NCAA Tournament Tidbits: 04.02.13 Edition

Posted by WCarey on April 2nd, 2013

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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.

Louisville

  • Many people around the country are very surprised that Wichita State has advanced to the Final Four, but Louisville coach Rick Pitino is not one of them. “I picked Wichita State to go to the Final Four,” Pitino said Monday during a conference call.
  • Louisville junior guard Russ Smith was named a third team All-America selection by the Associated Press.
  • When Louisville guard Kevin Ware suffered his horrific compound fracture Sunday, one teammate rushed to be by his side as he laid on the court writhing in pain; that teammate was swingman Luke Hancock.
  • With the injury to guard Kevin Ware, Louisville’s backcourt depth took a bit of a hit. Walk-on Tim Henderson will be called upon to play increased minutes in Ware’s absence and Cardinals coach Rick Pitino expects him to step up in his unexpected role.
  • The injury to Ware definitely has caused and will continue to cause some adversity for Louisville, but as Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports explains, this injury is not the worst adversity head coach Rick Pitino has had to handle.

Wichita State

Michigan

  • Michigan freshman forward Mitch McGary has exploded onto the national scene during the NCAA Tournament by averaging 17 points and 11 rebounds in the Wolverines’ four games. While McGary is just a freshman, ESPN‘s Chad Ford believes he would be a likely first round pick if he decides to declare for this June’s NBA Draft.
  • Michigan point guard Trey Burke received more postseason accolades Monday when he was named a first team All-America by both the Associated Press and the Wooden Award.
  • Michigan guard Tim Hardaway Jr. and forwards Jon Horford and Glenn Robinson III are all parts of pretty impressive NBA families, proving that the apple does not fall far from the tree.
  • While Michigan has been led to the Final Four mostly by its youth, it was lightly-used seniors Eso Akunne, Josh Bartelstein, Blake McLimas, Corey Person, and Matt Vogrich who were on the court as the final seconds ticked away in Sunday’s Elite Eight victory over Florida. Those five played the last minute of the blowout, but it meant so much more to them, proving that their dedication has paid off in their final seasons.
  • Michigan coach John Beilein‘s long and winding career finally has him at his first Final Four, but the veteran coach says there is no personal validation from that berth.

Syracuse

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