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Cleanthony Early, 6’8, Junior, Forward, Wichita State Shockers
The No. 9 seed Wichita State Shockers are in the Final Four after an incredible tournament run led by Junior Cleanthony Early. Early is averaging 13.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, shooting 45% from the field and 78% at the free-throw line in 38 games. The Shockers have a 30-8 overall record and finished the Missouri Valley Conference with a 12-6 mark. Early has scored in double-figures in 30 games, produced three double-doubles with the Shockers going 2-1 and recorded six 20-point games with the Shockers going 6-0. The Shockers are the first team from the Missouri Valley Conference to reach the Final Four since Indiana State reached the title game back in 1979 and were led by a guy named Larry Bird.
By Mike Almonte,
Otto Porter Jr., 6’8, Sophomore, Forward, Georgetown Hoyas
Otto Porter Jr. is establishing himself as another great player in the storied history of Georgetown putting together a great sophomore season averaging 15.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, shooting 49% from the field and 75% at the free-throw line. His great play has helped No. 11 Georgetown to a 20-4 record and 10-3 mark in Big East play. Porter has scored double-figures in 20 games, produced five 20-point games with the Hoyas going 4-1 in those games and recorded six double-doubles. Porter’s NBA Draft stock is rising with the Big East and NCAA Tournament coming up looking to lead the Hoyas to the Final Four for the first time since 2007.
With a little over a week left in the month of February it is only a matter of time until people are making brackets, placing their bets, and are glued to their televisions and ESPN college basketball phone apps. Majority of people are always looking at the top seeded teams but one should also look at those who are right there near the top but may get over-looked.
Second place in the Big East is the Syracuse Orange. The Orange who were only one game behind Marquette University in their conference before their win Wednesday night against division rival Providence 89-54. In what is one of the tightest conferences and by far one of the toughest conferences it is easy for people to lose track of a team, but Syracuse should not be one of them.
By Chris Ramirez
Syracuse, NY – C.J. Fair had a double – double by having 18 points and 10 rebounds as Syarcuse beat Norte Dame to end it’s two game losing streak. Jerian Grant scored a career-high 14 points for Syracuse (19-3, 7-2 Big East). Rakeem Christmas had 12 points and four blocks for the Orange. “Defensively we played just as good of a game that we would’ve wanted to play,”
said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. “I think offensively we were a little more patient and we moved the ball a little bit better.”