A Point to Be Made: Final Four Preview
The 2009 Final Four in Detroit, Michigan, will feature one of the best point guard combinations in the history of the tournament.
All four teams have stars at the position who are not only great players, they are playing at a very high level. Each one of them has carried their team at some point during the Big Dance.
Which one will step up and take over in Motown? I can't wait to find out!
Scottie Reynolds: Shot Heard Round the World
Villanova Wildcats - Junior
2008-'09 Season Averages: 15.2 Points, 3.3 Assists, 2.7 Turnovers
40% FG, 35% 3, 82% Free Throw
2009 Tournament Averages: 12.5 points per game (16-18 Free Throws)
Tournament Highlight: Scored 15 points in Elite Eight, including historical game-winner with under a second to go against Pittsburgh.
Note: A starter since coming to Villanova, Reynolds touched up Seton Hall for 40 points, to go with eight other games in which he scored 20 points or more this season.
Ty Laswon: Healthy, Hungry and Fast
North Carolina Tar Heels - Junior
2008-'09 Season Averages: 16.3 Points, 6.5 Assists, 1.8 Turnovers
54% FG, 45% 3, 81.5% Free Throw
2009 Tournament Averages: 20.3 Points, 6.6 Assists, .6 Turnovers (7-11 from behind the three point arc)
Tournament Highlight: After missing the Tar Heels opening round game
against Radford, Lawson answered all questions with his 23 point, six assist game vs. LSU in round two.
Note: In 2008-'09, Lawson scored 19 points or more 12 times, enroute to becoming ACC Player of the Year.
Kalin Lucas: Spartan Tough
Michigan State Spartans - Sophomore
2008-'09 Season Averages: 14.6 Points, 4.6 Assists, 2.1 Turnovers
39.4% FG, 38.8 % 3, 81.4% Free Throws
2009 Tournament Averages: 12.7 points, 5.5 asists, 2.5 turnovers (4-10 from 3 point land)
Tournament Highlight: Posted 18 points, seven assists and four steals against
Kansas in the Sweet 16, taking over down the stretch.
Note: Scored 20 or more points in a game this season eight times, and was named Big Ten Player of the Year.
A.J. Price: The Price is Right for UCONN
Connecticut Huskies - Senior
2008-'09 Season Averages: 14.7 Points, 4.8 Assists, 2.7 Turnovers 41% FG, 40.3% 3, 72% Free Throw
2009 Tournament Averages: 20 Points, 5.2 Assists, 3.2 Turnovers (18 rebounds in four games)
Tournament Highlight: In a dog fight against Texas A&M in the second round,
Price stepped up scoring 27 points to go with eight assists.
Note: Price is having a fabulous tournament so far. He scored over 20 points, eight times this season, most of which came in the second half of the year, including 36 vs. Marquette.
Appears fully recovered from offseason knee surgery.