(NIGHT SESSION) ROUND OF 32
THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS WERE PHENOMENAL IN THEIR GAMES TONIGHT AND WE REWARD THEM WITH THE GAMEBALLS FOR THE NIGHT SESSION OF SATURDAY’S 2ND ROUND OF THE NCAA TOURNAMENT.
- VIRGINIA: MALCOLM BROGDON (GUARD) 22pts, 5reb, 5ast, 1blk, 2stl
Malcolm Brogdon and Virginia were in a dogfight against the number #9 seed Butler Bulldogs. However, as the Senior has done all year, he made tough and big plays down the stretch to help the #1 seed Cavaliers advance in the Mid-West Region. Brogdon stuffed the stat-sheet as he was all over the court. He also played great defense.
Head Coach Tony Bennett can breathe a sigh of relief as the Cavs are now headed to the Sweet 16 and will face the #4 seed Iowa State Cyclones. We will have a preview of this game next week as it is a fascinating game in terms of the contrasting styles of play for both teams.
2. KANSAS: PERRY ELLIS (FORWARD) 21pts, 8 reb, 1ast
The Senior leader for the number 1 seed in the South Region had a very good game in a 73-61 win over Connecticut, who were seeded #9. Ellis went 9-12 from the field in 32 minutes as the final score wasn’t indicative of the way Kansas played.Kansas was in control the whole way and have looked every bit the part of a future Final 4 team. If Perry Ellis continues to play like he did on Saturday night, that future will become a reality.
3. GONZAGA: ERIC McCLELLAN (GUARD) 22pts, 5reb, 3ast, 1blk, 1stl
The Zags picked up where they left off after beating Seton Hall on Thursday. Leading the charge against #3 seed Utah was Guard Eric McClellan. The Senior had a fine game against the over-matched Utah guards and made it look easy at times. Along with star C/PF Domantas Sabonis, McClellan and the #11 seed Zags are playing as well as any other team in the NCAA tournament. They now head to the Sweet 16 and play the winner of #10 seed Syracuse and #15 seed Middle Tennessee State in the Mid-West Region.With a bunch of upsets that have happened in the Mid-West Region, the bracket is setting up nicely for Head Coach Mark Few and his team.