Kansas guard Ben McLemore (23) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas Tech in Lawrence, Kan., Monday, March 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) ORG XMIT: NYOTK
ORLIN WAGNER • Associated Press ,
NCAA South Region: Difference-maker and three story lines
- March 17, 2013 - 11:36 PM
Ben McLemore, Kansas
This guard certainly didn’t get his game at a thrift store. He averages 16.4 points and 5.3 rebounds. As a shooting guard (43.7 percent on three-pointers) and potential NBA lottery pick, Wolves fans should pay particularly close attention.
Most eye-catching stats: He has scored at least 30 points three times, including a 36-point game against West Virginia.
THREE STORY LINES
[ 1 ] Michigan started the year 20-1 and looked like a national title contender. But a 6-6 finish dropped the Wolverines to a No. 4 seed. They would be a tough Sweet 16 matchup for Kansas.
[ 2 ] Gophers fans will have a keen eye on the UCLA matchup —but another on No. 5 seed VCU, coached by Shaka Smart and the former school of new Minnesota AD Norwood Teague.
[ 3 ] A loss to Syracuse in the Big East semis likely cost Georgetown a No. 1 seed, but the Hoyas have a nice path to Atlanta.
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