Sunday, January 28, 2007

Alando Tucker, Player of the Year?

Though the jury is very clearly still out, views are starting to narrow and Alando Tucker is sitting pretty at the top of the list of prospects for Player of the Year.

At the beginning of the season, Marquette's Dominic James was in discussion for this award. A case could be made for about four different players on Florida, though that very fact will prove to be all of their downfall.

Most disturbing picture EVER!

Tucker's averaging 19 points and 5 rebounds, shooting 48% from the field. His numbers from the charity stripe and beyond the three point arc are less impressive, but for anyone who's watched any of Wisconsin's big games can see the Tucker's impact is much more than the numbers he puts up.

And though you may say to yourself that the numbers are not too impressive, remember, too, that Alando put up more than 20 points against Florida State, Winthrop and Marquette, as well as 32 points against Pitt and 29 at Georgia.

Clearly, we've still got a lot of season left and I think that much of Tucker's chances depend on how Wisconsin fares down the stretch.

We still have to travel to Columbus to play Ohio State at home and after Oden's performance here, I'd have to imagine he knows he's got to put up or shut up.

The media is (barely) talking about this as a National Championship team, which means anything less will mean we're considered a failure team who didn't live up to their hype.

Being the team leader, Alando's status will be make-or-break on how the team handles this final stretch as well as how they perform in the conference tournament.

And if that's not enough to convince you, I ask you, which other candidate has a remade ABBA song extolling their virtues?

Check out "Alando", a Madison radio station's ode to Tucker set to ABBA's "Fernando"

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