Davidson guard Bryant Barr is the White Lobster. As you know, a name such as White Lobster has to be earned. You can’t go to your teammates and say, "I’m White Lobster, call me White Lobster, please, OK?"
Barr did not do this.
Barr earned the moniker.
After hitting only two baskets in the NCAA tournament and failing to score in the first half Sunday, Barr all by himself stopped Kansas from taking control of the game.
The Wildcats were tired. You could see it in Stephen Curry and Jason Richards, their stars. So Barr pops a 3-pointer from the extreme left corner. He pops another from the same spot, almost out of bounds. He hits a third.
In 2 minutes, 18 seconds, he hits three 3-pointers.
But wait. Are you typecasting the White Lobster? Are you saying, all he can do is shoot from far away?
My friends do not underestimate the White Lobster. Yes, he is one of the 25 best shooters to emerge from Falmouth, Maine.
But he is more. He goes to the hoop and the ball goes off the glass and in. He shoots four times in the second half and makes them all. In nine second-half minutes, he scores 11 points.
And he’s only a sophomore. So unless he leaves school early, expect to hear the name for two more seasons.
WL was good. And those were gutsy shots he took in a game of this import in front of anybody.
But even though this is Curry’s team, Curry and Richards, everybody has a role and everybody plays it well.
Max Paulhus Gosselin, a 6-6 junior guard, can play defense for anybody.
Kansas has all those future NBA studs going high beneath the hoop, and Davidson junior forward Andrew Lovedale hangs and leaps and bumps with the best of them.
Senior forward Thomas Sander has a broken right thumb. When you shake hands with him after the game, he quickly offers his left. He sets his picks and goes to the basket and scores eight points and has two one-hand assists and one one-hand steal.
This was a cool team to be around.
I watched most of the Georgetown game (I had come from the regional in Washington) and saw them beat Wisconsin and lost to Kansas.
Felt like an honor to watch them and talk to them and hang with some of their fans at Ford Field and, briefly, at the Detroit Brewing Co., their downtown headquarters here.
Davidson – thanks.
Let’s do this again.