It took until the final hours of Friday night before March Madness started living up to its moniker. #12 Wisconsin came back late to upend #5 Florida St in overtime, and #13 Cleveland State added further misery to the ACC by knocking off Wake Forest. The Vikings pretty much owned Wake Forest from the opening tip, and while Cedric Jackson doesn't make CHN's All-First Round team, he deserves to be mentioned.
CollegeHoops.net First Round MOP
Roburt Sallie, Memphis
35 points, four rebounds, three steals, 10-15 3Pts
Hard to say what is more shocking - that Memphis almost got beat by CS Northridge or that the Tigers’ star of the day was little-used Roburt Sallie. To put his dream performance into perspective - he only had 36-points combined in his previous nine games leading up to the Northridge tilt. If Coach Cal’s crew plan on needing an encore performance from Sallie they might be in trouble.
CollegeHoops.net All-First Round Team
Roburt Sallie, Memphis, G
Marcus Thornton, LSU, G
30 points, six board, four assists, four steals
It took a stat-sheet-stuffer from Thornton, who also hit 10-15 shots, to knock off a very good Butler team.
Sherron Collins, Kansas, G
32 points, eight assists, four rebounds
North Dakota State’s Ben Woodside (37 points) might have won the personal battle, but Collins led his team to victory.
Chris Wright, Dayton, F
27 points, 10 rebounds, 10-16 FGs
Basketball aficionados already knew that Chris Wright was a very good player. Now the rest of the hoops nation knows also, as his highly efficient performance bounced Bob Huggins and company from the tourney.
DeJuan Blair, Pittsburgh, F/C
27 points, 16 board, three assists
ETSU pretty much had an answer for everything Pitt threw at them, except for its Beast From the East Blair. Not much to be ashamed of there - no one has had an answer for the 270-pounder this season.