When looking at the adage that you need an elite PG to win the NCAA tournament, Ted Bauer finds that it's true to an extent: You need a strong game manager playing wingman for a (typically big) "go-to guy" in order to make a deep run.
Raymond Felton made the go-ahead 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down in the final 90 seconds, and No. 2 North Carolina avoided the biggest upset in Atlantic Coast Conference tournament history with an 88-81 victory over Clemson.
Chris Paul dominated his point guard matchup with Raymond Felton, Downey had a season-high 18 points and the Demon Deacons (No. 3 ESPN/USA Today; No. 4 AP) ran away from the Tar Heels (No. 4 ESPN/USA Today; No. 3 AP) 95-82 Saturday.
Travis Diener of Marquette, Raymond Felton of North Carolina, Chris Hernandez of Stanford, Josh Mueller of South Dakota and Chris Thomas of Notre Dame were selected Thursday as finalists for the Bob Cousy Award for the second straight year.