive foul by Jarnell Stokes ended up costing them their comeback.

Michigan State 61 - Virginia 59

This game was back and forth all night, and MSU overcame a terrible start to the second half to complete the upset. Even with their guards having an off night, the Spartans went on a 13-2 run to regain the lead with six minutes to go. Virginia was able to tie it up briefly with under two minutes to go, but Michigan State regained the lead and never lost it.










Biggest Upset

No. 11 Dayton over No. 10 Stanford

It may not seem like a huge upset on paper, but being the only school left not from a major conference, Dayton is very much playing the role of Cinderella this year. They defeated a good, senior-laden group from Stanford in decisive fashion to make their way to a very unexpected Elite Eight appearance.

No. 7 UConn over No. 3 Iowa State

Iowa State was fresh off their Big 12 title and survived scares from NC Central and UNC, but without Georges Niang, the Cyclones were just unable to overcome the big games from Shabazz Napier and DeAndre Daniels of Connecticut.

No. 8 Kentucky over No. 4 Louisville

Louisville are the defending national champions and a trendy pick to win it all again, despite their No. 4 seed. Kentucky came off an uneven season, despite beating Louisville early in the year. It was a dog fight, and Louisville led for almost the entire game, but the freshmen-heavy Wildcats were able to keep their season alive with a victory.

No. 4 Michigan State over No. 1 Virginia

Plenty of people may have picked Michigan State to advance to the Elite Eight, but first they had to go through a Virginia team that was a No. 1 seed and had just won the ACC regular season and tournament outright. Despite a low-scoring game from some of their key players, the Spartans were still able to advance and knock off the second No. 1 seed of the tournament.










Biggest Winner of the Sweet 16

Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin)  18 points, 8-of-11 from the field.

Wisconsin got a big game from their best player against Baylor. Kaminsky also put up four rebounds and three assists.

Michael Frazier II (Florida)  19 points, 5-of-8 from three.

The sophomore who set a school record for three pointers this season came up big with the long-ball in the Gators' victory.

DeAndre Daniels (UConn)  27 points, 10 rebounds

Daniels picked a good time to have his second highest point total of the season. He also added double-digit boards for just the fourth time all year.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 28:  DeAndre Daniels #2 of the Connecticut Huskies reacts after a basket against the Iowa State Cyclones during the regional semifinal of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 28, 2014 in New York
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Branden Dawson (Michigan State)  24 points, 10 rebounds

Dawson put his team on his back, going 9-of-16 from the field and providing some much needed offense for the Spartans.

Mar 28, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard/forward Branden Dawson (22) reacts with Michigan State Spartans forward Alex Gauna (2) during the second half against the Virginia Cavaliers in the semifinals of the east regional of the 2014
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