(AFTERNOON SESSION) ROUND OF 32
THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS STOOD OUT IN THEIR GAMES TODAY AND WE REWARD THEM WITH THE GAMEBALLS FOR THE DAY SESSION OF SATURDAY’S SECOND ROUND OF THE NCAA TOURNAMENT.
- MIAMI (FL) ANGEL RODRIGUEZ (GUARD) 28pts, 2reb, 5ast, 4stl
Rodriguez makes “OUR GAMEBALLS FOR THE DAY” list for the 2nd time in 3 days. Rodriguez outplayed Wichita State legends, PG Fred Van Vleet and SG Ron Baker. The Kansas State transfer is playing as well as any PG in the NCAA tournament at the present moment. Miami (FL) Head Coach Jim Larranaga has done a great job with Rodriguez. He gives him the freedom to run the offense and the opportunity to make plays on his own.
With the way the Senior from Puerto Rico is playing, the Hurricanes are going to be an extremely tough team to beat. With Rodriguez and Sheldon McClellan in the back-court and F Davon Reed in the front-court, this is a very fun team to watch. Miami (FL) now heads to the Sweet 16 and will play Thursday, March 24, 2016 against the winner of #7 Iowa and #2 Villanova.
2. DUKE: GRAYSON ALLEN (GUARD) 29pts, 2reb, 1ast
DUKE: BRANDON INGRAM (GUARD/FORWARD) 25pts, 5reb, 2ast
If you read our game preview of Duke v.s. Yale we wrote that the key to the game for Yale was to have one of these 2 players struggle. We also included in the preview that both Grayson Allen and Brandon Ingram were capable of scoring 25+ points each in any single game. That is exactly what happened. Allen and Ingram were both superb as the #4 seed Blue Devils held on to beat the #13 seed Yale Bulldogs 71-64 in a second round game in the West Region.
The Blue Devils had a 27 point lead with 16 minutes to go before the Ivy League champions made a spirited comeback and had the lead cut to 3 with a minute to play. However, Ingram and Allen were both clutch down the stretch and Duke will now play the winner of #1 Oregon v.s. #8 Saint Joseph’s. Allen showed off his long range shooting by hitting 5-7 3-point shots. Ingram displayed his typical solid all-around game, scoring inside, outside, and at the foul-line.
In order for Duke to advance to the Elite 8, these 2 players must perform the way they did today. Although the PG play for Duke needs to improve, whenever Allen and Ingram are on the court together they give the Blue Devils an opportunity to win. For those who missed Yale/Duke today, you missed a great game. Both teams should be applauded. The game showed why college basketball and March Madness is so special.
3. INDIANA: YOGI FERRELL (GUARD) 18pts, 5reb, 4ast
Ferrell led the #5 seed Hoosiers over the #4 seed Kentucky Wildcats 73-67 in an East Region second round game. The first team All Big-10 Conference PG went toe to toe with the Wildcats tremendous back-court duo of Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis.
The Senior PG played 37 minutes and went 6-13 from the field. He was the consummate floor general and withstood constant pressure from Kentucky. Perhaps the most telling stat was that Ferrell only committed one turnover. Yogi Ferrell and Indiana now move on to the Sweet 16 where they will face the winner of #9 seed Providence and #1 seed North Carolina.
4. IOWA STATE: GEORGES NIANG (FORWARD) 28pts, 6reb, 3ast
Niang had another excellent outing for the Cyclones. He went 11-18 from the field in a 78-61 win over number 12 seed Arkansas Little-Rock in a second round game in the Mid-West Region. The 6’8″ Senior Forward showed his versatility by going 3-5 from 3-point range while adding 6 rebounds and 3 assists.
Iowa State has been very impressive in its first 2 games and Niang is the main reason why. He is playing at an All-American level right now. The Cyclones move on to play the winner of the game between #1 seed Virginia and #9 seed Butler in the Sweet 16.