Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 10:58 PM

Vote: Coolest name in NCAA tournament


By Thomas Neumann
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Welcome to the Final Four of Page 2's Coolest Name in the 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket.

To review: Page 2 is entrusting you, dear readers, with selecting the coolest player name in this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament from our bracket of 64 candidates. The national semifinals ballot can be found at the bottom of this page.

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 began with 64. Now we're down to four.

Meet our regional champions:

Scoop Jardine, Syracuse (No. 3 seed, Dallas Comegys region champion): Jardine, a junior guard from Philadelphia, averaged 12.5 points and a team-best 5.9 assists in 32.1 minutes per game for the Orange this season. One of his grandfathers, Isaiah Wilson, played professionally for the Detroit Pistons and the ABA's Memphis Tams.

Fab Melo, Syracuse (No. 1 seed, God Shammgod region champion): Fabricio de Melo is a freshman 7-footer from Brazil who attended high school in Florida. He averaged 2.3 points and 1.9 rebounds in 9.9 minutes per game and is enrolled in Syracuse's College of Arts and Sciences.

Shabazz Napier, Connecticut (No. 8 seed, Uwe Blab region champion): Napier is a freshman guard from Boston, who's averaging 8.0 points and 3.0 assists in 23.6 minutes per game this season. He was named to the Big East all-rookie team, and his musical tastes range from Marvin Gaye to Wiz Khalifa.

Bubba Day, Purdue (No. 15 seed, Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje region champion): Day is a walk-on guard from West Lafayette, Ind., who played 16 minutes as a junior for his hometown Boilermakers. The perimeter specialist and management major went off to the tune of three points each in Purdue's wins over Austin Peay and IPFW.


Vote in the Final Four at the bottom of this page. This round of voting ends Thursday at 10 p.m. ET. Check back Friday to vote in the national championship.


• Click here to view the complete bracket and voting results



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