- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 25, 2008


“Tyler who?” - Davidson fan to a North Carolina fan after Stephen Curry starred in front of a UNC-dominated crowd in Raleigh


Chatter: Mark Zuckerman and Ben Goessling keep you updated on the Nationals’ roster moves from the last week of spring training in Viera, Fla.

TAKE YOUR PICK: Which No. 1 seed is the most likely to stumble short of the Final Four?

A: UCLA - The Bruins escaped again Saturday night against Texas A&M; thanks to another last-minute no-call. For a team with such an embarrassment of riches, nobody has played down to the level of its opponents so often.

B. Memphis - Coach John Calipari and Co. looked shaky Sunday afternoon against the playground bunch from Mississippi State.

C. Kansas - Nobody is playing better defensively, but coach Bill Self still engenders plenty of big-game uncertainty.

D. North Carolina - Yeah, right. Two routs and now the Tar Heels head to comfy Charlotte, N.C.

Our Take: B ” There’s no question Memphis has the toughest remaining road to San Antonio with Tom Izzo’s blue-collar Michigan State bunch and the Texas/Stanford winner both straddling the Tigers’ path. Beware the Longhorns, who boast perhaps the hottest trio in the land (D.J. Augustin, A.J. Abrams and Damion James) and already boast victories over UCLA, Tennessee and Kansas. On the flipside, the Bruins basically have a bye into the Final Four and are still our pick to snip the nets in San Antonio.


1. Larry Bird, Indiana State - 30.3 points, 53.3 field goal shooting, 82.2 free throw shooting. Transferred from Indiana and led the little-known Sycamores to the national title game.

2. J.J. Redick, Duke - 19.9 points, 47.1 2-point shooting, 40.6 3-point shooting, 91.2 free throw shooting. But the No. 1 most reviled shooter of all time.

3. Chris Mullin, St. John’s - 19.5 points, 55.0 field goal shooting, 84.8 free throw shooting. Master of the midrange jumper before Rip Hamilton.

4. Rick Mount, Purdue - 32.3 points, 48.4 field goal shooting, 84.3 free throw shooting. Keeps Pete Maravich off the list with higher percentages.

5. Stephen Curry, Davidson - 25.7 points, 54.0 2-point shooting, 44.4 3-point shooting, 88.8 free throw shooting. Why just fifth? He’s only a sophomore.

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