Saturday NCAA Tournament preview

Saturday NCAA Tournament preview
March 22, 2014, 10:45 am
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Knowing what it takes to win is rarely talked about among fans when it comes to whether the team they root for should draft one player over another.

But for NBA scouts and executives, it is truly part of the equation.

And at no time of the season are players and their ability to win, evaluated any higher than the NCAA Tournament.

Of the players outlined as potential Celtics on the first full Day of the tournament, all but one is still playing.

And that lone player whose tournament run is over, T.J. Warren of N C State, won their play-in matchup. And in the Wolfpack's 83-80 overtime loss to St. Louis, Warren had 28 points.

Enough about Warren who will likely be tuning into today's games or at a gym working on his free throw shooting (he was 6-for-14 from the line in the loss to the Billikens).

Below is a list of players going at it today, and the times they play. Tomorrow, I'll recap their performances.

Louisville - Montrezl Harrell
2:45, TNT, Orlando: (4) Louisville vs. (5) St. Louis

Michigan - G, Nik Stauskas
5:15, CBS, Milwaukee: (2) Michigan vs. (7) Texas

Syracuse - G, Tyler Ennis. F, Jerami Grant
7:10, TBS, Buffalo: (3) Syracuse vs (11) Dayton

Michigan State - G, Gary Harris. F, Adreian Payne
8:40, TNT, Spokane: (4) Michigan State vs. (12) Harvard