And then their were four. Pitt and Villanova put on a performance for the ages, with Scottie Reynolds buzzer-beating layup sure to be replayed for many years to come. While Reynolds was the man of the hour for Villanova, he wasn’t good enough to crack CHN’s five man All-Elite Eight squad.
CollegeHoops.net Elite Eight MOP
Kemba Walker, Connecticut
23 points, five assists, five boards
Watching UConn’s guard combo of A.J. Price and Kemba Walker performing during the Elite Eight, you’d be hard-pressed to correctly guess which one was the senior and which one the freshman. Walker’s poise in the face of Missouri’s unrelenting defense, not to mention his exquisite drives to the hoop, made all the difference for the Huskies.
CollegeHoops.net All-Elite Eight Team
Guard: Kemba Walker, Connecticut
Guard: Ty Lawson, North Carolina
19 points, five assists, five boards, three steals
You’d never guess Ty Lawson had a bum toe with his stellar play. He’s become a regular on these CHN honors lists.
Forward: DeJuan Blair, Pittsburgh
20 points, 10 boards, 9-9 FGs
A perfect night from the floor by DeJuan Blair wasn’t enough to stave off Reynolds and the Wildcats.
Forward: Blake Griffin, Oklahoma
23 points, 16 boards
That the Sooners were a one-man team was never more evident than in their Elite Eight contest versus North Carolina.
Center: Goran Suton, Michigan State
19 points, 10 boards, four assists
Goran Suton has stepped up in a big way for the Spartans in this tournament, and in the last two games he’s done it against a couple of future NBA pros in Cole Aldrich and Samardo Samuels.