Final Four Preview: Kansas vs Ohio State, Louisville vs Kentucky

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By J.J. Buck
jj.buck@cumulus.com

Thursday, March 29, 2012

1. Tony Wroten, 6-5 G Washington (16.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.5 apg, 2.0 spg)
2/9 vs. Oregon: 14 pts, 3 rebs, 4 asts, 4 stls
2/12 vs. Oregon State: 12 pts, 7 rebs, 3 asts, 2 stls
2/16 vs. Arizona State: 13 pts,4 rebs, 4 asts, 6 stls
2/18 vs. Arizona: 22 pts, 9 rebs, 2 asts
Next game: 2/25 vs. Washington State
Wroten's numbers have dipped a little but they are still pretty solid. He finally scored over 20 for the first time since late January. He has also had some dazzling defensive performances as well.

2. D'Angelo Harrison, 6-3 G St. John's (16.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.5 spg)
2/8 vs. Cincinnati: 15 pts, 2 rebs, 2 asts
2/12 vs. Georgetown: 24 pts, 2 rebs, 3 asts, 1 stl
2/14 vs. Seton Hall: 12 pts, 1 ast, 2 stls
2/18 vs. UCLA: 22 pts, 8 rebs, 4 asts, 1 stl
Next game: 2/20 vs. DePaul
Over the past month, Harrison has put together his best stretch of the year. He scored double digits in each game and tallied over 20 points six times. Harrison averaged 21.4 points per game and torched a difficult Georgetown defense.

3. Moe Harkless, 6-8 G/F St. John's (15.4 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.7 spg, 1.5 bpg, 1.4 apg)
2/8 vs. Cincinatti: 6 pts, 5 rebs, 3 asts, 1 stl
2/12 vs. Georgetown: 20 pts, 6 rebs, 1 blk, 1 stl
2/14 vs. Seton Hall: 15 pts, 11 rebs, 1 stl
2/18 vs. UCLA: 10 pts, 12 rebs, 3 asts, 1 blk, 6 stls
Next game: 2/20 vs. DePaul
Moe's incredible versatility as a 6-8 guard has been on display over the past few months. His 20-point game against a tall Georgetown defense was particularly impressive. He has been able to rebound very effectively but his scoring is a little down of late.

4. Anthony Davis, 6-10 F Kentucky (13.9 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 4.9 bpg, 1.4 spg)
2/7 vs. Florida: 16 pts, 6 rebs, 1 ast, 4 blks, 2 stls
2/11 vs. Vanderbilt: 15 pts, 8 rebs, 7 blks
2/18 vs. Ole Miss: 10 pts, 6 rebs, 1 ast, 4 blks, 1 stl
Next game: 2/21 vs. Mississippi State
Davis contributes even if it isn't always with points. He somehow has kept block average to nearly five a game, swatting away anything that comes his way.

5. Cody Zeller, 6-11 F Indiana (15.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.4 spg, 1.3 bpg)
2/9 vs. Illinois: 22 pts, 5 rebs, 1 ast, 1 blk, 1 stl
2/15 vs. Northwestern: 23 pts, 7 rebs, 3 asts, 1 stl
2/19 vs. Iowa: 15 pts, 13 rebs, 2 blks, 1 stl
Next game: 2/22 vs. NCCU
Zeller's double-double against Iowa wasn't enough to prevent an upset. Cody, though, has upped his scoring over the past few weeks after a little bit of a dry spell to start February.

6. Bradley Beal, 6-3 G Florida (14.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.3 spg)
2/7 vs. Kentucky: 14 pts, 6 rebs, 3 asts. 1 stl
2/11 vs. Tennessee: 16 pts, 8 rebs, 3 asts, 1 blk, 2 stls
2/18 vs. Arkansas: 21 pts, 9 rebs, 3 asts, 2 blks, 2 stls
Next game: 2/21 vs. Auburn
Beal has been consistently solid of late, scoring double digits in seven straight games. He has also been grabbing more rebounds.

7. Austin Rivers, 6-4 G Duke (15.0 ppg, 2.1 apg, 3.2 rpg)
2/8 vs. North Carolina: 29 pts, 5 rebs, 2 asts, 1 stl
2/11 vs. Maryland: 11 pts, 1 reb, 4 asts, 1 stl
2/16 vs. North Carolina State: 16 pts, 2 rebs, 2 asts
2/19 vs. Boston College: 16 pts, 7 rebs, 2 asts
Next game: 2/23 vs. Duke
It may be difficult to match Rivers' performance against North Carolina. You could see the confidence oozing from the freshman. He made his final three-pointer look like an easy lay-up. He hasn't been able to come close to that performance since.

8. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, 6-4 G Georgia (13.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.8 spg)
2/8 vs. Arkansas: 18 pts, 5 rebs, 1 ast, 3 stls
2/11 vs. Mississippi State: 20 pts, 8 rebs, 3 asts
2/15 vs. South Carolina: 9 pts, 5 rebs, 1 ast, 1 blk, 2 stls
2/19 vs. Vanderbilt: 6 pts, 4 rebs, 2 asts, 1 stl
Kentavious was having stellar February and then South Carolina and Vanderbilt were able to stymie him. This up-and-down quality has been characteristic of Kentavious's year.

9. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, 6-7 F Kentucky (12.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.2 spg)
2/7 vs. Florida: 13 pts, 13 rebs, 3 asts
2/11 vs. Vanderbilt: 4 pts, 7 rebs, 1 ast, 1 blk, 1 stl
2/18 vs. Ole Miss: 4 pts, 7 rebs, 2 asts, 2 stls
Next game: 2/21 vs. Mississippi State
Kidd-Gilchrist appeared to be finding his scorer's touch in January when he posted double figures in five of six games. He has reverted back to his impotent ways, though, recently, but still has been aggressive on the boards.

10. B.J. Young, 6-3 G Arkansas (15.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.1 apg)
2/8 vs. Georgia: 16 pts, 1 ast
2/11 vs. South Carolina: 27 pts, 5 rebs, 4 asts, 1 stl
2/15 vs. Tennessee: 18 pts, 1 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl
2/18 vs. Florida: 31 pts, 4 rebs, 1 ast, 2 stls
Next game: 2/23 vs. Alabama
Speaking of inconsistent: B.J. Young may be the most sporadic scorer in college basketball. From January 25 to February 4, Young averaged only 9.3 points per game including a 3-point game. He has scored 23 points per game over the past four games.

11. Trey Burke, 6-1 G Michigan (14.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.8 apg)
2/8 vs. Nebraska: 12 pts, 5 rebs, 5 asts
2/12 vs. Illinois: 14 pts, 2 rebs, 3 asts, 2 stls
2/18 vs. Ohio State: 17 pts, 2 rebs, 5 asts
Next game: 2/21 vs. Northwestern
Burke has been a very consistent scorer. He has scored double digits in every game since the beginning of December except for his January 24th game against Purdue.

12. Kyles Vinales, 6-1 G Central Connecticut State (18.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.5 apg)
2/8 vs. Quinnipiac: 8 pts, 2 rebs, 3 asts
2/12 vs. Quinnipiac: 27 pts, 1 reb, 3 asts, 1 stl
2/16 vs. St. Francis: 11 pts, 3 asts, 2 stls
2/18 vs. Robert Morris: 32 pts, 2 rebs, 1 ast, 1 stl
Next game: 2/23 vs. Mount St. Mary's
Vinales has also been very inconsistent, but when he has been good, he has been very good. 32 points is a lot of points, but his career-high was 39 points earlier this season.

13. Juan'ya Green, 6-3 G Niagara (16.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.4 apg)
2/9 vs. Siena: 16 pts, 6 rebs, 6 asts, 1 blk, 2 stls
2/11 vs. Rider: 28 pts, 5 rebs, 4 asts, 3 stls
2/15 vs. Canisius: 16 pts, 2 rebs, 5 asts, 2 blks
2/18 vs. Vermont: 12 pts, 2 rebs, 2 asts, 2 stls
Next game: 2/24 vs. St. Peter's
Juan'ya had a pretty bad January points-wise but has bounced back of late. He hasn't posted many of the ridiculous point totals he did earlier in the year.

14. Le'Bryan Nash, 6-7 G/F Oklahoma State (13.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.5 apg)
2/7 vs. Iowa State: 18 pts, 6 rebs, 2 asts, 2 blks, 1 stl
2/11 vs. Kansas: 11 pts, 6 rebs, 2 asts, 2 blks, 1 stl
2/15 vs. Missouri: 11 pts, 6 rebs, 2 asts, 1 stl
2/18 vs. Texas: 18 pts, 4 rebs, 2 asts
Next game: 2/22 vs. Oklahoma
Nash has been scoring double figures since January 25th and is showing some signs of his highly anticipated talent.

15. Rodney Hood, 6-8 G Mississippi State (11.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.0 apg)
2/9 vs. Ole Miss: 10 pts, 6 rebs, 1 ast
2/11 vs. Georgia: 8 pts, 4 rebs, 3 asts
2/14 vs. LSU: 14 pts, 8 rebs
2/18 vs. Auburn: 9 pts, 4 rebs, 2 asts, 1 blk
Next game: 2/21 vs. Kentucky
Hood's numbers have been steadily declining since for a while now. He still has managed to make a difference on the boards.


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