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NBA upholds DeMarcus Cousins’ one-game suspension

DeMarcus Cousins doesn’t need to worry about a Mardi Gras hangover.

The Pelicans center had been having fun Tuesday down in New Orleans, and he’ll get Wednesday off after the NBA upheld his one-game suspension for receiving his 18th technical foul this season.

He’ll sit out the Pelicans’ home game Wednesday against the Pistons.

Cousins received the 18th technical Sunday. He appealed the decision, but it was upheld Tuesday, the league announced.

I don’t feel I did anything wrong to receive it, Cousins said after Sunday’s game. Hopefully the league handles it the right way, and hopefully I get the benefit of the doubt. So we’ll see.

Every year, the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament leads to overreactions from people seeing players around the country for the first time. It’s understandable 鈥?fans and spectators want to see players perform on the biggest stage. The NCAA Tournament can absolutely help players get their names out there for that reason.
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With that being said, the tournament is an important set of high-leverage games for potential NBA players to show their stuff. Here are the players who helped themselves this weekend, as well as a few that hurt themselves with poor performances.