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Rose takes Augustin to school

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

HOUSTON — Memphis freshman point guard Derrick Rose spent part of last summer going against Texas' D.J. Augustin at a camp in New Orleans.

"He got the best me of there," Rose said.

Not so much here in the South Region final. Rose scored 21 on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and 7-of-8 from the line to go with nine assists (two turnovers) and six rebounds. He was named the region's most outstanding player.

Augustin struggled all game, finishing with 16 points but shooting just 4-of-18 from the field and 2-of-6 from 3-point range and picking up three assists and four turnovers.

"He's a great player," Augustin said of Rose. "He makes great decisions, he controls the ball, he controls the game and he controls the team."

Said the modest and shy Rose: "I'm just living the dream right now. I talked to my mother on the phone and she started tearing up and I almost started tearing up. I had to get off the phone because I didn't want to cry in the locker room."

FASHION STATEMENT: During the Memphis postgame news conference, coach John Calipari got up and adjusted junior guard Chris Douglas-Roberts' South Region championship cap so the bill faced front.

"I get disappointed when I looked at what it looked like in that TV over there and I get disappointed when these young people are judged by how they wear a hat," Calipari said, adding too much is made of tattoos, also. "These are good kids."

BEST CHANT: As Rose was being interviewed by CBS after the game, the Memphis fans began chanting, "One more year, one more year." Rose is projected as perhaps the No.  2 pick if he opts to leave early and Kansas State's freshman forward, Michael Beasley, leaves, too.

NUMBERS GAME: Texas was 7-0 under coach Rick Barnes in NCAA Tournament games in its home state before Sunday's loss. Memphis is 13-2 in the Lone Star State in the NCAA. Interestingly, all three of its Final Four runs have gone through Houston.

HONOR ROLL: In addition to Rose and Douglas-Roberts, Memphis senior center Joey Dorsey, Augustin and Stanford's Brook Lopez earned a spot on the All-South Region team.

PRO POSSIBILITIES: Only a sophomore, Davidson star Stephen Curry is being mentioned as a future NBA player.

At 6 feet 3, is he too short to be an NBA shooting guard? At 185 pounds, would his body break down over the course of the physical, demanding schedule?

NBA All-Star LeBron James saw enough over the weekend to become convinced Curry could follow in the footsteps of his father, former NBA sharpshooter Dell Curry. James still was talking about Curry's performance against Wisconsin on Friday night before his Cavaliers faced the Pistons.

Asked if Curry were too small to make in the NBA, James said, "No way. … If he can shoot the ball like he does, he can play in this league. Whatever team picks him is going to get a great shooter."

BENNETT NIXES TALK: Washington State's Tony Bennett talked to Indiana about its vacant coaching job.

"I had an exploratory conversation with Indiana, and I am not going to pursue the Indiana job," Bennett told the Spokesman-Review for a story posted on the newspaper's Web site.

Bennett said Indiana called Saturday to gauge his interest.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Rose takes Augustin to school 03/30/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 11:08am]
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