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Sweet 16: East Bracket Breakdown

Published on March 27, 2013 by Scott Shirley   ·   No Comments

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.

2. Cody Zeller (Indiana)- He is the best running big man in the country, look for him to have a big game in finding holes in the Syracuse zone.

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.

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