What Happened Last night?
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- Stanford upset New Mexico 58-53, and did so without much help from their only prospect on anyone's pre-March Madness big boards -- Dwight Powell went 0-8 and finished with 3 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block. Okay, so he did a little of everything, but it was mostly Chasson Randle doing things. He finished with 23 points off of 7/15 shooting from the field, 3/6 shooting from downtown and 6/6 shooting from the line. New Mexico is led by Cameron Bairstow, Alex Kirk, and Kendall Williams. Bairstow finished with 24 and 8, and didn't get much help from Williams and Kirk who went a combined 1-12 shooting in the game.
- Kansas curb stomped Eastern Kentucky 80-69, which is no surprise as Kansas has a legion of guys we need to pay attention to: Andrew Wiggins finished with 19 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Joel Embiid was out due to injury. Wayne Selden didn't make a single shot that wasn't a free throw but had 4 assists and 1 turn over. These three guys seem to be locks for the first round. Perry Ellis had a double double with 14 and 13, with 2 steals -- he's a bubble draft pick right now for the second round. Tarik Black didn't miss a shot, and finished with 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Strong performance for a guy who is ranked 98.00 out of 145.00 right now on my consensus big board.
- S.F. Austin upset VCU in OT 77-75, mainly because VCU couldn't stop Jacob Parker (22 points) and Desmond Haymon (17 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists). Thomas Walkup also had a double double with 12 and 10, with 4 assists and 3 steals. NONE of these guys are on my big board. Two guys who are -- Juvonte Reddic (10 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals, 1 assist), and Treveon Graham (19 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block) are gone.
- UCLA demolished Tusla 76-59, the three big prospects here are Zach Lavine, Kyle ANderson, and Jordan Adams. LaVine didn't do much, missed all his threes, and finished with 2 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist. He's a point guard. Anderson had a mix of a Gordon Hayward game and an Andrei Kirilenko game -- 8 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals, and 2 blocks. He did shoot only 3/11 though. (Still better than LaVine's 1/5). Adams was a very impressive 21/8/4/2 going perfect from the line and showing good range.
- Arizona 68 - Weber St 59: Weber St's Davion Berry showed up with a big 24 points, and Joel Bolomboy had 11 and 16, but it wasn't enough. 'Zona just has too many good players. Aaron Gordon finished with 16/8/3/ and 5 blocks. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 13/4/1/2/2 off the bench. Nick Johnson had 18 points and hit 4/6 from downtown. Kaleb Tarczewski added 10 points, 4 boards, 2 assists and 5 blocks. And Brandon Ashley didn't even play.
- Creighton 76 - Lousiana Lafayette 66: We're saying goodbye to Elfrid Payton (24/8/3/3/2) and Shawn Long (15/7/2). Why are we saying goodbye? It's because Doug McDermott went H.A.M. and dropped 30 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, and added 1 block to the part. He also went 2/4 from downtown, and it's a breath of fresh air to see a prospect dominate. We haven't seen that so far this tournament I think. (I'm likely wrong)
- Baylor 74 - Nebraska 60: We only care about this game because of Isaiah Austin (12 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block, 10 free throws attempted!), and Cory Jefferson (16 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block). They were enough to handle Nebraska.
- Gonzaga 85 - Oklahoma St 77: Przemek Karnowski is the only big board prospect for the Zags right now. He finished with 15 and 10, with 2 assists and a block. He went 3/9 from the free throw line. Kevin Pangos had 26 points for Gonzaga too, with 12/14 from the line, and 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Gary Bell Jr. added 17 points, mainly off of 3/4 shooting from downtown, and helped on the glass with 4 rebounds. I did not anticipate writing about Gonzaga so much seeing how Oklahoma State has Marcus Smart, Markel Brown, and Le'Bryan Nash. Smart finished with 23 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists, 6 steals, and 1 block. He went 12/19 from the line, and was dominant. (Sorry Doug McDermott!) Brown added 20 points, and Nash was a no-show. And they are leaving the ball right now. What an upset.
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- Virginia 70 - Coastal Carolina 59: No one really cares when a #1 seed beats a #16 seed. It's not news. Their one big board prospect, Joe Harris, didn't have to do a lot, and didn't. He finished with 11 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal.
- Iowa St 93 - N Carolina Central 75: Jeremy Ingram had 28 points for the losing side, and Iowa St really rolled. We care about DeAndre Kane, but he only had 14 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and a block. Georges Niang finished with 24 points to lead Iowa St, mainly from his 4/5 shooting from downtown.
