The Sweet 16 of the 2019 NCAA Tournament tips off this evening.
Unless you’re a hardcore college hoops junkie, or an alum or fan of the respective teams left standing, you haven’t seen much of Oregon, Purdue, Tennessee or Virginia on a regular basis this year.
Here’s a quick look at the impact players from the remaining schools in the South Region that could etch their names into March Madness lore as they aim to cut down the nets en route to the Final Four.
University of Virginia – De’Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy
Oregon will have its hands full in their Sweet 16 matchup against the Cavaliers thanks to Virginia’s three-pronged attack of sharpshooter Kyle Guy, distributor Ty Jerome and De’Andre Hunter in the post.
Jerome, who led the ACC in assists, runs the show and opens up the floor for others. Guy stretches the defense as a marksman from deep and Hunter can go get his own offense going any time he wants. UVA doesn’t run a lot of complicated offensive sets, but they stuff they run is done so at optimal and lethal efficiency.
Virginia’s Ty Jerome was excellent in UVA’s 73-68 victory over Louisville. Jerome scored 24 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, dished out 6 assists and got 2 steals. Check out his phenomenal day right here! SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/Oqg3iE The ACC Digital Network (theACCDN) is a joint venture between Stadium, and Raycom Sports, a long-time television producer and partner of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Cavaliers play at the slowest pace in the country and Oregon will need to speed them up if they hope to advance.
Oregon – Payton Pritchard
The Ducks start four players listed at 6-feet-9. The other starter is 6-foot-2 Payton Pritchard.
Payton Pritchard records 19 points and nine assists to lead No. 12 seed Oregon past No. 5 Wisconsin during the first round of the NCAA Tournament in San Jose, California. The Ducks, who dominated the second half 47-29, shot 54.9 percent from the floor and held the Badgers to just 33.3 percent shooting.
During Oregon’s 10-game winning streak, including wins over Wisconsin and UC Irvine in the NCAA Tournament, he’s averaged 16.3 points on 48.4% shooting with 54 assists.
Purdue – Carsen Edwards
Edwards scored a career high 42 points while banging in nine 3-pointers when Purdue demolished defending national champion Villanova in the second round on Saturday.
Carsen Edwards was HOOPING for Purdue tonight. 42 PTS 12-21 FG 9-16 3PT Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/user/BleacherReport?sub_confirmation=1 Follow on IG: http://www.instagram.com/f/bleacherreport Follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/bleacherreport Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bleacherreport
One of the most dynamic scorers in America, he’s averaging 34 points through the first two games of the tourney.
Tennessee – Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield
Williams averages 19.0 points on 56.5% shooting and 7.6 rebounds. Schofield puts up 16.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
Tennessee Volunteers were carried by their stars as Admiral Schofield had a strong 21 points, Grant Williams (20 points) came up clutch in the end with two big 3-pointers, and Jordan Bone (18) who hit the free throws to close out the game in a 82-78 win over the Kentucky Wildcats.
They are the country’s top 1-2 combo not named Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett.