PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: Matt Dickey (R) #2 of the UNC Asheville Bulldogs reacts from the bench against the Syracuse Orange during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 15, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: Jared Sullinger #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes blocks a shot by Erik Etherly #24 of the Loyola Greyhounds during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 15, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

I’ve been waiting all winter to cover my first NCAA Tournament!

Ever since receiving an email from my assignment editor at Getty Images asking me to cover the second and third rounds of the NCAA Tournament, I’ve been looking forward to shooting the passion, emotion, and great action that one of the biggest events in sports, brings every year.

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: The West Virginia Mountaineers play the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 15, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

This year it came to my neck of the woods in Pittsburgh. Duquesne University hosted the tournament at Consol Energy Center (home of the Pittsburgh Penguins NHL team). It was a pretty cool transformation, both on the court and behind the scenes, for a venue that is typically an ice covered hockey rink.

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: Robert Sacre #0 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs reacts after a play against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 15, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

I can’t say enough to the crew who helped make the three days spent at the arena go so smoothly. First off, it was a pleasure working with Greg Shamus, an amazing, veteran photographer. Secondly, Joe Sargent, Pittsburgh Penguins photographer, was a big help in showing me around the venue he knows so well and offering a hand in setting up my overhead remote the day before round two began.

And last but not least, but probably the most important part of our team were our editors, Chris Chambers and Justin Heiman, as well as our runner, Abby Kraftowitz. Without them, our pictures would not have made it to the masses as efficiently and as successfully!

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 17: Fans of the Syracuse Orange wear giant masks with the likeness of Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim against the Kansas State Wildcats during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 17, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: Angel Rodriguez #13 of the Kansas State Wildcats passes the ball off while in midair around defenders Angelo Johnson #23 and Torye Pelham #15 of the Southern Miss Golden Eagles during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 15, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: Matt Dickey #2 of the UNC Asheville Bulldogs attempts to save the ball against Rakeem Christmas #25 of the Syracuse Orange during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 15, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: Head coach Jimmy Patsos of the Loyola Greyhounds talks to his players from the bench against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 15, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

Even though our site did not include any major upsets, there were still plenty of great moments to go around! After six games, here are some of my favorite images from my two days covering the NCAA Tournament in Pittsburgh. Enjoy!

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: Josh Seligson #11 of the UNC Asheville Bulldogs reacts after a play against the Syracuse Orange during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 15, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

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