Watching the Big Dance is gonna cost employers $192 million

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As you spend the rest of today and Friday and work watching NCAA tournament games and checking on the status of your bracket game-by-game, consider this: The Big Dance will cost the US. $192 million in lost worker productivity.

Hope that $5 you used to submit your bracket is worth it.

How is this possible? Consultants Challenger Gray & Christmas Inc. estimate that online viewership is likely to reach 8.4 million hours during the three-week tournament. At an average hourly earning of $22.87, that’s quite the chunk of change.

So maybe you should just leave work now. Download a doctor’s note from HootersHookyDay.com and go have some buffalo wings while you watch some hoops.

You also can follow me on Twitter @MikeMillerNBC.

VIDEO: Marquette’s Henry Ellenson shows off his versatility

Marquette's Henry Ellenson is fouled by Providence's Ben Bentil as he drives to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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I’m on record saying that I would consider Marquette freshman Henry Ellenson if I had the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft, and while, at this point, I think that Brandon Ingram is probably going to end up going No. 2 — (Maybe No. 1???) — I still believe that Ellenson is going to be one of the best players from this draft class.

Why?

Well, just take a look at these highlights from the 26-point, 16-rebound performance he had in a win over Providence last night.

Then remember that Ellenson is 6-foot-11:

POSTERIZED: Pensacola State’s Jamal Thomas dunks through block attempt, makes coach go nuts

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A solid poster dunk went down in the junior college ranks last night as Pensacola State sophomore Jamal Thomas finished a dunk through a block attempt against Northwest Florida State.

The 6-foot-3 Thomas used his power and momentum to go through the opposing shot blocker and the play made his head coach, Pete Pena, go nuts with an over-exaggerated fist pump. The video is short, but be sure to watch for Pena’s reaction near the logo at the top right of the screen.