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BracketRacket: A floor, a Big Shocker and the Noid

Friday - 3/29/2013, 12:20am  ET

FILE - Ohio State's Aaron Craft practices for a regional semifinal game in the NCAA college basketball tournament in Los Angeles, in this March 27, 2013 file photo. Craft is one of the most hated college basketball players over the past 30 years according to the brackets. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

AP Sports Writer

Welcome to BracketRacket, your one-stop shopping place for all things NCAA.

Today's menu includes a time-lapse of the Final Floor being built, one great Big Shocker, some hatin' on Ohio State's Aaron Craft, a familiar name atop a bracket challenge and intense loyalty by Domino's CEO with a side of Noid to go with it.

And for dessert, we've got some Bracket Bits that include a massive bracket, a Hurricane rap and a La Salle drummer who appears to be channeling Paul Rudd.




The court for the Final Four is being built by a Michigan company before being shipped to Atlanta.

Connor Sport Court International says it has been working on the maple floor since last year.

It was made at the company's plant in Amasa, Mich., and finished at another location. The plant also made the court for the women's Final Four in New Orleans.

See the men's court being put together in this cool time-lapse video: .



The WWE has a history of plucking athletes from other sports and molding them into wrestlers, including champion Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, a former football player at Miami.

Former WWE champion The Big Show was once The Big Shocker.

Known then as Paul Wight and wearing No. 50, he averaged 2.0 points and 2.1 rebounds in 21 games (with one start) for Wichita State in 1991-92. Though he's become a Miami fan after living in South Florida so long -- at 7-foot, 450 pounds, he may be the biggest Hurricanes fan out there -- he'd love to see the Shockers reach the championship game.

"I'm very proud of the fact that the program has really turned itself around," he told AP Sports Writer Dan Gelston. "It's great for the city. It's great for the old Henry Levitt Arena. I remember a lot of great pickup games there, even in the offseason. Xavier McDaniel would come back and Harvey Grant would come in. Barry Sanders. The fact that the Wichita State program is doing so well, I'm very happy for them."

After years of performing in front of 70,000-plus fans, Show has learned to manage his nerves, something he wished he had better control of at Wichita State.

"I remember I got my first start at Southern Illinois," he said. "I remember we were walking off the plane and the assistant coach comes up to me and says, 'You're starting tonight.' I remember just being completely nerve-wracked. The ball felt like an egg in my hand. I was so mentally screwed up over that. It was the first time I ever had a lot of pressure that hit me hard. I started for about 3 or 4 minutes, got sat on the bench and things were back to normal again."

The WWE will hold its own version of March Madness at WrestleMania, April 7 in East Rutherford, N.J.



The folks at have put together a bracket that's sure to drum up annoying memories for college hoops fans.

The bracket -- seen here -- features the most hated college basketball players over the past 30 years and includes one player in this year's NCAA tournament: Ohio State's Aaron Craft.

Unlike his team, the scrappy point guard didn't make it out of the first round, ousted by former Florida irritant Joakim Noah.

Craft took the nomination as a sort of backhanded compliment, comparing himself to OSU video coordinator Greg Paulus, the former Duke point guard who lost in the first round of the Duke region to eventual champion Christian Laettner.

"I know I wasn't the fondest of Gregory (Paulus) when he played. I'm assuming it's very similar to what's going on right now with me," Craft said. "Greg's one of the nicest guys I know. I didn't know him, I just chose not to like him very much. It is what it is. Go out and take care of business and let things fall where they may."



The co-leader in the Washington Post's Bracket Challenge is someone a few college hoops fans might remember, particularly those of you in ACC country.

Tied atop the big board is none other than Drew Nicholas, who played for Maryland from 1999-2003 and hit one of the most memorable shots in Terps' history: a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in the first round of the 2003 NCAA tournament to defeat UNC-Wilmington.

It's the 10-year anniversary of Nicholas dribbling nearly the length of the court to hit his shot -- seen here -- so it's kind of fitting that he's getting some more March glory, albeit it on a much smaller scale.

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