Standout performances in the NCAA Tournament

Standout performances in the NCAA Tournament through three rounds

3/25/13 in NCAABB   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Standout performances in the NCAA TournamentThe Cinderella story of this year's tournament is Florida Gulf Coast. Obviously, this is not your standard 15-seed. After beating 2-seed Georgetown and 7-seed San Diego State, this is a team that no one will take lightly. Brett Comer has been extremely impressive from the point guard position (24 assists in two games), and Sherwood Brown can straight up ball (20.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 57% shooting in the tournament). They employ a well-balanced attack and have the firepower to go on massive, confidence-crushing runs. I'd still say they're a long shot to reach the Final Four, but this team will not go down easy.

Some people didn't believe that Gonzaga was worthy of the 1-seed they received, and those people appear to have been right. Wichita State (who beat Gonzaga) is a solid team, but they do not have a resume that suggests that they are likely to knock off a top seed. They don't have many impressive wins, and have some bad losses. Despite dominating the boards and winning the turnover battle, Gonzaga couldn't get the win against Wichita State, mostly as a result of terrible shooting. Just about everyone struggled on offense - the only players who shot over 37% were Mike Hart (2 for 3) and David Stockton (2 for 2). They also struggled with 16-seed Southern (tie game with 4:00 remaining) in the previous game. Gonzaga just wasn't cut out for a deep tournament run.

The individual player who stood out most to me was Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart. A lot of people were eager to see Smart play live on the big stage, as ESPN's Chad Ford currently has him as his 3rd ranked NBA Draft prospect. Smart hardly showed up against 12th seeded Oregon, converting only five of his 14 field goal attempts, missing half of his free throws (4 of 8), and dishing out more turnovers (5) than assists (4). Granted, Smart is only a freshman and has a sensational season, but he certainly did not look like the type of player who can put a team on his back in the big moment.

Obviously, there have been plenty of other standout performances. La Salle has looked better than the 13 seed they were given, Oregon has made an impressive run, Kansas and Louisville look very strong, Marshall Henderson is a crazy man, and so on. What I went over were just the performances that stood out the most to me. With a 9, 12, 13, and 15 seed all set to play in the Sweet 16, we've got plenty more madness in sight.
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3/26/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Well.. I am going with my school.. The folks at CBS picked us to lose in San Jose, CA to Montana.. I admit the game was closer than needed and then we had a tough Pac 12 team in California.. So Syracuse is in the Sweet 16 where not even the great Georgetown could make this year. So we get another week of team practice and travel... See you all in DC,,,,