Selection show reactions from across the country (VIDEO)

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One of the more entertaining aspects of Selection Sunday is to watch the reaction of programs seeing their name come up on the television screen. While making the tournament can be the minimal expectation for some teams, for others those few seconds on TV mean a little bit more.

Here are a few reactions from Sunday:

Cal Poly, which entered the Big West tournament with an 10-19 record before winning three straight to take the conference’s automatic bid, will be making the school’s first-ever Division I NCAA tournament appearance. And as expected the Mustangs are off to Dayton, needing a win over Texas Southern to earn a shot at Midwest Region top-seed Wichita State. (Video credit: SLO Tribune)

Harvard’s making its third consecutive appearance, and they’ll take on five-seed Cincinnati in an East Region matchup in Spokane on Thursday. Having been down the road before, the Crimson went with a more subdued reaction to seeing their name on the screen. (Video credit: Harvard Athletics)

Also among the more subdued reactions was that of Colorado, which is making its fourth consecutive appearance under head coach Tad Boyle. The Buffaloes didn’t have to wait long to hear their name called either, as they’ll play nine-seed Pittsburgh in a South Region matchup. (Video credit: Boulder Daily Camera)

Milwaukee held a viewing party for its team, and the Horizon League tournament champions will be headed to Buffalo for their NCAA tournament opener. The 15-seed in the East, Rob Jeter’s Panthers will play two-seed Villanova on Thursday.

Mercer is making its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1985, and they’ll play three-seed Duke in a Midwest region matchup in Raleigh. The fans in attendance even broke out the “I Believe” chant after learning of their team’s next game. (Video credit: Mid-Georgia Telegraph)

And lastly there are the Arizona managers, who decided to have a little fun after finding out (officially) that their team would be the one-seed in the West:

Other reactions: Nebraska, N.C. State.

Louisville backcourt struggles in first scrimmage

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While a few teams did manage to hold special events for the official start of practice this weekend, most simply went about their business with drills and conditioning. One team that was the exception to all of this was Louisville, which held the first of its two intersquad scrimmages on Saturday. The Cardinals had a head start of sorts on the season, as they played six exhibition games in Puerto Rico this summer.

One hope heading into Saturday’s scrimmage was that guards Trey Lewis and Quentin Snider would have better chemistry than they did in Puerto Rico. But according to Jeff Greer of the Louisville Courier-Journal, that remains a work in progress for the Cleveland State transfer (Lewis) and rising sophomore (Snider).

They struggled in Puerto Rico, and they struggled again in Saturday’s Red-White scrimmage, the first public intrasquad practice since August. They played one half of the game together, paired with the presumed starting lineup with Mangok Mathiang out with an eye injury, a group that also included Damion Lee, Jaylen Johnson and Chinanu Onuaku.

That team lost the first half by 13 points to a younger group of Louisville players, and Lewis and Snider combined for eight points on 3-of-12 shooting, five turnovers, five steals, four assists and three rebounds.

“I thought (Snider) and (Lewis) did not play well together,” U of L coach Rick Pitino said. “They’ve got to get used to that. Neither guy made other guys better. That’s what they need to learn to do.”

As Greer also noted in his story the Cardinals have in recent years employed backcourt tandems in which both guards are capable of making plays for themselves and others. On the 2013 national champion team Peyton Siva and Russ Smith led the way, with Smith being joined by Terry Rozier or Chris Jones the following season and Rozier/Jones being the grouping last season before the latter was dismissed from the team.

Once Jones was dismissed Snider saw more time on the court, and his development was one of the keys for a Louisville team that fell one win short of the Final Four. Louisville needs him to take another step forward heading into the 2015-16 season, because even with Lewis’ experience at the Division I level Snider has more experience playing in Pitino’s system.

But while Saturday’s scrimmage didn’t go as well as anyone involved hoped, there’s still plenty of time for Louisville to work out the kinks before they open the season November 13 against Samford.

Knee injury sidelines Memphis assistant

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With practices beginning this weekend, not only are players looking to avoid the injury bug but their coaches are as well. And in the case of Memphis, the Tigers won’t have one of their assistants on the court for a little while due to a knee injury.

Assistant coach Damon Stoudamire, who returned to Josh Pastner’s staff this summer after a two-year stint at Arizona, suffered the injury during a recent workout according to L. Jason Smith of the Memphis Commercial-Appeal. And Stoudamire will require surgery, which will put him on the shelf for a little bit.

“He was working out himself and I think he thought he was in his rookie year,” Pastner said. “We think he’s got a torn meniscus, which will require surgery and put him out for a couple of days.”

Stoudamire isn’t the only assistant coach working through pain either. Syracuse’s Mike Hopkins, who is also Jim Boeheim’s heir apparent as head coach, suffered a neck injury body surfing during a family vacation last month. Hopkins spent some time in a neck brace while putting players through workouts as a result of the injury.

As for the Tigers, they’ll have a mixture of experience on the perimeter and youth in the front court as they look to get back to the NCAA tournament after missing out last season. Among the newcomers are talented forwards Dedric and K.J. Lawson, with experienced guards such as Kedren Johnson, Trahson Burrell and Ricky Tarrant (grad transfer from Alabama) expected to be key contributors on the perimeter.