NCAA Tournament Tidbits: 03.22.12 Edition

Posted by rtmsf on March 22nd, 2012

The NCAA Tournament is here and there’s more news, commentary and analysis than any of us can possibly keep up with. To make things a little easier, we’ll bring you a list of daily links gathered about teams in each of the four regions all the way through the Final Four.

Midwest Region

West Region

East Region

  • Syracuse forward CJ Fair has struggled both in the Big East Tournament and through the first two games of the NCAA Tournament. The Baltimore native is looking to regain his Big East form in the Sweet Sixteen. Improved play by Fair would give the top-seeded Orange a brand new dimension.
  • Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim is in his 36th season at the school and by now, everyone should know that in Boeheim’s world, you’re either with him or against him.
  • Wisconsin has had the luxury of having additional scorers emerge in the NCAA Tournament. Forward Mike Bruesewitz and guards Ben Brust and Rob Wilson have seen their scoring outputs rise in the first two games of the Big Dance.
  • Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin will not focus on the Bearcats’ NCAA Tournament history with Ohio State, but rather he will lead his team into making its own history.
  • Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger is looking to lead his team to some Sweet Sixteen redemption. If you recall, last March the top-seeded Buckeyes were bested by Kentucky in this round.

South Region

  • When Kentucky lost to Indiana on December 10, Terrence Jones had one of his worst games of the season. The sophomore forward scored only four points, grabbed one rebound, and finished with six turnovers. Entering Friday’s rematch, Jones is seeking a bit of personal redemption.
  • Indiana sophomore guard Will Sheehey has been a solid contributor for the Hoosiers all season. What most people do not know is the interesting story of his recruitment to Indiana.
  • Indiana swingman Christian Watford still savors the buzzer-beating three-pointer he hit to beat Kentucky. However, the junior noted that, “It’s kind of over now.”
  • When Scott Drew arrived at Baylor, the program was coming off perhaps the worst scandal in NCAA history. Now, Drew has led a remarkable turnaround that has culminated in two Sweet Sixteen appearances in the last three years.
  • ESPN.com made a list of the most indispensable players for each Sweet Sixteen team. It was interesting that they chose center Kenny Frease for Xavier, but if Frease puts together more performances like his against Lehigh, he deserves to be on this list.
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