On Friday, the No. 3-seeded Syracuse Orange will play No. 14 Indiana St. Sycamores in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament . During the contest (9:57 p.m. on truTV) the Orange will feature some recognizable names like Rick Jackson, the Big East Conference Defensive Player Of The Year, and Kris Joseph, the 2010 Big East Sixth Man Of The Year.
Well, SU freshman center Fab Melo and junior guard Scoop Jardine may join Jackson and Joseph on the recognition list, but it won't be because of their play. Over at ESPN Sports Nation fans are voting on the Coolest Name In The NCAA Tournament, and Melo (a No. 1 seed) and Scoop (No. 3) are among the candidates . Round one results featured Melo demolishing Butler's Chrishawn Hopkins, 92.1 percent to 7.9 percent, while Jardine routed Duke's Mason Plumlee, 90.5-9.5. Currently, the voting is in the second round, which will continue until Monday at 10 p.m.
That NCAA bracket got me thinking: What are some other notable Syracuse basketball names? Here they are courtesy of Orangehoops.org:
Kueth Duany ('99-'03): averaged 8.7 ppg during four-year career, member of 2003 National Championship team.
Kristof Ongenaet ('07-'09): 3.7 ppg, 4.6 rebound per game, played 20 minutes in six-overtime game against UConn in '09.
Arinze Onuaku ('05-'10): Finished his career with SU's best field goal percentage (64.8) and worst free-throw percentage (39.5).
George Papadakos ('83-'85): Transferred to Michigan State after quitting during '85 season.
Louie McCroskey ('03-'06): Transferred to Marist College after 2006 season.
Herman Harried ('84-'89): Averaged 2.1 ppg for '87 team that lost to Indiana in the National Title game, 74-73.
Dwayne 'Pearl' Washington ('83-'86): 15.6 ppg, 6.7 assists per game and All-Big East First Team for three straight years.
Dale Shackleford ('75-'79): Four-year starter, who averaged 12.8 ppg and 7.3 rpg.
Roosevelt Bouie ('76-'80): Four-year starter, who averaged 13.2 ppg and 8.4 rpg. Earned All-American honors in '80.
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