March Madness: All-Solid Gold players
Now that we have gone from 65 teams down to the Sweet 16, it is time to look at the star players: the creme de la creme of the first two rounds of the Big Dance.
Here is my All-Solid Gold group, guys who have performed well and helped their squads move on in the tourney.
These players were All-Solid Gold in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament.
|Ali Faroukhmanesh||Northern Iowa|
|Jacob Pullen||Kansas State|
|Omar Samhan||St. Mary's|
Let's start with St. Mary's center Omar Samhan. In two tournament wins, he has totaled 61 points and hit 24-of-32 from the field while grabbing 19 boards. Samhan, who averaged a double-double in the regular season, has dominated in victories over two good teams: Richmond and Villanova.
Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen had 15 points in the opening game against North Texas. Then he put on a show against BYU, hitting seven trifectas while finishing with 34 points.
Baylor's LaceDarius Dunn has had a fine season. The starting guard came through with 26 big points in a win over Old Dominion in round two.
Northern Iowa's Ali Faroukhmanesh has made big shots late in wins over UNLV and the stunning upset of Kansas. He doesn't have a fear of failing and his performance earned him a spot on my All-Solid Gold squad.
Syracuse forward Wes Johnson was the premier All-Marco Polo this season. He scored 18 vs. Vermont and followed it up with a career-high 31 points and 14 boards against Gonzaga. Johnson hit 11-of-16 from the floor against the Zags.
Xavier's Jordan Crawford put up 55 points in the first two games, wins over Minnesota and Pittsburgh.
Cornell has been a pleasant surprise as a No. 12 seed. Louis Dale has 47 points in two games.
There you have it, the All-Solid Gold team for the first two rounds of the tourney. We'll see how many of these guys can make it to the All-Solid Gold group through the Elite Eight!