03 / 16 / 2018
  - 12:22:40 PM
Bracket Already Ruined? Focus On These Players To Take Your Mind Off Of It

By MyFM's Jake Archer - Is your bracket already dead? It certainly could be after we saw some major upsets yesterday. Now you're discouraged and don't even care about the tournament anymore and that's just no good. Don't let that ruin your fun before it even started! Tune in at least to watch these key players that still remain in the tourney.

Miles Bridges (Michigan State Sophomore Forward)

Many people thought Bridges should and would go out to the NBA Draft last year. Instead, he decided to stick around and keep dominating in college and boy is he fun to watch. Bridges can score in a variety of ways and he'll certainly be giving #14 seed Bucknell fits tonight as they tip off at 7:10 p.m.

Mohamed Bamba (Texas Freshman Forward) 

I wanted to write about the other freshman forward, Deandre Ayton, today. Unfortunatley, he played terribly and his #4 seeded Arizona team lost last night so he will not be someone to watch. Instead, I'll go with Bamba from Texas who isn't as good as Ayton but will probably have a better tournament (not saying much). Bamba reminds a lot of people of Nerlens Noel, but I see a little Rudy Gobert in his game. He's a big time defensive stalwart but he can actually score and rebound quite a bit as well. I'll be excited to see him play and I'm possibly more excited to just shout "BAMBA" a million times.

Grayson Allen (Duke Senior Guard)

I mean c'mon, Grayson Allen has to almost top everyone's list of players to watch. Guess what? You should enjoy it too. Enjoy hating him for his last tournament run at Duke because he was one of the all-time least likable, sterotypical, annoying Blue Devils. He's probably going to fade to obscurity at the next level so just cherish this moment. We rarely get a good four-year guy like this and it is a little sad to know this is the end of a run. I can't wait to watch him possibly throw a fit or cry one more time. He had 16 points in yesterday's win over Iona. 

Jalen Brunson (Villanova Junior Guard)

Brunson is the best scorer on one of the best offenses college basketball has seen recently. He fills up the stat sheet and is the man taking the shot in any key situation. He won't be allowing 'Nova to go down easy. He scored 16 on 7-of-9 shooting in yesterday's blowout over Radford.

Devonte' Graham (Kansas Senior Guard)

Graham has an up-hill battle ahead of him as Kansas is viewed as a flawed #1 seed in a bracket that contains Duke and Michigan State. Sure, they won a 14th straight Big 12 title but that has more to do with the conference then how good this particular Jayhawks team is. Graham lit it up for 29 yesterday to get by a pesky Penn team, but he'll need some sort of help and good luck to make a run. Kansas relies too heavily on the three-ball, as does Graham, and though they are strong from behind the arc, we all know what happens to those types of teams when they go cold in March. 

Marvin Bagley III (Duke Freshman Forward)

It's unclear whether the freshman will stay in school to play on what will be a Duke super team next year, or whether he'll take advantage of his high draft stock and turn pro. This could be his one and only tournament run as a Blue Devil and it'll be interesting to see how he puts his stamp on the program's history. I'd say he's the best freshman in the country and he's got a little bit of a young Amare Stoudamire to him, so I'm excited to see that explosive, big-bodied, stud keep working. He scored 22 to lead Duke over Iona yesterday.

Collin Sexton (Alabama Freshman Guard)

Sexton has been described as the "Kemba Walker of this year's tournament." That's high praise as Kemba was an all-time college player on a big program who took his team (that year as underdogs) to an improbable title. He illustrated what is arguably the best NCAA tournament run of all-time. If Sexton can do half of what he did, he'll be extremely happy. He's also been compared to Russell Westbrook, which only further excites me. Yesterday, in his team's back and forth battle with Virginia Tech, he dropped 25 to pull out the win. I'm excited to see what he can do next against Villanova.

Michael Porter Jr. (Missouri Freshman Forward)

Porter is one of those guys you've heard so much about that you can't even believe he's just a freshman. I've been hearing about the kid since probably his freshman year in high school! Now he's finally here, on the big stage with his Missouri Tigers team about to face Florida State late tonight. I'll be looking forward to see if he lives up to the hype and makes a run before bolting for the NBA. 

There are plenty more interesting players to keep an eye on this March but these are the top guys that I will be making a point of sitting down and paying all of my attention to. Enjoy the games and try not to be upset if you picked Arizona. 

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