TOUGHEST PLACE TOPLAY
"The fans get there early to start heckling you. It's like a zoo." ..."They have a nice, new arena. The student section is next to the court, andthe fans there say some creative stuff."
Rudy Gay, UCONN ...73%
"When he gets it on the fast break, you don't want to take a charge on him.The next thing you know you'll be on a poster somewhere." ... "Hisopen-court dunks are tremendous. And he's a high leaper."
Eric Hicks, CINCINNATI ...36%
"He looks like a pro wrestler. His arms are huge." ... "When hegrabs rebounds, he clears the lane out."
Carl Krauser, PITTSBURGH ...45%
"He tests you to see what's going on inside your head. If he sees he hascontrol, he'll keep talking."
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TEAM WITH MOSTRESPECT FOR ITS COACH
"When [Jim Calhoun] tells you to do something, you do it or you're comingout of the game." ... "He's a Hall of Famer. They have to listen to himif he's been that successful."
OPPOSING COACHYOU'D MOST LIKE TO PLAY FOR (TIE)
Jay Wright, VILLANOVA ...27%
"He uses the four-guard offense, and I like it when anybody who gets theball can go to the basket." ... "He gives his players a lot offreedom."
Jim Boeheim,SYRACUSE ...27%
"I love the way he talks and the way his teams play. His zone is very, verytough, and he seems like a great person." ... "He's had a lot ofsuccess, but seems pretty relaxed."
OPPOSING COACHYOU'D LEAST LIKE TO PLAY FOR
Jim Calhoun, UCONN ...36%
"His players go out there trying not to make a mistake instead of justplaying. They look immediately to the bench. You have to respect him, but Icouldn't play for him." ... "He criticizes his players toomuch."
Gerry McNamara, SYRACUSE ...27%
"He's always complaining to the refs."
MOST OVERRATEDPLAYER (TIE)
Rudy Gay, UCONN ...27%
"He gets a lot of credit for stuff that he hasn't done." ... "Withhis talent he could do much more." ... "He has the tools, but he'sguardable and inconsistent."
Gerry McNamara,SYRACUSE ...27%
"People said he'd be the conference player of the year, but he hasn't shownme anything."
BEST FUTURE PRO
Rudy Gay, UCONN
" He's so athletic, and he can do so much. He's 6'9" and can play aguard position." ... "He can shoot, he's a slasher, and he canrebound."
Gay's all-around game (15.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.8 blocks per game) drawsraves, but some wonder if he's playing up to his potential.