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March Madness Day Three: Studs and Duds
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On March 24, 2013 @ 12:44 am In Main Page,NCAA | No Comments
This year’s NCAA Tournament has been unpredictable and Saturday’s eight-game slate was no different. A No. 1 seed went down, a No. 12 seed advanced to the Sweet 16 and just about everyone’s bracket was busted.
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Here were the studs and duds of Saturday’s games:
Mark Lyons, Arizona – Harvard was one of the feel-good stories of the tournament, but they were no match for Arizona on Saturday. The Wildcats beat the Crimson in a 74-51 rout. Lyons matched his career-high with 27 points on 12-17 shooting from the field. The senior guard didn’t miss a single shot in the paint, finishing 8-8 at the basket for 16 of his points.
Mitch McGary, Michigan – Trey Burke, Glen Robinson III and Tim Hardaway Jr. all played well in the Wolverines’ dominant win over VCU, but the star of the game was the freshman forward McGary. He made his first seven shots and finished the day 10-11 from the field. McGary had a season-high 21 points and 14 rebounds. He picked an excellent time to have his best game of the season and Michigan is looking very scary.
Vander Blue, Marquette – Blue was one of the top studs on Thursday after scoring 16 points including the game-winning lay-up against Davidson. He followed up his strong opening round performance with a 29-point game against Butler, making him the day’s top scorer. He shot 9-15 from the field and also contributed four steals in the win. The Bulldogs gave the Golden Eagles a good fight, but Marquette won by two points in large part because of Blue’s huge showing.
Gary Harris, Michigan State – Derrick Nix was the star of Michigan State’s opening round win, but Harris led the charge in the Spartans’ victory against the Memphis Tigers. Harris had 23 points on 6-9 shooting from the field, including 4-7 from long range. He played just 25 minutes in the blowout win, which makes his performance even more impressive.
Russ Smith, Louisville – Smith had his second huge performance of the tournament on Saturday. After landing on Thursday’s studs list with a 23-point, eight-steal game, Smith had an excellent showing in Louisville’s 82-56 win over Colorado State. He finished with 27 points, three rebounds and two steals. The Cardinals have had two dominating wins and Smith is a big reason for their success.
Damyean Dotson, Oregon – The Ducks pulled off another upset win on Saturday, beating Saint Louis 74-57. Dotson led the way for Oregon, finishing with 23 points on 8-12 shooting, including 5-6 from three-point range. He also contributed three rebounds and two steals in the win. Oregon is playing excellent basketball right now and proving that they should’ve been given a much higher seed.
Cleanthony Early, Wichita State – The Shockers did it again. After upsetting Pittsburgh on Thursday, Wichita State pulled off a much bigger upset on Saturday with a win over top-seeded Gonzaga. Early, who was mentioned as a stud on Thursday, had his second strong game of the tournament, finishing with 16 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in just 24 minutes.
Chris Crawford, Memphis – Michigan State trounced Memphis, 70-48, so there’s plenty of blame to go around for the Tigers’ loss. The team shot 29.7 percent from the field and starters Adonis Thomas, Shaq Goodwin and D.J. Stephens combined to shoot 3-16 from the field. However, it was Crawford who had the worst game in terms of shooting, finishing 2-13 and scoring just six points.
Gonzaga – After nearly losing to No. 16 Southern in the opening round, the Bulldogs fell to the Wichita State Shockers on Saturday. Gonzaga became the first No. 1 seed to be eliminated. They became just the fifth AP top-ranked team to lose in the Round of 32 since 1985. Kelly Olynyk had 26 points and Kevin Pangos had 19, but it wasn’t enough to continue Gonzaga’s season.
Dorian Green, Colorado State – Green was the star of Colorado State’s opening round win, scoring 26 points in the win against Missouri. However, the senior guard struggled in today’s loss to Louisville, finishing with just six points on 2-13 shooting from the field. Green also had three turnovers and three fouls in the losing effort.
Troy Daniels, VCU – Daniels was mentioned on Thursday’s list of studs after finishing with 23 points and five rebounds in VCU’s opening round win against Akron. However, Daniels didn’t play as well against Michigan, contributing just seven points on 3-13 shooting. The Wolverines dominated the Rams and their ‘Havoc’ defense, winning the game 78-53.
Harvard – After pulling off a huge upset over New Mexico in the opening round, Harvard really struggled against Arizona. They didn’t record their first field goal until the 12:17 mark and opened the game shooting 2-22. The Crimson finished the game at 26.7 percent from the field. Kenyatta Smith was the team’s leading scorer with just 10 points. Harvard was playing with house money, but it was a disappointing follow-up to their stunning win against the Lobos.
Allen Crabbe, California – During the regular season, Crabbe was California’s best player, averaging 18.7 points and winning Pac-12 Player of the Year honors. However, he struggled against Syracuse’s smothering defense on Saturday, finishing with just eight points on 3-9 shooting. Richard Solomon had 22 points and 14 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough for Cal. Crabbe couldn’t find room to get off shots against the Orange, which was a big reason that the Golden Bears were eliminated.
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