His team may not be advancing to the Sweet 16, but that certainly can't be blamed on Khalif Wyatt. The Temple guard scored 31 points in both of the Owls' two NCAA tournament games, the first a 76-72 victory over NC State and the second a taut 58-52 loss to Indiana. If highlighting a player whose team was ousted rubs you wrong, there are other deserving candidates. Kansas would not still be playing without contributions from Jeff Withey on both ends, nor would Marquette without the late-game heroics of Vander Blue.
A national TV audience was waiting for Nate Wolters to channel Stephen Curry and lead South Dakota State to a memorable upset of fourth-seeded Michigan in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Instead Wolters endured one of the more miserable games of his otherwise excellent college career. The senior guard and potential NBA draft pick managed only a quiet 10 points on 3 of 14 shooting in a 71-56 loss to the Wolverines.Best photos of the NCAA tournament]
With a 10-3 overall NCAA tournament record and four teams in the Sweet 16, the Big Ten validated its season-long status as the best conference in college basketball. Michigan and Michigan State advanced to the Sweet 16 in convincing fashion and Ohio State and Indiana joined them by surviving tense, back-and-forth round of 32 games. Of the three Big Ten schools eliminated, only Wisconsin lost to an opponent with a worse seed.Read More »from The best and worst of the NCAA tournament’s opening weekend