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Stephens Basketball Report - March Madness

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Stephens, Featured Writer

Your 2014 NCAA March Madness first round guide is here


March 20, 2014
- The madness of the NCAA Division 1 basketball tournament has arrived and the DMV is represented by the George Washington Colonials and the Eagles of American University.

The Gators of Florida University have been annointed as the best team in the USA. The Gators are the top seed in the South region. The University of Virginia is the top seed in the East. Arizona is number one in the West and undefeated Wichita State is the top seed in the Midwest.

First let’s take a look at the East bracket which
features the Colonials of George Washington (24-8) who
face the Tigers of Memphis University (23-9) on Friday.

GW which featured a balanced offensive attack this season is led by 6’5 Maurice Creek averaging (14.3) points per game. 6’9 Isaiah Armwood leads the team in rebounding (8.5) as well as averaging (12.5) pts. 6’6 Patricio Garino (12.2pts. 4.3 rebs.) and Kevin Larsen (11.3 pts. 7.0) lead the Colonials. Joe McDonald leads the team in assists averaging 4.1 per contest. Kethan Savage (12.7pts. 4.3rebs.) one of the leaders of the team is slowly coming back from an injury. Savage played one minute in their conference loss at the hands of VCU returning from his injury.

DMV native Johnny Dawkins, leads Stanford.

Memphis State (23-9) dropped a 72-59 AAC Conference contest to U-Conn in their last game. The Tigers are led by 6’ Joe Jackson (14.3 pts). Michael Dixon (11.8 pts) and Shaq Goodwin (11.8pts. and 6.6 rebounds) are key for the Tigers.

Other games of interest to this reporter are on Thursday, Cincinnati (27-6) versus Harvard (26-4). On Friday, U-Conn. (26-8) versus St. Joseph’s (24-9) and North Carolina (23-9) versus Providence (23-11).

The Eastern Region also features the number
two seed Villanova Wildcats (28-4) which features two
freshman from the DMV Josh Hart (Sidwell Friends) and
Kris Jenkins (Gonzaga) who have played vital roles
coming off the bench. Hart was named on the ALL BIG EAST Rookie Team. They talked about their BIG EAST season finishing as the regular season champs and the upcoming playoffs.

“The coaching staff really pushed us this year to become the best players we could be. We worked our butts off the whole season.” said Jenkins.

“If we come out and play Villanova basketball tough defense, sharing the ball, taking good shots, and being patient we will be fine.” said the Gonzaga graduate.

Josh Hart talked about his improvement over
the season. “We have worked hard to get where we are
now. The practices have been touch and coach (Wright)
and challenged us all year. I have been working on my
shooting this year and my ball handling.

“I also have to thank Coach (Eric Singletary) at
Sidwell, he prepared me well. I did a lot of work over the
summers when I was there to prepare me for this moment.”

Villanova will face Milwaukee Thursday.

The West bracket will see the Eagles of American
University (20-12) face the Badgers of Wisconsin (26-7)
on Thursday.

American is led by 6’5 Jesse Reed (13.9 pts), 6’10 Tony Wrobicky (12.2pts. 7.3rebs.), 5’9 Darrius Gardner
(11.5 pts. 4.2assists), and 6’3 John Schoof (11.4 pts).

Wisconsin is led by 7’ Frank Kaminsky (13.6 pts and 6.4 rebs), 6’1 Ben Brust (12.9 4.6 rebs.) and 6’8 Sam Dekker (12.7pts. 6.2rebs.) drive the Badgers.

Other games of interest in the West on Thursday Oklahoma (23-9) versus North Dakota State (25-6). On Friday Gonzaga (28-6) versus Oklahoma State (21-12) and Baylor (24-11) versus Nebraska (19-11).

The South Region also features Kansas (24-9), Syracuse (27-5), and UCLA (26-8) are the remaining top four seeds.

Early games of interest on Thursday feature Colorado (23-11) versus Pitt (25-9). On Friday VCU (26-8) versus S.F. Austin (31-2) and New Mexico (27-6)
versus Stanford (21-12).

The Midwest Bracket the most talked about bracket in this tournament features the unbeaten Shockers along with Michigan (25-8), Duke (26-8), and Louisville (28-5)
from the AAC Conference. I am another that looked at
the 4th seeded Cardinals as a surprise.

Early games of note feature on Thursday Texas (23-10) versus Arizona State (21-11) and St. Louis and North Carolina State (22-13).

ENJOY !


 
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