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2009 NCAA Tournament Player Pool: Update #2

Sun, 03/29/2009 - 8:49pm

On March 19th we explained the rules to our "battle of the sites" contest between NBADraft.net and NBA based sister site HoopsDaily.com. Now with just 3 tourney games left, the outcome is becoming clearer: Team HoopsDaily.com holds a commanding 90 point lead at 1453 points to 1363 and a one player advantage heading into the final four.

Here are the results (both team and individual) thus far:

Team HoopsDaily.com

Jon Pastuszuk Joshua Motenko Mark Priaulx
Aran Smith
B.Griffin (28,33,30,23) Teague (10) Evans (15,19,33) Blair (27,10,10,20)
Price 20,27,15,18 Thabeet 20,6,15,5 Flynn (16,11,22) Ellington 25,23,19,9
Green 15,8,13,18 Lawson 0,23,19,19 Cunningham 25,18,14,14 Fields (6,13,14,10)
Ruoff (9) Harden (9,10) Reynolds 8,11,16,15 Walker 10,8,5,23
Johnson (22) Hill (17,16,14) Devendorf (10,21,8) Heytvelt, (22,10 14)
Lyons (23,18,15,13) A.Anderson (13,2,18) Taggart (8,14,9) T. Griffin (18,7,9,4)
Bouldin (12,20,7) Pargo, (9,18,16) McNeal (14,30) DeRozan (18,18)
Randle (14) Daye (10,10,10) Abrams (26,17) Aminu (17)
401 pts,
2 remaining
289 pts,
2 remaining
394 pts,
2 remaining
369 pts,
2 remaining

1453 points
8 players remaining

Team NBADraft.net

Borko Popic Brian Cerone Adam Ganeles Adi Joseph
Hansbrough 22,15,24,8
Young (14,32,19,28) Warren (16,16,6,18) Henderson (13,24,7)
Clark (12,12,19,19) Adrien 13,23,8,12 T.Williams (13,24,14,5) Douglas (26)
Singler (10,17,15) Samuels (15,13,14,0) Carroll (13,15,17,12) Lucas 13,10,18,10
Collins (32,25,20) Scheyer (15,13,13) J.Anderson (10,15) Butler (12)
Thompson 6,6,5,10 Dozier (6,17,19) I.Thomas (9,24) Hummel (9,7,17)
Aldrich (23,13,17) Budinger (20,15,22) Christmas (29) Maynor (21)
Pendergraph (22,9) Brockman (10,20) Fisher 11,13,6,9 Collison (10,15)
Morgan 16,3,4,0 Robinson 24,12,10,13 J. Smith (7,6,16,8) Wilkinson (15)
384 pts,
3 remaining
420 pts,
2 remaining
332 pts,
1 remaining
227 pts,
1 remaining

1363
7 players remaining

Individual Scoreboard

Brian Cerone
Jon Pastuszuk
Mark Priaulx
Borko Popic Aran Smith Adam Ganeles Joshua Motenko Adi Joseph
Young (93) B. Griffin (114) Evans (67) Hansbrough 69
Blair (67) Warren (56) Teague (10) Henderson (44)
Adrien 56 Price 80 Flynn (49) Clark (62) Ellington 76 T. Williams (56) Thabeet 46 Douglas (26)
Samuels (42) Green 54 Cunningham 71 Singler (42) Fields (43) Carroll (57) Lawson 51 Lucas 51
Scheyer (41) Ruoff (9) Reynolds 50 Collins (77) Walker 46 J. Anderson (25) Harden (19) Butler (12)
Dozier (42) Johnson (22) Devendorf (39) Thompson 27 Heytvelt (46) Thomas (33) Hill (47) Hummel (33)
Budinger (57) Lyons (69) Taggart (31) Aldrich (53) T. Griffin (38) Christmas (29) A. Anderson (33) Maynor (21)
Brockman (30) Bouldin (39) McNeal (44) Pendergraph (31) DeRozan (36) Fisher 39 Pargo (43) Collison (25)
Robinson 59 Randle (14) Abrams (43) Morgan 23 Aminu (17) J. Smith (37) Daye (30) Wilkinson (15)
420 pts,
2 remaining
401 pts,
2 remaining
394 pts,
2 remaining
384 pts,
3 remaining
369 pts,
2 remaining
332 pts,
1 remaining
279 pts,
2 remaining
227 pts,
1 remaining


Top 10 scorers:

Blake Grffin (114)
Sam Young (93)
AJ Price 80
Sherron Collins (77)
Wayne Ellington 76
Dante Cunningham 71
Tyler Hansbrough 69
Leo Lyons (69)
DeJuan Blair (67)
Tyreke Evans (67)

Team HoopsDaily has 3 Tar Heels, 3 Huskies and 2 Wildcats, while Team NBADraft.net has 2 Tar Heels, 2 Huskies, 2 Spartans and 1 Wildcat. So a Michigan State-Villanova final would greatly benefit team NBADraft.net's chances.


Team Outlooks:

Brain Cerone's (420 points) Cerone's team beneftted greatly by having Sam Young fall to him at 4. He also made a phenominal choice in the last round grabbing 59 point scoring Stanley Robinson who is still adding to his total. Even with no Sam Young, Cerone's duo of Adrien and Robinson could be enough to push him over the finish line. Should Michigan State upset UConn, it will likely open the door wide for another team to win it. With a 19 point lead and 2 dependable scorers left and likely to play 2 games, this team has a strong chance of winning.

