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For one night, Manciel steals mid-major show

Updated: March 22, 2003, 3:32 PM ET
By Bruce Feldman | ESPN The Magazine

SALT LAKE CITY -- Maybe Chris Kaman is the nation's best pure center. And maybe Kyle Korver is the country's sweetest shooter. But in a head-to-head matchup of the two fair-haired, mid-major darlings, the night belonged to a soft-spoken chess-playing ghost named Mike Manciel.

Three years ago, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound senior from Detroit -- a guy old enough to have been a prep teammate of Shane Battier -- was the MAC's Freshman of the Year. But after two years full of foot and groin injuries, ...

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