By lukewinn and Luke Winn
March 22, 2010

Omar Samhan

Omar Samhan and St. Mary\'s moved on to face Baylor in the Sweet 16. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The Tourney Blog's starting five from the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament ...

C: Omar Samhan, Sr., St. Mary's

11-of-16 shooting for 29 points, 12 rebounds vs. Richmond; 13-of-16 shooting for 32 points, seven rebounds vs. Villanova

The man with the curious YouTube handle has been the breakout star of this tournament, both for his ability to dominate in the paint and avoid clichés in press conferences. Coming into the dance, most of us expected its primary stars to be named Sherron and John; instead, we have Omar ... and Ali:

G: Ali Farokhmanesh, Sr., Northern Iowa

5-of-9 on threes, 17 points vs. UNLV; 4-of-10 on threes, 16 points vs. Kansas

There are guards in this tournament who have scored more than Farokhmanesh, but no one has displayed bigger onions. He can hit NBA-length threes to win games (against UNLV) ... he can hit no-no-yes threes to win games (against Kansas) ... and when he reads the line, "Where did you get that fish, he asked turtle?" to a bunch of elementary school kids, he knows to show them the picture:

G: Jacob Pullen, Jr., Kansas State

15 points, three assists, zero turnovers vs. North Texas; 7-of-12 on threes, 11-of-11 on free throws, 34 points, four steals vs. BYU

The second round was where Jimmer (BYU's Fredette) gave way to Jacob. The beard was lights-out from long-range against the Cougars, setting up a head-to-head battle in the Sweet 16 with a guard who's just as likely to go for 30:

G: Jordan Crawford, Soph., Xavier

28 points, six rebounds, five assists vs. Minnesota; 27 points, six rebounds vs. Pittsburgh

He wears the highest number available in college hoops (55) and can score in more ways than any go-to-guy left in the dance -- including on his now-famous laid-back finger roll.

G: Louis Dale, Sr., Cornell

21 points, seven assists vs. Temple; 10-of-17 shooting, 26 points, three assists vs. Wisconsin

Dale was the point man in a Big Red offense that surgically sliced up Wisconsin and Temple's vaunted defenses in Jacksonville. He also slipped a Friday Night Lights reference -- the "babies and memories" line -- into Saturday's press conference as an inside joke.

Sixth Man: Quincy Pondexter, Washington

18 points, 11 rebounds (five offensive) vs. Marquette; 18 points, five rebounds vs. New Mexico

He bulled his way to a game-winner against he Golden Eagles in the first round -- a shot that I'm still amazed that Lazar Hayward just stood in the lane and watched. Q-Pon now can claim a Sweet 16 appearance and a Nutcracker appearance in the same season:

Second Team All-Weekend:

G: Chris Kramer, Sr., Purdue

G: Evan Turner, Jr., Ohio State

F: Da'Sean Butler, Sr., West Virginia

F: Wes Johnson, Jr., Syracuse

F: Kyle Singler, Jr., Duke

Sixth Man: John Wall, Fr., Kentucky

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