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4/01/2008 12:11:00 PM
Presenting ... The All-Second-Weekend Team
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NEW YORK -- There was only one rule when I chose the All-First-Weekend Team: all of the players had to still be alive in the tournament. For the Second-Weekend Team I was willing to make one exception, for no all-star squad from this dance would be complete without Davidson's Stephen Curry. His script lacked a fairy-tale ending -- or even a chance to take the game's final shot against Kansas -- but Curry will no doubt have a prominent place in the One Shining Moment montage, as the tourney's biggest breakout star.
G: Stephen Curry, Soph., Davidson 33 points, four assists vs. Wisconsin; 25 points, three assists vs. Kansas
Talk about underplaying your effectiveness: "What I do best is run around like a little kid off screens," Curry said last Friday. "... It's nothing special that I do. I just get screens and when I'm open, I get the ball. I have a lot of confidence to shoot it."
G: Derrick Rose, Fr., Memphis 27 points, five assists, one turnover vs. Michigan State; 21 points, six rebounds, nine assists, two turnovers vs. Texas
Penny Hardaway on Rose, following the Elite Eight game: "He's as good as me, easily. He's athletic, he's strong, he makes it happen."
G: Chris Douglas-Roberts, Jr., Memphis 25 points, five rebounds vs. Michigan State; 25 points, three rebounds vs. Texas
The Tiger with the "old-man" game put up 50 points in Houston, ensuring that his cross-over moves would be on display in San Antone.
F: Kevin Love, Fr., UCLA 29 points, 14 rebounds vs. Western Kentucky; 19 points, 10 boards vs. Xavier
Loved this Sean Miller quote on Love: "He looks like he's 25 years old when's playing. I will use this analogy to describe him, it is not really fair, but when you played in college many years ago, you would play against Athletes in Action [an exhibition team]. And those guys, they made the game look so easy like they had been playing for 25 years. Obviously at a much higher level, [Love] makes the game look easy. He's got great hands, [and he's] very efficient, smart. Has no ability to get rattled, which for a freshman is amazing."
F: Tyler Hansbrough, Jr., North Carolina 18 points, nine rebounds vs. Washington State; 28 points, 13 boards vs. Louisville
Psycho T wasn't the least bit bothered by the 'Ville's David Padgett. Next victims: Kansas' Sasha Kaun, Darrell Arthur and Darnell Jackson.
Sixth Man: Mario Chalmers, Jr., Kansas 14 points, three steals, four assists vs. Villanova; 13 points, two steals, two assists vs. Davidson
In the first half against Davidson, coach Bill Self said, "Mario carried us when we didn't have any offense." His numbers may not have been gaudy in Detroit, but Chalmers was still KU's most valuable guard.