We've already reached the final round of games in the round of 16. One more week to go to crown a champion! And then Lord knows what we're going to do around here.
Peter Jok def. Tyler Smith 15-8 (74-26)
Luka Garza def. Isaiah Moss 15-1 (96-4)
GAME ONE: No. 3 Matt Gatens vs. No. 2 Aaron White
|15.2/4.3||PPG/RPG (best season)||16.4/7.3|
|57.0||eFG% (best season)||60.0|
|12.6||Win Shares (career)||20.6|
Two guys who were significant four-year contributors, who also blossomed into behemoths in their senior seasons: Gatens jumped 2.5 points per game over his junior year, managed 1.4 steals per contest, and shot an absurd 41% from three. White improved by nearly 4 points per game, added an equally-respectable 1.3 steals per game, set a career high in rebounding, and added a reliable perimeter jumper (35.6% from three). Watch for Gatens here, a sneaky good defender who was taller than you remember.
GAME TWO: No. 1 Jarrod Uthoff vs. No. 4 Dean Oliver
|18.9/6.4||PPG/RPG (best season)||14.9/3.5|
|55.1||eFG% (best season)||47.3|
|13.0||Win Shares (career)||9.9|
Finally, it's Uthoff and Oliver. Yes, Uthoff leads in every statistical category, and yes, Uthoff's numbers are artificially deflated by a sophomore season where he didn't even start (insane in retrospect). But don't diminish Oliver's perimeter defense: He had 1.6 steals per game for his career, and 2.1 as a junior. He also posted low turnover numbers, so Uthoff will likely have to resort to blocking Oliver's jumpers oh wait he's probably the best perimeter shot blocker we've ever seen in black and gold.