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With the NCAA tournament's round of 64 in the books, the March Madness thrills are just getting underway. Now, things will begin to get really interesting, as some of the biggest underdogs of the first round will face even more intimidating challenges.

Yesterday, the 14th seed Mercer Bears (pictured) shocked the nation as they rallied past Duke 78-71. They'll go on to meet Tennessee, who also pulled off an upset against UMass. Jakob Gollon (#20) led the way for Mercer, while Jarnell Stokes carried the load for the Vols. Tennessee and Mercer will meet Sunday at 6:10 Eastern.

In one of the tourney's most intense games yet, the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks defeated VCU in overtime, 77-75. Next up, they'll face one of their biggest challenges of the year when they take on UCLA Sunday night.

There's plenty of other March Madness coverage in the gallery above, but we'd be remiss to not acknowledge the hell of a run Kevin Durant is currently on. Last night, he dropped 51 points on the Raptors, hitting a game-winning shot to lift the Thunder in double overtime. This is Durant's second 50+ point game this season, and he's the first to do it more than once since LeBron and D Wade during the 2008-09 season. Unfortunately for OKC, Russell Westbrook suffered a knee injury in the third quarter. Hopefully he can get back out there sooner than later, as the star PG has been plagued with injuries as of late.

Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and a contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things pop culture, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.

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Jakob Gollon
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Jakob Gollon Leads Mercer to Huge W Over Duke

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Player: Jakob Gollon
Game: Mercer vs. Duke
Key Stat: 20 points, 5 rebounds

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Jakob Gollon
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Jakob Gollon
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Jacob Parker
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Jacob Parker Rocks VCU in the UA Spine

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Player: Jacob Parker
Game: SF Austin vs. VCU
Key Stat: 22 points

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Jacob Parker
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Kevin Durant
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Kevin Durant Drops 51 in Double OT Win Over Raptors

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Player: Kevin Durant
Game: OKC vs. Toronto
Key Stat: 51 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists

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Kevin Durant
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Kevin Durant
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Brice Johnson
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Brice Johnson Keeps Tar Heels Alive in the CP3.VII

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Player: Brice Johnson
Game: North Carolina vs. Providence
Key Stat: 16 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks

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Brice Johnson
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Kevin Pangos
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Kevin Pangos Stops Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State in the Zoom Soldier VII

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Player: Kevin Pangos
Game: Gonzaga vs. Oklahoma State
Key Stat: 26 points, 3 steals

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Kevin Pangos
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Kevin Pangos
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Jamari Traylor
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Jamari Traylor Drops Double-Double on Eastern Kentucky

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Player: Jamari Traylor
Game: Kansas vs. Eastern Kentucky
Key Stat: 17 point, 14 rebounds

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Jamari Traylor
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Jamari Traylor
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Doug McDermott
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Doug McDermott Drops 30 Points, 12 Boards on LA-Lafayette

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Player: Doug McDermott
Game: Creighton vs. LA-Lafayette
Key Stat: 30 points, 12 rebounds

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Doug McDermott
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Doug McDermott
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Jarnell Stokes
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Jarnell Stokes Explodes in the adidas No Mercy 2014

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Player: Jarnell Stokes
Game: Tennessee vs. Massachusetts
Key Stat: 26 points, 14 rebounds

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Jarnell Stokes
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Jarnell Stokes
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Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and a contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things pop culture, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.

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