What Happened Last night?
- (1) Florida 67 - (16) Albany 55: Predictable things. Florida has four prospects to watch, and for the most part they all delivered. Patric Young had a double double, Casey Prather was an efficient scorer all game long, and controlled the middle, Kasey Hill added 10 points and 2 steals off the bench. Only Chris Walker had a poor game, but Scottie Wilbeken picked up the distributing role for them. Overall a solid victory.
- (9) Pittsburgh 77 - (8) Colorado 48:This was not so much fun. Lamar Patterson is the "man" for Pitt, and they won. He had an okay game, going 4/11 and 2/5 from deep on his way to 10 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block. That's "okay" I guess. Talib Zanna scored 18 for them, and Colorado didn't have a chance. I guess this is what happens when you're playing without Spencer Dinwiddie. But still.
- (11) Dayton 60 - (6) Ohio St. 59: This was the first big upset of the tournament, as Ohio St has three good prospects on their roster right now. Dayton god solid games from Dyshawn Pierre, Devin Oliver, Jordan Sibert, and Vee Sanford off the bench. They get high marks from me too, for having crazy names. (But I'm going to need to see more from Scoochie Smith in the next round, coach.) LaQuinton Ross didn't have a great game, but Sam Thompson and Aaron Craft carried Ohio St.
- (3) Syracuse 77 - (14) Western Michigan 53: Syracuse has four prospects: Tyler Ennis, Jerami Grant, C.J. Fair, and Rakeem Christmas. They took care of business, though Rak' had bad game. Trevor Cooney stepped it up big and hit 4 threes on his way to a team leading 18 points. This is not a deep squad, but very top heavy with quality talent.
- (12) North Dakota St. 80 - (5) Oklahoma 75: -- there isn't enough time to write about every game
- (4) San Diego St. 73 - (13) New Mexico St. 69:-- there isn't enough time to write about every game
- (7) Oregon 87 - (19) BYU 68:-- there isn't enough time to write about every game
- (2) Wisconsin 75 - (15) American 35:-- there isn't enough time to write about every game
- (12) Harvard 61 - (5) Cincinnati 57:-- there isn't enough time to write about every game
- (4) Michigan State 93 - (13) Delaware 78:-- there isn't enough time to write about every game
- (7) UConn 89 - (10) St. Joe's 81:-- there isn't enough time to write about every game
- (2) Villanova 73 - (15) Milwaukee 53:-- there isn't enough time to write about every game
- (5) Saint Louis 83 - (12) North Carolina St 80:-- there isn't enough time to write about every game
- (4) Louisville 71 - (13) Manhattan 64:-- there isn't enough time to write about every game
- (7) Texas 87 - (10) Arizona St 85:-- there isn't enough time to write about every game
- (2) Michigan 57 - (15) Wofford 40:-- there isn't enough time to write about every game
Who did we say goodbye to?
- (16) Albany: No one on my big board
- (8) Colorado: Spencer Dinwiddie, the 6'6 guard who looks to be a 2nd rounder in the NBA
- (6) Ohio St: LaQuinton Ross, a bubble 1st rounder 6'8 SF; Aaron Craft, a smart, senior PG who could get drafted; Sam Thompson, a 6'7 forward who most likely will stay in school for another year
- (14) Western Michigan: No one on my big board
- (5) Oklahoma: Cameron Clark, a 6'7 senior SF, most likely not going to make the league, but may get a summer league look
- (13) New Mexico St.: Sim Bhullar Singh, a 7'5, 350 bigman. He is really big, and does not have the conditioning or skills to be called an NBA player. He will most likely stay in school for another year or two. His size is his greatest asset, The second biggest, for me, is that for someone at his size he hasn't had an injury yet, unlike so many 7'0ers who come up through the North American system.
- (19) BYU: Tyler Haws -- most of you already know all about the 6'5 shooting guard. He's only on one person's Top 100 list, Chad Ford. He's not likely to be a fixture of any NBA Draft related posts by me this year.
- (15) American: No one on my big board.
- (5) Cincinnati: Sean Kilpatrick, a 6'4 shooting guard senior. He's not going to be a fixture of my NBA Draft posts either.
- (13) Delaware: Thanasis Antetokounmpo -- I don't get how Giannis Antetokounmpo 's older brother is allowed to play college basketball after playing pro basketball in Europe. Isn't this how Enes Kanter was denied playing at Kentucky?
- (10) St. Joe's: No one here.
- (15) Milwaukee: Same here.
- (12) North Carolina St: T.J. Warren, the soph forward who is 6'8 and unlike most of the people who got bumped yesterday, he actually is getting plenty of rankings as a mid-first rounder in mock drafts. He's as high as 15 on a few of them.
- (13) Manhattan: Nope!
- (10) Arizona St: Jahii Carson and Jordan Bachynski BOTH are getting looks, and are both out now. Jordan is a 7'2 senior bigman. He's not amazing at all, but he's tall. Sometimes that's all that matters if you are looking at someone cheap to fill in some space. I expect him to go to the NBA DL in all seriousness. Carson is a bubble first round guy. The problem here is that Carson is a 5'11 point guard. The Sacramento Kings' Isaiah Thomas is 5'9, but whatever.
- (15) Wofford: I don't know anything about this school.
|South||5||VCU||-||12||Stephen F. Austin||5:27||MT||truTV|
|East||3||Iowa St||-||14||North Carolina Central||7:50||MT||TNT|
|Midwest||1||Wichita St||-||16||Cal Poly||5:10||MT||CBS|
Players to Watch:
- Kansas: Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, Wayne Selden, Perry Ellis, Tarik Black
- UCLA: Zach LaVine, Kyle Anderson, Jordan Adams
- VCU: Juvonte Reddick, Treveon Graham
- New Mexico: Cameron Bairstow, Kendall Williams, Alex Kirk
- Stanford: Dwight Powell
- Arizona: Aaron Gordon, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Nick Johnson, Kaleb Tarczewski, Brandon Ashley
- Creighton: Dough McDermott
- Baylor: Isaiah Austin, Cory Jefferson
- Gonzaga: Przemek Karnowski
- Oklahoma St: Marcus Smart, Markel Brown, LeBryan Nash
- Nebraska: Terran Petteway
- Louisiana: Elfrid Payton, Shawn Long
- Virginia: Joe Harris
- Iowa St: DeAndre Kane
- North Carolina: James Michael McAdoo, Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson
- Memphis: Shaq Goodwin
- Providence: Brice Cotton, Tyler Harris
- Wichita St: Ron Baker, Cleanthony Earley
- Duke: Jabari Parker, Rodney Hood, Andre Dawkins, Rasheed Sulaimon
- Kentucky: James Young, Willie Cauley-Stein, Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Alex Poythress, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee
- Tennessee: Jarnell Stokes, Jordan McRae
Yup. Big names playing somewhat big games.