Best hair, other oddities worth seeing

Zach Braziller and Harrison Goodman break down some of the lesser-known best to watch out for in the NCAA tournament:

best hair

UCLA’s Tyger Campbell’s distinctive mane is hard to miss. Campbell hasn’t had a haircut since fifth grade, with a fairly simple explanation as to why. “He literally hated her,” his mother Jennifer said in 2018.

Best pay cut

Longwood coach Griff Aldrich left a lucrative law career and a reported salary of nearly $800,000 in 2016 to take an assistant coaching job for then-UMBC coach Ryan Odom, which made $32,000. A few years later, he took the job as Longwood’s head coach — and a salary of $150,000 — and is now coaching in the school’s first-ever NCAA Division I tournament.

Best blast from the past

The San Francisco Dons, best known for the Bill Russell-led championships in the 1950s, are back in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998 under 36-year-old head coach Todd Golden.

San Francisco dons head coach Todd Golden high fives player during a time out in their game against the Brigham Young Cougars during the Quarterfinals of the West Coast Conference Basketball Tournament at Orleans Arena on March 5, 2022 in Las Vegas.
San Francisco Dons coach Todd Golden
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UCLA's Tyger Campbell reacts after being fouled in the basket in the second half against USC on March 5, 2022 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.
Tyger Campbell from UCLA
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Best Assistant Coach

If you’ve won an NBA and NCAA title, it’s safe to say you’re overqualified to be a college assistant coach. But former Knicks coach Larry Brown works for fourth-year head coach Penny Hardaway on the Memphis bench.

Best memory, we’re getting old

Remember Jameer Nelson, who led St. Joseph’s to No. 1 in the 2004 tournament before a long NBA career? Well, his son, Jameer Nelson Jr., is now in the tournament after leading CAA champion Delaware as top scorer this season.

Best Shaq impression

LSU’s Shaquille O’Neal holds the record for most blocks in an NCAA tournament game, rejecting 11 shots against BYU in 1992. Auburn’s Walker Kessler could make it in the right matchup, as the 7-foot-1 sophomore already has 12 blocks a game this year against Texas A&M and 11 against Shaq’s alma mater, LSU. Best hair, other oddities worth seeing


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