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3/27/2007 10:01:00 AM

The Blog's All-Second Weekend Team

Taurean Green
Taurean Green (left) led the Gators into a rematch of the 2006 title game.
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Mike Conley quietly took home the South Region's MOP honors.
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We're going small for the Blog's All-Second Weekend Team: two point guards, two shooting guards, and one new-age Scottie Pippen.

That Pip'-styled power forward, Georgetown's Jeff Green, is the squad's captain, based on his game-winning bank shot to beat Vanderbilt and his 22-point effort in the comeback that stunned Carolina. He's also humble to the point of amusement: Standing against a wall outside the Hoyas' locker room on Sunday night, Green was asked about being named the East Region's Most Outstanding Player. He responded, in a completely genuine manner, "I was? Oh."

"I thought it would be [Georgetown freshman] DaJuan Summers, because he played his butt off. I'm surprised to get it."

You, Jeff, were the only one who was surprised. Now, for the rest of the team:

(A few criteria for selections: The first team was limited only to players who advanced to the Final Four, and the entire list was restricted to players who appeared in both the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight rounds.)

G: Taurean Green, Jr., Florida
Stats: 5-of-8 shooting (all threes), 17 points, 1 assist, zero turnovers vs. Butler; 5-of-12 shooting, 21 points, 3 assists, 3 turnovers vs. Oregon

Green buried five treys to help the Gators fend off Butler's upset bid -- and then outscored Al Horford and Jo Noah combined (they had 20) in the Midwest Region final.

G: Arron Afflalo, Jr., UCLA
Stats: 3-of-11 shooting (10-of-10 FTs), 17 points, 7 rebounds vs. Pitt; 10-of-15 shooting, 24 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 turnovers vs. Kansas

Kansas' vaunted backcourt got scorched by Afflalo in San Jose; can he now get revenge on Florida for the egg he laid in last year's title game?

G: Mike Conley, Fr., Ohio State
Stats: 4-of-10 shooting, 17 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 turnover, 2 steals vs. Tennessee; 5-of-11 shooting (9-of-10 FTs), 19 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 turnovers, 2 steals vs. Memphis

Most of the talk in San Antonio surrounded Greg Oden (and Joey Dorsey's verbal antagonizing of the big man) while Conley was quietly named the region's MOP.

G/F: Ron Lewis, Sr., Ohio State
Stats: 9-of-17 shooting, 25 points, 5 rebounds vs. Tennessee; 5-of-12 shooting (10-of-10 FTs), 22 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals vs. Memphis

Lewis, who toiled in obscurity for two years at Bowling Green, made a timely transfer, as he's now gunned the Buckeyes to within two wins of a national title.

F: Jeff Green, Jr., Georgetown
(CAPTAIN)
Stats: 7-of-11 shooting, 15 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 turnover vs. Vanderbilt; 10-of-17 shooting, 22 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 turnover vs. North Carolina

Where will Green's East Region MOP trophy go? Anywhere but his place. "I don't keep my trophies," he said.

Sixth Man: Jonathan Wallace, Jr., Georgetown
Stats: 3-of-8 shooting, 8 points, 4 assists, 0 turnovers vs. Vanderbilt; 7-of-11 shooting, 19 points, 7 assists, 1 turnover vs. North Carolina

Had Wallace made more noise against Vandy, he might trumped Green for team captain status. The guy whom Green called "our best player" committed just one turnover in 71 minutes played on Friday and Sunday, and hit the cold-blooded trey that sent the UNC game to overtime.

Second Team:


G: Lee Humphrey, Sr., Florida
G: Jeremy Hunt, Sr., Memphis (CAPTAIN)
F: DaJuan Summers, Fr., Georgetown
F: Joakim Noah, Jr., Florida
C: Greg Oden, Fr., Ohio State
Sixth Man: Tajuan Porter, Fr., Oregon

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Comments:

Posted: March 27, 2007 6:36 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
And you leave off Tylor who only averaged 22 points and 9 rebounds a game during the East Regional?

SJM in France
Posted: March 28, 2007 1:17 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Shouldn't the officials in this tournament get some consideration? If nothing else the 6th man MVP.
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