Round 1: SEC 78, Big South 66 and MVC 79, WAC 56

Round 1: SEC 78, Big South 66 and MVC 79, WAC 56

In Orlando, Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein held his counterpart to only two points and Trevor Releford (Alabama) and Casey Prather (Florida) both scored in double figures to give the 6-seed SEC at 78-66 win over the Big South. They will travel to New York to face the 11-seed Missouri Valley, which powered past the WAC 79-56 due to dominant performances by Wichita State’s duo of Fred Van Vleet (shooting guard) and Ron Baker (power forward).

In the mock tournament, all 32 conferences were seeded based on their ratings at www.kenpom.com, and then sent to their likely 2014 tournament sites. The top 10 players to date from each conference were pitted against their counterpart using the Value Add Predictor  to determine how many points each player would score against his counterpart, with the winning team advancing. All players can be looked up at www.valueaddbasketball.com. The following are the box scores for both games: 

All-Star (1st 5 starters) SEC 78 Position All-Star (1st 5 starters) BSth 66
Anthony Hickey Louisiana St. 8 PG RJ Price Radford 6
Trevor Releford Alabama 12 SG Rodney Glasgow Virginia Military Inst 10
Jordan McRae Tennessee 9 SF Javonte Green Radford 9
Casey Prather Florida 13 PF John Brown High Point 13
Willie Cauley-Stein Kentucky 8 C DJ Cunningham North Carolina Asheville 2
Chris Denson Auburn 6 PG-bu Andre Smith Winthrop 5
Jordan Clarkson Missouri 6 SG-bu Tyler Strange Gardner Webb 4
Michael Frazier Florida 5 SF-bu Arlon Harper Charleston Southern 4
Algie Key Alabama 6 PF-bu Tristan Carey Longwood 5
Aaron Harrison Kentucky 5 C-bu Andrew Ryan Campbell 8

All-Star (1st 5 starters) MVC 79 Position All-Star (1st 5 starters) WAC 56
Jake Odum Indiana St. 8 PG Daniel Mullings New Mexico St. 7
Fred Van Vleet Wichita St. 11 SG Issiah Grayson Cal St. Bakersfield 8
Richard Carter Drake 9 SF KC Ross-Miller New Mexico St. 7
Ron Baker Wichita St. 12 PF Clarke Rosenberg Chicago St. 8
Desmar Jackson Southern Illinois 10 C Killian Larson Grand Canyon 5
DJ Balentine Evansville 7 PG-bu Demetrius Walker Grand Canyon 6
Gary Ricks Jr Drake 8 SG-bu Connor Hill Idaho 6
Dawon Cummings Indiana St. 4 SF-bu Clarence Trent Seattle 3
Jarmar Gulley Missouri St. 5 PF-bu Deshaun Sunderhaus Seattle 3
Nate Buss Northern Iowa 5 C-bu Sim Bhullar New Mexico St. 3

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