Mark Priaulx (401 points) This team is just 19 points off the pace. If Villanova can somehow pull the upset over the Tar Heels, this team will have a real shot at winning with Nova's top 2 scorers. Without a Nova win, it's hard to imagine this team scoring enough to get the win.

Jon Pastuszek (394 points) Pastuszek's team could end up with the top two overall scorers in the tournament with Blake Griffin and the leader among players still alive, AJ Price. With possibly the most firepower left in Price and Green, this team could come from behind and make up the 26 points should UConn and UNC meet in the final.

Borko Popic (384 points) The only team left with more than 2 players, this team could greatly benefit from some bounce back performances from final pick Raymar Morgan. Just 4 points in the past 2 rounds is not getting the job done. Stanley Robinson's 36 point lead over Morgan is exactly the point differential between Popic's team and first place Cerone's team. With Hansbrough and Thompson, this team could definitely climb to first place, particularly if Michigan State can upset UConn.

Aran Smith (369 points) With Villanova beating Pitt, my chances of winning went up in smoke. And with Sam Young consistently outscoring Fields and Blair combined, this team would have had a near impossible job of reeling in the first place team anyway. The criticized third and fourth round picks of Fields and Walker could have been better selections, however combined they actually outscored all but two team's 3rd and 4th rounders. This team has a good shot to overtake Priaulx's squad if UConn and UNC meet in the final, but with 51 points to make up on the leader, this team has little chance of winning.

Adam Ganeles (332 points) Ganeles doesn't have much hope for improvement with just one player (Corey Fisher) left and 37 points off the pace. This team had a lot of explosive scorers, but ultimately fell short as those player's teams were eliminated.

Joshua Motenko (279 points) Motenko has a shot to move up to sixth place with 2 very live players still going. 53 points behind, should Lawson and Thabeet both have big games in the final four and championship game, it's possible he could score close to 100 points and move into 6th place.

Adi Joseph (227 points) Joseph needs Kalin Lucas to singlehandedly outscore Hasheem Thabeet and Ty Lawson in order to make up ground on the second to last place finisher. 52 points behind, that has about as much chance of happening as the Lions winning the superbowl next year.


Draft Results

Here was how the draft went down:


1. BP: Tyler Hansbrough, No. 1 North Carolina
2. JP: Blake Griffin, No. 2 Oklahoma
3. JM: Jeff Teague, No. 4 Wake Forest
4. BC: Sam Young, No. 1 Pittsburgh
5. AG: Willie Warren, Oklahoma
6. AJ: Gerald Henderson, No. 2 Duke
7. MP: Tyreke Evans, No. 2 Memphis
8. AS: DeJuan Blair, Pittsburgh

9. AS: Wayne Ellington, North Carolina
10. MP: Jonny Flynn, No. 3 Syracuse
11. AJ: Toney Douglas, No. 5 Florida State
12. AG: Terrence Williams, No. 1 Louisville
13. BC: Jeff Adrien, No. 1 Connecticut
14. JM: Hasheem Thabeet, Connecticut
15. JP: A.J. Price, Connecticut
16. BP: Earl Clark, Louisville

17. BP: Kyle Singler, Duke
18. JP: Danny Green, North Carolina
19. JM: Ty Lawson, North Carolina
20. BC: Samardo Samuels, Louisville
21. AG: DeMarre Carroll, No. 3 Missouri
22. AJ: Kalin Lucas, No. 2 Michigan State
23. MP: Dante Cunningham, No. 3 Villanova
24. AS: Levance Fields, Pittsburgh

25. AS: Kemba Walker, Connecticut
26. MP: Scottie Reynolds, Villanova
27. AJ: DaSean Butler, No. 6 West Virginia
28. AG: James Anderson, No. 8 Oklahoma State
29. BC: Jon Scheyer, Duke
30. JM: James Harden, No. 6 Arizona State
31. JP: Alex Ruoff, West Virginia
32. BP: Sherron Collins, No. 3 Kansas

33. BP: Deon Thompson, North Carolina
34. JP: James Johnson, Wake Forest
35. JM: Jordan Hill, No. 12 Arizona
36. BC: Robert Dozier, Memphis
37. AG: Isaiah Thomas, No. 4 Washington
38. AJ: Robbie Hummel, No. 5 Purdue
39. MP: Eric Devendorf, Syracuse
40. AS: Josh Heytvelt, No. 4 Gonzaga

41. AS: Taylor Griffin, Oklahoma
42. MP: Shawn Taggart, Memphis
43. AJ: Eric Maynor, No. 11 Virginia Commonwealth
44. AG: Dionte Christmas, No. 11 Temple
45. BC: Chase Budinger, Arizona
46. JM: Antonio Anderson, Memphis
47. JP: Leo Lyons, Missouri
48. BP: Cole Aldrich, Kansas

49. BP: Jeff Pendergraph, Arizona State
50. JP: Matt Bouldin, Gonzaga
51. JM: Jeremy Pargo, Gonzaga
52. BC: Jon Brockman, Washington
53. AG: Corey Fisher, Villanova
54. AJ: Darren Collison, No. 6 UCLA
55. MP: Jerel McNeal, No. 6 Marquette
56. AS: DeMar DeRozan, No. 10 Southern Cal

57. AS: Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest
58. MP: A.J. Abrams, No. 7 Texas
59. AJ: Gary Wilkinson, No. 11 Utah State
60. AG: Jerry Smith, Louisville
61. BC: Stanley Robinson, Connecticut
62. JM: Austin Daye, Gonzaga
63. JP: Jerome Randle, No. 7 California
64. BP: Raymar Morgan, Michigan State
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