Mar 31 2011 1:26PM

The Maddest March Madness Ever!

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If NBA players like Deron Williams, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook were allowed to join their alma maters during March, it would make for an even more interesting tourney.

This just in: David Stern has made a public decree that all NBA players may re-join their college teams and play for their schools during March Madness.

I’m serious ... No, really!

It’s called the NBA Reverse One-and-Done Rule—where pro players get to go back to school for one last dance, one shining moment and one over-the-top-in-talent bracket (check out the loaded alumni rosters at the bottom of this post).

Yes, it’s The Maddest March Madness Ever: NBA+NCAA style …


OHIO STATE VS. KENTUCKY… Greg Oden and Michael Redd cheer for Mike Conley with the cheerleaders, while John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins remember how to win again … GO WILDCATS.

NORTH CAROLINA VS. SYRACUSE … Raymond Felton ends the Melo-drama and gives Carmelo Anthony his ultimate wish, sending the Orangeman back home to New York … TAR HEELS WIN.

DUKE VS. TEXAS … Shane Battier, Grant Hill and Luol Deng cancel out Kevin Durant, while Elton Brand and Carlos Boozer cancel out LaMarcus Aldridge. And the Sweetest 16 match-up ends with Duke just being too talented for Texas … BLUE DEVILS DAZZLE.

CONNECTICUT VS. SAN DIEGO STATEYes, You Conn. Sophomore Kawhi Leonard is a top talent, but UConn has nine active first-rounders on NBA rosters. No Conn-test … HUSKIES’ RUNAWAY.

KANSAS VS. LOUISVILLE … Atlanta Hawk Kirk Hinrich leads Jayhawks over Cardinals. No birds were hurt in the filming of this game … KANSAS CAN.

GEORGETOWN VS. TEXAS A&M … Roy Hibbert and Greg Monroe got twice the tower power of DeAndre Jordan, as witnessed in this game by proud Hoya alums Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning and Patrick Ewing … OH YES, HOYAS.

PITTSBURGH VS. KANSAS STATE … DeJuan Blair shows all why Pitt is Da One … PITT IS IT.

UCLA VS. GONZAGA … Russell Westbrook, Jrue Holiday, Baron Davis, Darren Collison, Earl Watson and Jordan Farmar cause even Gonzaga grad John Stockton to admit UCLA is Point Guard U … BRUINS MOVE ON.


NORTH CAROLINA VS. KENTUCKY … Since it’s a battle of traditional powers, it’s only fitting that oldheads Vince Carter and Antawn Jamison lead North Carolina to victory over Kentucky … TAR HEELS TAKE IT.

DUKE VS. CONNECTICUT … Shane Battier got his 2001 NCAA Championship when he was voted MOP. But in this game, Battier, Elton Brand and Corey Maggette exact revenge on Rip Hamilton and UConn for taking that 1999 NCAA title from them … BLUE DEVILS DO IT.

KANSAS VS. GEORGETOWN … Paul Pierce goes against the Celtics’ D in practice every morning, so two young towers ain’t slowing his game down … ROCK CHALK, JAYHAWK.

PITTSBURGH VS. UCLA … School allegiances here go to Coach Ben Howland, whose present school has more NBA alums (14) than his past school (3) … YOU SEE L.A. ADVANCE.


DUKE VS. NORTH CAROLINA … Battle for Tobacco Road; Coach K versus Coach Williams; 13 pros versus 13 pros. That’s right. Thirteen! Kyle Singler and Harrison Barnes might not even suit up. Dukies get the close win ’cause they have seven NBA starters to Carolina’s three … JUST DUKE IT.

KANSAS VS. UCLA … The old Bruin point guards get all the hype, but UCLA is forward thinking too with major NBA players Kevin Love, Trevor Ariza, Arron Afflalo and Luc Mbah a Moute. Kansas just kan’t keep up. Who could? … U-C-L-A! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!


DUKE VS. UCLA … Duke has more recent NCAA championship pedigree, but UCLA has more active NBA players (14-13), more NBA All-Stars (2-0), more NBA starters (8-7), more NBA key contributors (7-6) and more NBA champs (3-1). And this Finals win would give UCLA its 12th championship—more than anyone else … DO IT FOR WOODEN! UCLA WINS AGAIN!!




ARIZONA: Gilbert Arenas, Jeryd Bayless, Mike Bibby, Chase Budinger, Channing Frye, Jordan Hill, Andre Iguodala, Richard Jefferson, Mustafa Shakur, Jason Terry, Luke Walton.

BUTLER: Gordon Hayward.

CINCINNATI: Kenyon Martin, Jason Maxiell.

CLEMSON: Trevor Booker.

