Cade Cunningham has lived up to the hype at Oklahoma State and delivered in a big way over Oklahoma. Furthermore, his 40 points and 10 rebound performance put him in a position to lead Oklahoma State to a strong seed in the NCAA Tournament and being the First team All-American. His ability to lead this team and have the capability to take over games in their biggest moments is impressive. Cunningham could have decided to leave Oklahoma State when their NCAA Tournament eligibility was in question, but he stayed with his commitment. Now, the Cowboys will be a dangerous team when entering the NCAA Tournament and Cunningham is the guy any team would love to have lead them.
Eric Mussleman continues to deliver and in his second season at Arkansas, this team is right there with Alabama at the top of the SEC. The ability for Arkansas to continue to develop their guard play is impressive, as they are led by Moses Moody, JD Notae, Jalen Tate and Davonte Davis. Additionally, Justin Smith brings great energy and versatility to the frontcourt that changes the dynamic of this Arkansas team. The ability for this team to match up with any perimeter in the country and being special offensively. This will give Arkansas a chance to advance in the NCAA Tournament.
North Carolina had a must-win game to make the NCAA Tournament and defeated Florida State. The frontcourt of North Carolina is stable. Therefore, the production of Armando Bacot, Day’Ron Sharpe and Garrison Brooks lead the way with their offensive production. The emergence of Walker Kessler made the difference for North Carolina showing the ridiculous amount of depth that this North Carolina frontcourt has. Also, the play of Caleb Love and R.J. Davis has been more consistent and will be imperative as they close out this season. The x-factor for this team is Kerwin Walton with his perimeter shooting. North Carolina is in position for the NCAA Tournament and will need their youth to play at a high level.
UConn is an NCAA Tournament team with the return of James Bouknight. He gives UConn a catalyst throughout the game that they can depend on and makes R.J. Cole even more efficient. The young frontcourt will make a major difference for UConn, as they need Isiah Whaley and Adam Sanogo to be consistent. Also, Andre Jackson has major potential off the bench with his size and versatility he could be a major key down the stretch for UConn. Having Tyler Polley and his ability to make perimeter shots will be important.
Illinois is without Ayo Dosunmu however they are still finding ways to win games with Kofi Cockburn being the focal point of the offense. The emergence of Adam Miller and Andre Curbelo being major offensive threats. Also, Trent Frazier brings great veteran play with the ability to handle the basketball and play off the ball making bigs shots. Damonte Williams gives them another wing who can play on both ends giving them that depth. Brad Underwood has done a very good job of managing this team with Dosunmu out. With the return of Ayo Dosunmu, they could be even more dangerous than before entering the NCAA Tournament.
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