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Coolest Name in the NCAA tournament

Updated: April 5, 2011, 4:45 PM ET
By Thomas Neumann | Page 2

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"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."

-- William Shakespeare, "Romeo and Juliet"


That might be just fine in the world of romance. But did Shakespeare ever hear of Jalen Rose or Derrick Rose? Probably not, because if the Bard were a basketball fan, he likely would have focused the plot of "Romeo and Juliet" upon the Shammgod and Boumtje-Boumtje families instead of the Montagues and Capulets.

Because those names are much cooler and a lot more fun to say.

Since that reasoning almost makes sense, Page 2 is entrusting you, dear readers, with selecting the coolest player name in the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Our criteria for the best name is similar to how Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart described obscenity in 1964 -- you know it when you see it. A great basketball name should be fun to say, fun to spell or cool and unusual.

We've selected our 64 favorite player names from this year's NCAA tournament field -- feel free to blame the selection committee if your school got snubbed. Follow the results through each round of the bracket as the tournament progresses.

Editor's note: Voting in our bracket was completed on April 4. Scroll down to see how the bracket results played out.


• Click here to read Page 2's interview with the bracket champion


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