SETH DAVIS'S Hoop Thoughts

March 27, 2006

The first tworounds had plenty of superlatives. Here's who came up big, fell short and madestatements


ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM (FIRST WEEK)

Roy Hibbert, C,Georgetown
7'2" sophomore outplayed Big Ten player of the year Terence Dials with 20points and 14 boards in second-round win over Ohio State

Joakim Noah, C,Florida
Sensational in all aspects of the game, 6'11" sophomore totaled 33 points,15 rebounds, 13 assists, nine blocks and five steals in two wins

Patrick O'Bryant,C, Bradley
A star was born on Sunday when Braves' 7-foot sophomore had a career game (28points, seven boards, two steals, one block) in win over Pittsburgh

Brandon Roy, G,Washington
6'6" senior displayed brilliant all-around game with 21 points, sevenrebounds and three assists against Illinois

Marcus Williams,G, UConn
Junior playmaker had 41 points, 16 assists and five turnovers in Huskies' twowins


MOST PLEASANT SURPRISES

Andre Allen, G,Memphis
Walk-on provided big lift off the bench with a combined 19 points and eightassists in two wins

P.J. Couisnard,G, Wichita State
Doubled his season average with 20 points (on 4-for-4 three-point shooting) inwin over Tennessee, adding nine rebounds and five assists

Justin Dentmon,G, Washington
Freshman point guard got the better of Dee Brown, with 13 points, six rebounds,four assists and no turnovers, as Huskies beat Illinois

Jean Felix, F,Alabama
Senior shattered career high of 19 points by exploding for 31 (hitting 8 of 11treys) in win over Marquette

Bobby Perry, F,Kentucky
Junior followed up career-high 25 in opener against UAB with 20 points andseven rebounds in loss to UConn


BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS

Dee Brown, G,Illinois
Shot Illini out of NCAAs with 18 attempts against Washington (making five),while getting to the line only three times

Shannon Brown, G,Michigan State
Averaged 17.2 points on 46.7% shooting this season before scoring just fivepoints (on 2-of-11 shooting) in loss to George Mason

MarcoKillingsworth, F, Indiana
Picked up fourth personal foul on a technical early in second half of loss toGonzaga and finished with 12 points, 5.1 below his average

Brandon Rush, G,Kansas
Freshman played like one in loss to Bradley, scoring nine points on 4-of-14shooting--the third time in last four games he failed to reach doubledigits

Reyshawn Terry,F, North Carolina
Besides enraging coach Roy Williams with lackadaisical defense, junior averagedjust 9.0 points and shot a combined 5 for 20 (2 of 10 treys) in two games


THREE-POINTER

1. Big Ten teams'inability to win away from home finally caught up with them. No league had alower winning percentage on the road this season, so it shouldn't be a bigsurprise that all six conference representatives failed to advance past thefirst weekend of the tournament.

2. The glass ishalf full at Connecticut. Instead of wondering why their team was challenged byAlbany and Kentucky, UConn fans should appreciate the Huskies' ability to wintough games when they're not playing well. That's the sign of a championshipteam.

3. Karl Hobbs ismost likely ticketed for Cincinnati. Bearcats representatives have already madeback-channel inquiries about the George Washington coach and hope to persuadeHobbs, a former assistant at Connecticut, to return to the Big East.

PHOTOGREG NELSONHibbert (55) had the upper hand in a pair of Hoyas wins.

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)