March Madness Day Two: Studs and Duds
The first round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament is in the books. If you missed some of today’s action and want to see which teams advanced to the Round of 32, check out our 2013 NCAA Tournament Headquarters for all of the box scores and game recaps.
Here were the studs and duds of Friday’s games.
Florida Gulf Coast – Nobody had the Eagles upsetting the Georgetown Hoyas so the entire team gets a spot on the studs list today. Sherwood Brown and Bernard Thompson led the way with 24 points and 23 points respectively, but the entire unit did well. Brett Comer nearly had a triple-double with 12 points, 10 assists and six rebounds and Chase Fieler played well too.
Andre Hollins, Minnesota – The Golden Gophers were able to upset the UCLA Bruins behind Hollins’ big game. He was the second-highest scorer of the day, finishing with 28 points. Hollins also chipped in nine rebounds and five assists in the win. All eyes were on Shabazz Muhammad entering the game, but Hollins stole the show.
Khalif Wyatt, Temple – Wyatt had 31 points in the Owls’ victory over the North Carolina State Wolfpack. That was the highest point total of the day, and Wyatt achieved it despite having to the leave the game at one point with an injured left thumb. Temple was able to upset N.C. State and the Atlantic 10’s player of the year was a big reason for the win.
Doug McDermott, Creighton – It’s no surprise that McDermott is on this list. All season long he has been one of the best players in college basketball, and Friday was no exception. McDermott had 27 points and 11 rebounds in Creighton’s victory over Cincinnati. The Bluejays rely heavily on McDermott and he didn’t let them down today.
Seth Curry, Duke – Curry put on a show in Duke’s win over Albany, finishing with 26 points on 10-14 shooting. Mason Plumlee had a strong game as well, chipping in 23 points on 9-11 shooting as well as eight rebounds. However, it was Curry that led the way for the Blue Devils, carrying on the family tradition of big March Madness performances.
Jerrell Wright, La Salle – How was La Salle able to upset Kansas State? Wright’s huge game had something to do with it. The sophomore forward had 21 points and didn’t miss a shot all afternoon, finishing 6-6 from the field. He also chipped in eight rebounds and two blocks in his 25 minutes of action. Ramon Galloway played well too, finishing with 19 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana – It wasn’t future lottery picks Cody Zeller or Victory Oladipo who led the way for the Hoosiers on Friday. It was Ferrell, who led Indiana in points (16), rebounds (8) and assists (6) in the team’s rout of James Madison.
Sam Thompson, Ohio State – Deshaun Thomas led the Buckeyes in scoring with 24 points, but Thompson had an excellent game against the Iona Gaels. He finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds in just 27 minutes.
Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State – The Aztecs had a convincing 70-55 win over the Oklahoma Sooners and Franklin led the way. He was making plays all over court and filled the stat sheet, finishing with 21 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals.
P.J. Hairston, North Carolina – The Tar Heels just barely got by the Villanova Wildcats, 78-71, and Hairston was the star of the game for UNC. He finished with 23 points, five rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block in the win. James McAdoo, Reggie Bullock and Marcus Paige had double-digit scoring efforts, but Hairston was the biggest difference maker.
Jeff Withey, Kansas – On Friday, Withey did exactly what he was expected to do against Western Kentucky. He finished with 17 points on 7-9 shooting as well as six rebounds and seven blocks in the 64-57 win.
Georgetown – For the same reason that Florida Gulf Coast’s entire team is a stud, Georgetown’s team is a dud. If you’re a No. 2 seed, you can’t lose in the opening round and not end up on this list. Markel Starks and Otto Porter had decent stats, but that doesn’t matter when you lose to Florida Gulf Coast, a team that had just 140 followers on Twitter entering the game.
Angel Rodriguez, Kansas State – Rodriguez was Kansas State’s second-leading scorer during the regular season, but he really struggled against La Salle and the Wildcats were eliminated as a result. Rodriguez had just two points on 0-6 shooting from the field. He also had four fouls and three turnovers in the loss.
Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado – Dinwiddie was someone that the Buffaloes relied heavily on for much of the season, but he didn’t play well against Illinois. He had just six points on 1-8 shooting. He also had four fouls and four turnovers. Askia Booker kept Colorado in the game, but it wasn’t enough. Dinwiddie picked a bad time to go cold.
Wisconsin – The Badgers were upset by the Ole Miss Rebels and they were historically bad. The team managed just 46 points and their 25.4 shooting percentage is the program’s lowest field-goal percentage in a game since the tournament field expanded to 64. It’s also the second-lowest field-goal percentage of any top-five seed in NCAA tournament history.
Larry Drew II, UCLA – Nobody played very well for UCLA – even Shabazz Muhammad’s 20-point performance was inefficient – which is why they were upset by Minnesota. However, Drew II struggled more than his teammates. He had just four points on 1-6 shooting as well as a team-high five turnovers.
T.J. Warren, North Carolina State – Warren struggled against Temple and it was a big reason that North Carolina State was sent home. He had just four points on 2-5 shooting. The Wolfpack needed a better showing from Warren. Instead, he had four fouls and didn’t contribute much to the game.