The East is the only bracket where all top 4 seed remain. Check out my breakdown below.
Top 5 Players
1.Shane Larkin (Miami)- With the Canes down late to Illinois, Larkin hit a clutch three and then he lead Miami to victory down the stretch.
3. Victor Oladipo (Indiana)- There is no better on the ball defender left in the tournament and he sealed Indiana’s last win with a last second three pointer.
4. C.J. Fair (Syracuse)- There is no smoother player in the country than Fair. He is automatic with the 12-foot jump shot.
5. Michael Carter Williams (Syracuse)- Williams is the best passing point guard left in the tournament, and he can also score and rebound.
Best scorer : Vander Blue (Marquette)
Best passer: Michael Carter- Williams (Syracuse)
Best shooter: James Southerland (Syracuse)
Best low-post scorer: Cody Zeller (Indiana)
Best leader: Shane Larkin (Indiana)
Best rebounder: Cody Zeller (Indiana)
Best defender: Victor Oladipo (Indiana)
Best NBA prospect: Cody Zeller (Indiana)
Ranking the Coaches
1. Jim Boeheim (Syracuse)
2. Tom Crean (Indiana)
3. Jim Larranaga (Miami)
4. Buzz Williams (Marquette)
Facts and Stats
-In the East region all top 4 seeds have advanced to the Sweet 16. This is only the 15th time this his happened out of 116 times since 1985.
- Shane Larkin scored or assisted on 50 % of Miami points in their last win versus Illinois.
-Marquette has won their first two games by a combined 3 points. That is lowest ever for a team advancing to the Sweet 16.
- Indiana has the 2nd most efficient offense in the country, but Syracuse has the third best field goal percentage in the nation.
- While playing against zones this season Indiana is shooting 53 %, that the 4th best in the country.