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Thursday, September 18, 2008
THE MAG.COM PRESENTS:
ALL WORLD POWER RANKINGS



Danny the Manny. Wow, that nickname won't stick.

WHEN IT COMES TO THE BEST MARCH MADNESS PERFORMANCES, WE'LL REMEMBER THE DANNY MANNING MIRACLE

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In our current issue, the College Basketball department page has a small piece on Davidson's Stephen Curry, who'll be shifting to PG this season. Reading about Curry got us fired up again for college hoops; heck, Midnight Madness is roughly a month away. Curry's performance last March was epic: takes down Georgetown, takes down Wisconsin ("SPIDER MAN!") and then comes close to beating eventual champion Kansas. Was it the best NCAA Tourney performance ever? To quote Royal Tenenbaums: "Good Lord no!" What was? Let's take a look. Caveat: we tended to favor guys who defined themselves in the Dance, not guys who had amazing pro careers as well.

TOP 5
RANK (YESTERDAY) WHAT WHY
1 (14) DANNY MANNING (1988) The team was nicknamed 'Danny and the Miracles.' That's pretty much all you need to know.
2 (41) GLEN RICE (1989) Controversial at No. 2, to be sure. Our logic: he's probably better known for Michigan's '89 run than anything he did in the NBA, so this represents an apex of his career in some respects. Additionally, he scored 184 points across the six victories, which is the best single-tournament scoring performance ever.
3 (217) BILL BRADLEY (1965) Full disclosure: we once wrote an essay in grade school calling Bradley "our hero." Still, Princeton in the Final Four? Wouldn't have happened without Bradley: 177 points in five games, including 58 in the consolation game.
4 (127) CHRISTIAN LAETTNER (1992) Same logic as Rice: better known for anything he did in the Dance than the pro level. His '92 Regional Final game against Kentucky was absolutely incredible: 10-of-10 from the field, 10-of-10 from the line and the most famous shot in NCAA Tournament history at the buzzer. Bobby Hurley won Final Four MVP that year, but Grant Hill said of Laettner in that game: "I felt like I was watching Redford in The Natural."
5 (899) PERVIS ELLISON (1986) Again, much better known for his NCAA Tournament performance than anything else. Although Carmelo later did the "frosh-shall-lead-them-and-win-MVP-in-the-process" thing, Ellison's was the first occurence since 1944 and got him a decently cool nickname ("Never Nervous.")

HONORABLE MENTION
RANK (YESTERDAY) WHAT WHY
18 (144) AUSTIN CARR (1970) Sneaks on here. He only played in three Tournament games that year, but he averaged 52.7 points per in those three contests. That's not a typo.
28 (459) BILL WALTON (1973) This should be higher, but we slid it because of Walton's pro success as well. You can't ignore Walton '73, though: 21-for-22 in the title game (44 points) and 41 rebounds in the Final Four and title game combined.

RISING AND FALLING
MOVEMENT WHAT
STEPHEN CURRY (Can he do it again?)
TYLER HANSBROUGH (He personally played well in the Kansas loss, but let's hope nothing like this happens again to UNC.)