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New England's best baller: Round 2

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  March 19, 2013 10:26 AM

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The second round of our "New England's Best College Baller" showdown is underway. You cast more than 126,000 votes during Round 1, whittling the field of the best New England college basketball players of all time from 64 players down to 32.

All of the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds survived. No. 4 Ray Allen easily handled Tyson Wheeler despite Allen's current Enemy of the State status. Northeastern's J.J. Barea squeaked past Harvard's Jeremy Lin by a little less than 200 votes.

Some notable upsets:

-- In the Joe Mullaney region, UConn's Cliff Robinson, a No. 14 seed, took out BC's Terry Driscoll, a No. 3. Somewhere nearby Bob Ryan is questioning the sanctity of this whole thing.

-- BC's Tom Bagley, a No. 14 seed, upset Yale's Tony Lavelli, a No. 3 seed, in the Jim Calhoun region. Lavelli's halftime accordion playing during his brief stint with the Celtics was not enough to win you over.

-- No. 11 Ben Gordon took out No. 6 Taylor Coppenrath in the Jack Leaman region. Real-life Cinderella couldn't pull off the virtual upset here.

-- Craig Smith (No. 12) pulled the upset over Ernie Calverley (No. 5), and George "Trigger" Burke (No. 6) was ousted by that pesky Lamar Odom (No. 11).

The second round brings some great matchups, including an Allen-Billy Curley 4-5 game that could leave blood on the floor of the Conte Forum. Jack "The Shot" Foley vs. Rip Hamilton is a good case of old school vs. new school. I don't envision any of the top seeds having issues, yet.

Cast your votes now. Round 2 closes at 11 p.m. Tuesday.

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