NCAA Tournament: All-Second Round Team

Andrew KneelandSenior Writer IMarch 23, 2008

Now that everyone officially has a busted bracket, let's bring out a different kind of contest: naming the All-Second Round Players.

I know, I know, it isn't the same as predicting the winners of the actual games, but I've long since given that up. 

I'm not basing this on anything except the player's performance in the second round. I know that this list won't be perfect, and should stir up a great debate in the comment section.

Well, here we go... 



Stephen Curry, Davidson 

My new favorite player. Not only did he get me a BR t-shirt, he helped the 10th seeded Wildcats advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Curry racked up 30 points in the win over Georgetown, and made nine of ten free throws late in the game to secure the win.

If you watched the game, you saw how controlled this young sophomore's emotions were. But after that buzzer sounder, boy, Curry couldn't stop smiling and jumping about.

This has got to be a tie. I can't decide between these two guys, so I'll just put them both.


Joe Mazzulla, West Virginia

I love to watch Mazzulla. Even though he played a crucial role in taking down my Duke Blue Devils, Mazzulla, a non-starter, almost reached a triple-double on Saturday.

Scoring 13 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, and dishing out eight assists is worthy of a spot on my All-Second Round team.



Courtney Lee, Western Kentucky 

We all knew that Western Kentucky would reach the Sweet Sixteen, didn't we?

I sure didn't, but Lee seemed to know where he was headed while he scored 29 points in route to a twelve point victory over San Diego. Lee also had seven rebounds and three steals.



Brook Lopez, Stanford 

One of the two Twin Towers at Stanford, Brook Lopez scored the game-winning basket on an amazing shot with just 1.3 seconds remaining. Stanford went to Brook various times late in the game, and he delivered in the clutch.

Lopez scored 30 points in the game, but surprisingly the seven-footer collected only four rebounds.



Kevin Love, UCLA 

Love, who averaged a double-double this season, added yet another to his resume on Saturday. Not surprisingly, Love scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Add seven swats to that and you have a top notch performance.

Despite not pulling away from Texas A&M until late (actually, they never really pulled away), the 19-year-old Love played like a senior on Saturday night.


Honorable Mentions 

Darren Collison

Michael Beasley

Trevon Hughes 

Drew Lavender

Kyle Weaver

Joe Alexander

Jerel McNeal