CONNECTICUT: Jeff Adrien, Ray Allen, Hilton Armstrong, Caron Butler, Rudy Gay, Ben Gordon, Richard Hamilton, Emeka Okafor, A.J. Price, Hasheem Thabeet, Charlie Villanueva.

DUKE: Shane Battier, Carlos Boozer, Elton Brand, Luol Deng, Chris Duhon, Mike Dunleavy, Gerald Henderson, Grant Hill, Dahntay Jones, Corey Maggette, Josh McRoberts, J.J. Redick, Shelden Williams.

FLORIDA: Matt Bonner, Corey Brewer, Udonis Haslem, Al Horford, David Lee, Mike Miller, Joakim Noah, Marreese Speights, Jason Williams.

FLORIDA STATE: Solomon Alabi, Toney Douglas, Al Thornton, Von Wafer.

GEORGETOWN: Jeff Green, Roy Hibbert, Greg Monroe, DaJuan Summers.

GEORGIA: Sundiata Gaines, Damien Wilkins.

GONZAGA: Austin Daye, Ronny Turiaf.

ILLINOIS: Brian Cook, Luther Head, Deron Williams.

KANSAS: Cole Aldrich, Darrell Arthur, Mario Chalmers, Sherron Collins, Nick Collison, Drew Gooden, Xavier Henry, Kirk Hinrich, Darnell Jackson, Paul Pierce, Brandon Rush, Julian Wright.

KANSAS STATE: Michael Beasley, Cartier Martin, Bill Walker.

KENTUCKY: Kelenna Azubuike, Eric Bledsoe, Keith Bogans, DeMarcus Cousins, Chuck Hayes, Jamaal Magloire, Jodie Meeks, Nazr Mohammed, Patrick Patterson, Tayshaun Prince, Rajon Rondo, John Wall.

LOUISVILLE: Earl Clark, Francisco Garcia, Samardo Samuels, Terrence Williams.

MARQUETTE: Lazar Hayward, Wesley Matthews, Steve Novak, Dwyane Wade.

MEMPHIS: Earl Barron, Rodney Carney, Joey Dorsey, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Tyreke Evans, Derrick Rose, Shawne Williams.

MICHIGAN: Jamal Crawford, Manny Harris, Juwan Howard.

MICHIGAN STATE: Maurice Ager, Charlie Bell, Shannon Brown, Zach Randolph, Jason Richardson.

MISSOURI: DeMarre Carroll, Keyon Dooling, Linas Kleiza.

NORTH CAROLINA: Vince Carter, Ed Davis, Wayne Ellington, Raymond Felton, Danny Green, Tyler Hansbrough, Brendan Haywood, Antawn Jamison, Ty Lawson, Jerry Stackhouse, Jawad Williams, Marvin Williams, Brandan Wright.

NOTRE DAME: Matt Carroll, Luke Harangody, Troy Murphy, Chris Quinn.

OHIO STATE: Mike Conley, Daequan Cook, Kosta Koufos, Byron Mullens, Michael Redd, Evan Turner.

PITTSBURGH: DeJuan Blair, Aaron Gray, Sam Young.

PURDUE: Brian Cardinal, Carl Landry, Brad Miller.

ST. JOHN’S: Ron Artest.

SYRACUSE: Carmelo Anthony, Jonny Flynn, Donte Greene, Wesley Johnson, Andy Rautins, Etan Thomas, Hakim Warrick.


TEXAS: LaMarcus Aldridge, D.J. Augustin, Kevin Durant, Maurice Evans, T.J. Ford, Daniel Gibson, Royal Ivey, Damion James.

TEXAS A&M: DeAndre Jordan, Acie Law, Antoine Wright.

UNLV: Louis Amundson, Joel Anthony, Marcus Banks, Shawn Marion.

UCLA: Arron Afflalo, Trevor Ariza, Matt Barnes, Darren Collison, Baron Davis, Jordan Farmar, Dan Gadzuric, Jrue Holiday, Ryan Hollins, Jason Kapono, Kevin Love, Luc Mbah a Moute, Earl Watson, Russell Westbrook.

USC: DeMar DeRozan, Taj Gibson, O.J. Mayo, Brian Scalabrine, Nick Young.

VILLANOVA: Malik Allen, Dante Cunningham, Randy Foye, Kyle Lowry.

VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH: Eric Maynor, Larry Sanders.

WASHINGTON: Jon Brockman, Spencer Hawes, Quincy Pondexter, Nate Robinson, Brandon Roy.

WEST VIRGINIA: Joe Alexander, Devin Ebanks.

WISCONSIN: Devin Harris.

XAVIER: Derrick Brown, Jordan Crawford, James Posey, David West.