2008-'09 College Basketball Preview: Awards and NCAA Tournament

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent INovember 30, 2008

Player of the Year Candidates

1) Tyler Hansbrough, F/C - North Carolina, Sr.
2) Stephen Curry, G - Davidson, Jr.
3) Blake Griffin, F - Oklahoma, So.
4) Darren Collison, G - UCLA, Sr.
5) Hasheem Thabeet, C - Connecticut, Jr.
6) Luke Harangody, F - Notre Dame, Jr.
7) Ty Lawson, G - North Carolina, Jr.
8) James Harden, G/F - Arizona State, So.
9) Tyler Smith, F - Tennessee, Jr.
10) A.J. Abrams, G - Texas, Sr.
11) Chase Budinger, F - Arizona, Jr.
12) B.J. Mullens, C - Ohio State, Fr.
13) Sam Young, F - Pittsburgh, Sr.
14) Robert Vaden, G/F - UAB, Sr.
15) Patrick Patterson, F/C - Kentucky, So.

Projected Sweet 16 and Elite 8

East Region (Boston)

(1) Connecticut over (5) UAB
(3) Texas over (2) Michigan State

(1) Connecticut over (3) Texas

West Region (Phoenix)

(1) UCLA over (5) Kentucky
(2) Notre Dame over (6) Ohio State

(2) Notre Dame over (1) UCLA

South Region (Memphis)

(1) North Carolina over (5) Arizona
(3) Tennessee over (2) Louisville

(1) North Carolina over (3) Tennessee

Midwest Region (Indianapolis)

(1) Pittsburgh over (4) Davidson
(2) Oklahoma over (3) Arizona State

(1) Pittsburgh over (2) Oklahoma

Projected Final Four (Detroit)

(1) North Carolina over (1) Pittsburgh
(1) Connecticut over (2) Notre Dame

(1) North Carolina over (1) Connecticut

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