Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The 2013 all-NCAA tournament team
By Myron Medcalf
ATLANTA -- After a thrilling five months, the 2012-13 college basketball season has come to an end. Louisville was the last team standing at the final buzzer Monday night.
Here’s my 2013 all-tourney team:
Russ Smith (Louisville) -- He struggled in the title game (3-for-16), but he scored 21 points or more in Louisville’s first five NCAA tournament matchups. He also recorded 15 steals. Without him, the Cardinals would not have reached Atlanta.
Luke Hancock (Louisville) -- The junior became the first non-starter to win Most Outstanding Player honors when he went 5-for-5 from the 3-point line and scored 22 points in the national championship game. He recorded 20 points off the bench against Wichita State in the Final Four. In both games, Hancock hit a pair of crucial second-half 3-pointers.
Louisville's Luke Hancock has struggled shooting against ranked opponents this season.
Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State) -- The junior reportedly will enter this summer’s NBA draft. He nearly carried the Buckeyes to the Final Four. He averaged 22.5 points in four NCAA tourney games and led the Buckeyes to the Elite Eight, where they lost to Wichita State.
Trey Burke (Michigan) -- The sophomore struggled in a Final Four win over Syracuse (1-for-8), but he played like the consensus national player of the year throughout the tournament. His clutch performance in the final minutes of a win against Kansas in the Sweet 16 was one of the most memorable moments in the tourney. He scored 24 points (7-for-11) Monday night, even though he was limited to just 26 minutes because of foul trouble.
Mitch McGary (Michigan) -- Burke won the national awards. But McGary was vital in the Wolverines’ run to their first Final Four since 1993. He averaged 16.0 PPG and 11.6 RPG, also recording 11 steals, 6 blocks and 8 assists in Michigan’s first five NCAA tournament games. Foul trouble was a factor in his performance against the Cardinals (six points, six rebounds).
C.J. Fair (Syracuse) -- The Orange had a plethora of problems against Michigan in their Final Four loss Saturday. But Fair wasn’t one of them. He finished with 22 points and six rebounds in that game. He also recorded six blocks and nine steals in the NCAA tournament.
Cleanthony Early (Wichita State) -- The junior finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds and a block in Wichita State’s first trip to the Final Four in nearly 50 years. He finished with seven or more rebounds in all five Shockers games. The 6-foot-8 forward emerged as a player to watch for 2013-14 with his performance in the NCAA tournament.
Seth Curry (Duke) -- The Blue Devils lost to a talented Louisville team in the Elite Eight. But Curry helped push his squad toward that stage in Indianapolis. The senior scored 21.0 PPG, and he shot 47.3 percent from the field and 50 percent from the 3-point line in four NCAA tournament games.
Mark Lyons (Arizona) -- The Wildcats lost to Ohio State by three points in the Sweet 16. But Lyons played as well as any guard in the field. He scored 73 points in three NCAA tournament games and went 26-for-44 overall.
Brett Comer (Florida Gulf Coast) -- Dunk City captivated the country on the first and second weekends of the NCAA tournament. This 6-3 guard fueled the hoopla. He averaged 10.3 assists in three outings in the Big Dance. And a few of those passes each night were alley-oops.
Michael Carter-Williams had a 4-1 assist-to-turnover ratio in Syracuse’s games against Montana, Indiana and Marquette. But he committed 10 combined turnovers in a win over California and Saturday’s loss to Michigan.
Kelly Olynyk tried to keep Gonzaga alive. The junior averaged 23.5 PPG and 9.5 RPG in the Bulldogs’ two NCAA tournament games.
Temple’s Khalif Wyatt nearly led the Owls to the Sweet 16 with a pair of entertaining efforts. He scored 31 points in a win over No. 8 seed NC State. Then he scored 31 points (12-for-24 from the field) again in a 58-52 loss to No. 1 seed Indiana in the round of 32.
Doug McDermott was a monster in the postseason. He finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds against Cincinnati in Creighton's first game of the tourney. He recorded 21 points and nine rebounds against Duke in the third round.
Arsalan Kazemi, who transferred to Oregon from Rice, finished the Big Dance averaging 15.0 RPG. That was a major boost for a squad that belied its No. 12 seed and reached the Sweet 16.
Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson lived up to the hype when he got hot late in the second half of a second-round win over Wisconsin (19 points). He scored 21 points in a third-round loss to La Salle.
Adreian Payne has a lot to think about in the coming days. The junior recorded identical double-doubles (14 points, 10 rebounds) in games against Memphis (third round) and Duke (Sweet 16). He also finished the tournament with seven blocks.