- North Carolina 79 - Providence 77: This was almost the first time Carolina and Duke went out of the tournament on the same day since like WWII. Close game. Goodbye to Bryce Cotton (36 points, 8 assists) and Tyler Harris (13 points, 3 rebounds, 3 blocks). Good game. North Carolina is just too deep. James Michael McAdoo (16 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal), Marcus Paige (19 points, 4 assists), and Brice Johnson (16 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks off the bench) were just too much.
- Memphis 71 - George Washington 66: Somehow a dude with the name Shaq Goodwin is on my big board. (Perhaps it's too big) Shaq finished with 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks. He made all four of his shots. But the win was a product of the efforts of Joe Jackson (15/5/6), Chris Crawford (9/4/6/2), and Michael Dixon Jr. (19/3/1/1) off the bench. G.W. did get 21 points from Isaiah Armwood! Crazy name alert!
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- Wichita St 67 - Cal Poly 37: Beatdown? Yes. Let's not dwell on it. Wichita St's prospects: Ron Baker (7 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, 3 total shots), Cleanthony Earley (23 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 3/8 from downtown, 9/15 total) were almost more than enough to beat Cal Poly by themselves. After all, they only scored 37 points total.
- Mercer 78 - Duke 71: I know a lot of Duke people (friends and family), so I'm not going to make fun of them here. Mercer got 20, 5, 2, 2 from Jakob Gollon who went 9/9 from the free throw line. Duke had nearly the most prospects on the list of any team in the tournament. It's going to be strange not seeing any of them for more than just one game. Jabari Parker finished with 14 points (off of 14 shots), 7 rebounds, and 1 steal. Rasheed Sulaimon had 20 (5/12 from downtown) with 3 rebounds. Rodney Hood and Andre Dawkins were absolute no-shows. Quinn Cook (not on my list) led the team with 23 points (7/10 from downtown), and added 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. He went 8/11 overall.
- Tennessee 86 - UMass 67: We pm;y really care about Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes (26 points, 14 rebounds, 12/13 from the FT line, 2 assists) and Jordan McRae (21 points, 2 assists, 2 steals, 2/6 from downtown). Not on the list is Josh Richardson who finished with 15 points and 5 assists, and somehow 2 blocks.
- Kentucky 56 - Kansas St 49: Kentucky has the most players on my big board. They won. There could be a cause and effect relationship here. James Young (7/5/1) had a bad game, Willie Cauley-Stein (2/8/1/4/4) had a bad shooting night, Andrew Harrison (7/4/4/0/1) did too, Aaron Harrison (18/1/1) did not, Alex Poythress (3/2) did have a bad shooting night, Dakari Johnson (0/1/0/0/0) did as well, and Marcus Lee didn't even play. But they still won the game because of this Julius Randle guy carried them with his 19 points, 14 rebounds, and 1 block performance. If you add it all upt it's more than enough to defeat Kansas St.
Who did we say goodbye to?
- New Mexico: Cameron Bairstow (#38.00), Kendall Williams (#43.50), Alex Kirk (#96.00)
- VCU: Juvonte Reddick (#67.40), Treveon Graham (#97.00)
- Louisiana: Elfrid Payton (#34.00), Shawn Long (#79.50)
- Nebraska: Terran Petteway (#58.00)
- Oklahoma St: Marcus Smart (#5.67), Markel Brown (#48.00), LeBryan Nash (#72.00)
- Providence: Bryce Cotton (#60.00), Tyler Harris (#81.00)
- Duke: Jabari Parker (#2.20), Rodney Hood (#11.57), Andre Dawkins (#55.00), Rasheed Sulaimon (#56.50)
- Florida: Chris Walker (34.67), Patric Young (49.50), Casey Prather (73.00), Kasey Hill (N/R)
- Syracuse: Tyler Ennis (11.92), Jerami Grant (16.83), C.J. Fair (50.17), Rakeem Christmas (97.00)
- Pittsburgh: Lamar Patterson (59.33)
- Dayton: no one on the big board
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- Wisconsin: Sam Dekker (28.14)
- San Diego St: Xavier Thames (41.00)
- Oregon: Joseph Young (60.00), Michael Chandler (90.00)
- North Dakota St: no one on the big board
- Villanova: somehow no one on the official big boards
- Michigan St: Gary Harris (11.14), Adreian Payne (21.15), Branden Dawson (62.25), Keith Appling (66.25)
- UConn: Shabazz Napier (46.17), DeAndre Daniels (N/R)
- Harvard: The next Jeremy Lin maybe?
- Michigan: Nik Stauskas (20.82), Glenn Robinson III (34.00), MItch McGary (Inj, 49.00), Caris LaVert (101.00)
- Louisville: Montrezl Harrell (21.75), Russ Smith (44.50)
- Saint Louis: somehow no one here
- Texas: somehow no one here
And that's all she (or he, or Amar more specifically) wrote!