This was going to be the year it happened. This was going to be the year a 16 seed upset a one seed. I could just feel it. But instead, all four 16 seeds lost in underdog fashion.
Vermont was the last of the little guys to be sent home from the 2010 NCAA tournament. History must wait for another year as the Catamounts fell to Syracuse 79-56. Wes Johnson scored 18 points to lead five Syracuse players in double figures and shatter the common fan's hopes of an upset.
Vermont joins Lehigh, East Tennessee State, and Arkansas Pine-Bluff on the "Hey, at least we made it" train heading home. But before they return to their respected campuses with stories of John Wall, Cole Aldrich, and Wojo fondling Coach K under a clipboard, we must first reward them for their efforts and outstanding achievements...
2010 NCAA TOURNAMENT ALL-SIXTEEN SEED AWARDS
First Team All-Sixteen Seed
C.J. McCollom, Lehigh - 26 points, 7 rebounds
Marqus Blakely, Vermont - 17 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals
Micah Williams, East Tennessee State - 19 points, 5 rebounds
Zahir Carrington, Lehigh - 17 points, 6 rebounds
Justin Tubbs, East Tennessee State - 15 points, 5 rebounds
Coach of the Tournament: George Ivory, Arkansas Pine-Bluff - George Ivory's Golden Lions had just a day and a half to prepare for their shot at upset against the Duke Blue Devils. Emotions were high from Arkansas Pine-Bluff's dominating win in the play-in game but Ivory got his team to Providence (from Pine-Bluff) and had 'em ready to play.
Tournament MVP: C.J. McCollom, Lehigh - McCollum scored 26 points and showed absolutely no fear against the #1 team in the country.
Beat The Spread Award: Lehigh - The Mountain Hawks only trailed by single digits in the second half before finally falling to Kansas 90-74. The line was 26.
Best Looking Cheerleaders: East Tennessee State - This was a tough call but after polling the committee (my roommates), ETSU was the consensus.
Best Representation of Brotherly Love: Maurice Joseph, Vermont - Vermont's Maurice Joseph could've tried to prevent his younger brother, Syracuse's Kris Joseph, from taking it the rim. Instead, Maurice calmly lowered his head and let his baby bro throw one down on top of him.
Mr. Irrelevant: Winthrop - The Winthrop Eagles never set foot on an NCAA tournament site floor but the 65th ranked team (a 16.25 seed?) still made the bid dance.
Congratulations to the 16 seeds on successful seasons.
The wait for the upset continues...
All-Sixteen Seed Awards
Posted on: March 20, 2010 1:11 am
Edited on: March 20, 2010 1:26 am