Randle among Sunday's top NCAA performers

Randle among Sunday's top NCAA performers
March 24, 2014, 9:45 am
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BOSTON — Sunday offered up yet another day in which some of the nation's most storied basketball programs came up short, proving yet again why anything is possible once you get to the NCAA Tournament.

Before the tournament began, we highlighted a few players that could make their way to Causeway Street and become Boston Celtics draft picks in June.

Here's a recap of how those that played on Sunday fared in what may have been their last collegiate games, while others continue to go forward in what they hope will be a run at a national championship.

Andrew Wiggins, G/F, Kansas
In what many expect was Andrew Wiggins' last game at Kansas, the soon-to-be-millionaire delivered one of the more jaw-dropping disappearing acts of the tournament as 10th seed Stanford knocked off Wiggins and the No. 2 seed Jayhawks, 60-57. Wiggins scored just four points, missing five of his six shots from the field to go with four turnovers.

Julius Randle, F, Kentucky
The Wildcats delivered the upset of the night in knocking off previously undefeated Wichita State, 78-76, to advance to the Sweet 16. Randle showed the kind of growth in this game that Kentucky has been longing for all season. He had a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds, but just as important was his six assists which came about at times because of his ability to see the double-team coming and make the Shockers pay.

James Young, G, Kentucky
Young's go-ahead jumper with about two minutes to play was among the many big shots made by Kentucky. He would finish with 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting, in addition to grabbing eight rebounds.

Willie Cauley-Stein, F/C, Kentucky
Statistically, Cauley-Stein didn't do much with four points and a two rebounds. But against a team as good as Wichita State, every contribution no matter how small, was huge in Kentucky's upset.

Kyle Anderson, G/F, UCLA
Anderson may be one of the more under-rated players still in the tourney, consistently showing the versatility NBA teams covet. In UCLA's 77-60 win over Stephen F. Austin, Anderson had 15 points to go with eight rebounds and five assists. The scoring should have been better when you consider he was 4-for-8 from the free throw line.

Zach LaVine, G, UCLA
His role continues to shrink over time. He logged 15 minutes off the bench on Sunday, tallying just one point, one rebound and one assist while picking up four personal fouls.

Doug McDermott, F, Creighton
Baylor exposed Creighton in a way no team had done all season, and the end result was an 85-55 thumping that officially brings an end to the career of McDermott, one of the greatest scorers in college basketball history. However, McDermott could only muster up 15 points on Sunday -- that's about half of what he normally scores -- against Baylor's swarming zone defense and athleticism.

Aaron Gordon, F, Arizona
Gordon is another player whose stock continues to grow throughout this tournament. The 6-foot-6 forward continues to be an anchor to one of the nation's best teams defensively while showing signs of potential growth as a scorer. He finished with 18 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals in just 23 minutes as the Wildcats blew out Gonzaga, 84-61.