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The MikeFahmie.Com All-1st Weekend Team

Monday March 23, 2009

By Mike Fahmie


One weekend of the 2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is in the books, and what was once a field of 65 now stands at only 16.  A few players have stepped up when it was all on the line, leading their teams to momentous wins, or at least doing all they could to prevent defeat.  But who’s been the best, rising above the rest?  Lets take a look at the MikeFahmie.Com First Weekend All-Tourney Team:


1st Team

Cole Aldrich, C, Kansas:  There are plenty of outstanding big men you could have rattled off before the tournament began.  From Thabeet to Blair, from Griffin to Hansbrough, plenty of names came to mind.  But now, it’s the little spoken about Aldrich who has fans in the Great Plains dreaming of a repeat.  Aldrich leads all players with 16.5 boards/game and 6 blocks/game in the Jayhawks wins over North Dakota State and Dayton.  His triple-double against the Flyers is the biggest weekend Bill Self’s team is returning to the Sweet 16.

Blake Griffin, F, Oklahoma: No surprise here as Griffin dominated two teams with little presence in the paint.  Morgan State and Michigan were little trouble for the sophomore sensation, who looks to be using the tournament to boost his already sky-high NBA stock.  His 30 ppg and 15 rpg average is hard to argue heading into the Sooner’s sweet 16 showdown with the ‘Cuse.

Wayne Ellington, F, UNC:  With Ty Lawson hurting, the Tar Heels needed somebody to step up.  Ellington has done just that, posting a 24 point average in NC’s two wins.

Ben Woodside, G, North Dakota St:  The Bison gave Kansas a bit of a scare in the first round, and Woodson is the reason why.  The Senior put up 37 points in the loss, the best performance of the opening weekend.

A.J. Abrams, G, Texas:  Abrams tore Minnesota apart in their opening win, bombing threes from every which direction.  He couldn’t quite get the ‘Horns past Duke in round two however, brining a brilliant campaign to a saddening end.

Jim Boeheim, Coach, Syracuse: The Orange just got done playing about a million minutes in NYC, and don’t look warn out at all.  While Boehiem gets to be the name on the award, the medical staff gets just as much credit.  Their patented zone defense should give Oklahoma fits in the Sweet 16.


2nd Team

DeJuan Blair, C/F, Pitt:  The dominant big man hasn’t disappointed through the first weekend, averaging a double-double in the Panthers two wins.  He’ll need to continue his dominance if the top-seeds in the East hope to get past Xavier.

Jeff Adrien, F, UConn:  Adrien is a key X factor for the Huskies march to Detroit.  He’ll need to continue his ways if they hope to get past Purdue on Thursday.

Sam Young, F, Pitt:  The freakishly athletic Young has imposed his will on the lesser competition thus far, averaging 23 points in their two wins.  Should be interesting to see if he can get up once the talent pool starts to even up. 

Marcus Thornton, G, LSU:  One of the nation’s most underrated players stepped up again for the Tigers.  Thornton put a mammoth effort up in their win over butler, and followed it up by putting a scare into UNC before the Tigers eventually bowed out.

Nic Wise, G, Arizona: The 12th seeded Wildcats are Sweet 16 bound thanks to the efforts of the Junior guard.  For the third time in four years, the assumed last team in the dance will be playing during the tourney’s second weekend.

Ken McDonald, Head Coach, Western Kentucky: In his first season at the helm, McDonald lead a team with a slew of new faces to the brink of a return trip to the Sweet 16.  Their win over Illinois was one of the few upsets over the weekend, and they nearly missed pulling the biggest when Gonzaga stole the second round showdown in the game’s final minutes.

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