When SI.com college basketball empress Amanda Younger asked me to compile a list of 10 names you need to know for the NCAA tournament, I sulked. Normally, I'd love to undertake such a task. After all,
Robert Morris swingman Lucky Jones got tossed for a flagrant foul, but he scored 15 points Tuesday in the Colonials' first-round upset of Kentucky. Meanwhile, Sir'Dominic Pointer scored 15 and grabbed seven rebounds to lead St. John's to a first-round win against Saint Joseph's. Unfortunately, this year's NCAA tournament doesn't feature that kind of nomenclature firepower. But fear not. In the absence of actual interesting names, I'm here to provide you with 10 names that should interest you as you binge on basketball these next few days.
The McDermotts of Omaha
The younger is 6-foot-8 Creighton forward Doug McDermott, who enters the tournament averaging 23.1 points a game, making him the most prolific scorer in the field. The elder is Greg McDermott, who has coached the Bluejays to two NCAA tournaments in three seasons and who recently showed that Doug's hops are inherited. The McDermotts open this year's tournament Friday against Cincinnati.
Of all the mid-major stars capable of leading their team to an upset win, this South Dakota State guard seems the most likely candidate to blow up the scoreboard and become a national celebrity for at least 24 hours. Wolters is fourth in the nation in scoring at 22.7 points a game, and his Jackrabbits drew Michigan in the first round. South Dakota State will have to overcome a decidedly partisan crowd Thursday -- though any Michigan State fans in Auburn Hills to watch the Spartans later might lend their support to the Jackrabbits -- as well as all-everything point guard Trey Burke, but if Wolters is feeling it, he could be the breakout star of the first full day of tournament action. A South Dakota State upset of Michigan probably would set up the Jackrabbits for a dose of...
This isn't some band that was much cooler when you saw them in a small club. It's the name for the pressing style embraced by VCU coach Shaka Smart. Havoc got the Rams to the Final Four in 2011, and it has made VCU a trendy pick to win a top-heavy but wide-open South Region. SI's Luke Winn studied Havoc thoroughly this year, filing a
The wife of Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield is a mortal lock to win the Julie Boeheim Trophy for gratuitous coach spouse shots when the Eagles face Georgetown on Friday. Why?
Saint Louis has one of the tournament's most heartwarming stories. After coach Rick Majerus fell ill last fall and died Dec. 1, Majerus disciple and friend Jim Crews coached the Billikens to an Atlantic 10 title and a No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region. So when St. Louis forward Cody Ellis writes
After the Ole Miss guard led the Rebels to an SEC tournament title Sunday, he addressed his snub by the league's coaches for the All-SEC first team like this: "They're losers," Henderson told reporters. "They didn't win this tournament. We did." Later that night,
The UCLA coach may be fighting for his job when the Bruins face Minnesota on Friday night. How do we know this? When Howland was asked Sunday how important UCLA's tournament performance would be, this was his response. "I think you should contact Dan," Howland told the
The pride of Kamloops, British Columbia is the best player for Gonzaga's first No. 1-seeded team. Like 2012 Final Four Most Outstanding Player Anthony Davis, Olynyk was a perimeter player before a seven-inch growth spurt in high school turned him into a post player. Unlike Davis, who helped lead Kentucky to a national title as a freshman and then became the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA draft, Olynyk did not arrive on campus fully formed. The seven-footer played two unspectacular seasons before opting to redshirt the 2011-12 season. He returned from his self-imposed game exile to average 17.5 points and 7.2 rebounds and lead the nation in Player Efficiency Rating for the Bulldogs, who might have the easiest path to the Final Four of any of the No. 1 seeds.