All-Elite Eight Team & MOP

March 30th, 2009

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. 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. 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.