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Sweet 16: Midwest Bracket Breakdown

Published on March 29, 2013 by Scott Shirley   ·   No Comments

The Midwest is by far the toughest region to get to the final four, just look at the coaches.

Top 5 Players

1. Russ Smith (Louisville)- There is no quicker player from end to end that Smith, he can drive to the hoop 1 on 5 and score if he wants too.

2.  Mason Plumlee (Duke)- Plumlee is averaging about 16 ppg and 7rpg so far in the big dance.

3. Gorgui Dieng (Louisville)- No player has improved from his freshman year until now than Dieng.

4. Peyton Siva (Louisville)- Rick Pitino has called Siva one of the best leaders and players he has ever coached.

5.  Seth Curry (Duke)- Curry is the best shooter left in the tournament.

Best scorer : Russ Smith, Louisville

Best passer: Peyton Siva, Louisville

Best shooter: Seth Curry, Duke

Best low-post scorer: Derrick Nix, Michigan State

Best leader: Peyton Siva, Louisville

Best rebounder: Gorgui Dieng, Louisville

Best NBA prospect: Mason Plumlee, Duke

Ranking the Coaches

1.Mike Krzyzewski (Duke)

2.Rick Pitino (Louisville)

3.Tom Izzo (Michigan State)

4. Dana Altman (Oregon)

Facts and Stats

- Duke has only advanced past the sweet 16 twice since 2001. They have never reached the final four when they were a 2 seed.

- Michigan State leads the tournament in second chance points (36).

-Louisville averages 23.2 points off turnovers, which is best in the country. So far in the NCAA Tournament the Cardinal opponents are turning the ball over 21.4 times per game.

- Last game Oregon shot 8 of 11 from the three point line. That is the best shooting percentage from three in the tournament in the last 2 years.

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