The first day of the Sweet Sixteen produced one unexpected blowout and one extremely tight game. Will Day Two bring the same?
Luke Recker def. Tyler Cook 15-11 (64-36)
Reggie Evans def. Jeff Horner 20-18 (51-49) (this one was decided by a mere 14 votes)
GAME ONE: No. 3 Greg Brunner vs. No. 2 Roy Devyn Marble
|14.7/9.2||PPG/RPG (best season)||17.0/4.0|
|56.3||eFG% (best season)||47.9|
|15.2||Win Shares (career)||13.3|
Brunner only has an inch on Marble, but this still presents an obvious contrast in styles. Brunner never met a lane he couldn't charge into shoulder-first, and was in the top two of the Big Ten in rebounding three times. Marble developed into an effective perimeter shooter and shot creator. If Marble makes shots, he probably wins. But if he doesn't, there aren't going to be many second chances.
GAME TWO: No. 1 Adam Haluska vs. No. 4 Jordan Bohannon
|20.5/4.7||PPG/RPG (best season)||13.5/2.4|
|56.9||eFG% (best season)||57.1|
|15.9||Win Shares (career)||9.8|
Those effective field goal rates for two perimeter shooters are completely insane. And while both of these guys' career numbers are harmed by (by their standards) lackluster freshman years, those best season figures show just how explosive these scorers are. This one probably comes down to defense and size: How does Bohannon stop one of the best pure athletes the program has ever seen?