Top Players To Watch In The Mens Tourney

By Michael Goldman | Posted 28 days ago

The NCAA mens tournament is here! What a glorious day. The pandemic allowed a lot of us to work from home which means we can watch the games from bed. Some of us woke up with a "cough" and are "too sick" to go to work and some of us made the trip to Vegas to watch from a sportsbook.  I won't tell you which one I am. 

Every year new talent emerges during the tournament. I understand the players are giving their all to win a championship but only one team will cut down the nets.  There's something else these guys are playing for...Something that has become maybe as big as cutting down the nets. You with me??? The players give their all and want the ball in their hands to make a buzzer beater or a huge in-game dunk so they can be included in the recap of all recaps. ONE SHINING MOMENT. The song by David Barrett that plays at the end of CBS and TNT's coverage of the championship game that showcases the biggest moments from the tournament.

Here's a look at 5 players who could have a "Shining Moment"

#1: Zach Edey

Zach Edey is in the midst of the best season of his college career as he looks to repeat as national Player of the Year. Edey has averaged 24.4 points, 11.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.2 steals and 2.2 blocks per game while shooting 61.9% from the field. 

#2: Tristen Newton

Tristen Newton is hoping to win his second consecutive title with the UConn Huskies, who are looking for their sixth title in program history. Newton is averaging 15.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 6.0 apg, 1.0 spg, 0.4 bpg and shooting 41.2% from the field and 32.4% from the 3-point line.

#3: RJ Davis

RJ Davis is having a ridiculous senior campaign as the North Carolina Tar Heels look for their seventh title in program history. Davis averaged 21.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.2 spg and 0.2 bpg while shooting 43.1% from the field and 40.6% from 3-point line.

#4: Kyle Filipowski

Kyle Filipowski's decision to return to the Duke Blue Devils for a second season appears to be the right move as he looks to lead the Dukies to their sixth NCAA Tournament title. Flipowski is averaging 17.1 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.1 spg, and 1.6 bpg while shooting 51.1% from the field and 35.0% from the 3-point line.

#5: Jamal Shead

Jamal Shead and the Houston Cougars are looking to win their first national title in program history. Shead's presence on the defensive end has helped Houston become a 1 seed but his offense is something we're going to see shine in the tourney. Shead averaged 13.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 6.2 apg, 2.3 spg and 0.5 bpg while shooting 40.8% from the field and 32.1% from the 3-point line. 

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