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Bracket Buster Bandits: South And Midwest Region

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Two mid-major players who could lead their teams to upsets in the NCAA tournament

South Region: Keon Johnson, 5‘7”, Guard, Winthrop

If you have been following the best scorers in the nation, then you definitely noticed that there are a few players standing at under 6”. There’s Eastern Michigan’s Marcus Keene, who is 5”9’ and Mount St. Mary’s 5”5’ Junior Robinson, but Winthrop’s 5”7’ prolific scorer Keon Johnson is causing quite a stir. Johnson is a walking bucket and is one player that could possibly give Butler’s elite defense some issues. According to Kenpom, Keon has a 115.4 offensive rating.

In 35.0 minutes per game this season, Keon Johnson averages 22.5 points per game on 43% shooting and an astounding 40% from three point range. Scoring against Butler should be no problem for Johnson, as he has shown this season that he can score well against major teams. On November 21st, Johnson scored a game high 38 points in a win against Illinois from the Big Ten. Johnson shot 15-21 (71%) from their field and 4-7 from the three-point range in that game. 

Butler’s defense is known for keeping offensive players like Johnson from entering the paint, and they could pose a real threat to Johnson’s scoring process. But can they keep up with him if he’s hot from the three-point range? If Johnson has his way with the Bulldogs, Winthrop could upset the Big East power and move on to the next round.

Anthony Lamb: 6‘6” Forward, Vermont

The last time Vermont was in the NCAA tournament, one of the team’s best players was a freshman guard by the name of Four McGlynn. Five years later, one freshman that has been the key to Vermont’s historical season is 6‘6” forward Anthony Lamb. 

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Anthony Lamb leads Vermont in scoring and three-point percentage.

The Rochester, NY native is UVM’s leading scorer at 12.6 points per game and five rebounds per game. He shoots at 50% from the field and 40% from three-point range that ranks among some of the top freshman in the nation. This game against a Big Ten powerhouse could be a big test for the 6-6 freshman as he will likely be matched up against 6-9 Sophomore forward Caleb Swanigan. If Lamb has a breakout game against the Boilermakers and he wins the matchup over Swanigan, it could be like 2005 all over again for the Catamounts. 

Edited by Brian Kang.

When was the last time Vermont was in the NCAA tournament ?
Created 3/16/17
  1. 2006
  2. 2012
  3. 2013
  4. 2016

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