Sweet 16: SEC needs bench to beat MAC (Big East, MVC eliminated)

Sweet 16: SEC needs bench to beat MAC (Big East, MVC eliminated)

In New York, the Mid American’s top five players went toe-to-toe with the SEC for a 41-41 tie due to double digit outings for Karrington Ward (Eastern Michigan) and Richaun Holmes (Bowling Green). However, the SEC’s second team of Chris Denson (Auburn), Jordan Clarkson (Missouri), Michael Frazier (Florida), Algie Key (Alabama) and Aaron Harrison (Kentucky) dominated each of their counterparts for a 78-68 win.The Elite 8 match-up was set up with the 14-seed MAC pulled the upset of the tournament over the 3-seed Big East 72-70 behind Ohio center Maurice Ndour, who beat his counterpart 9-5. 

While the 3-seed indicates that the Big East is the third best conference from top to bottom, the loss of stars from Syracuse, Pitt and Louisville leaves their All-Conference team much weaker than last year.Meanwhile the SEC was unable to contain the Wichita State duo of Ron Barker and Fred Van Vleet. However, that was offset by the Kentucky duo of Willie Cauley-Stein and Aaron Harrison holding their counterparts to a combined three points to give the SEC an easy 78-60 win over the MVC.

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 is the Elite 8 box score, followed by the box scores for the two Sweet 16 games that set up the Elite 8 showdown: 

All-Star (1st 5 starters) MAC 68 Elite 8 All-Star (1st 5 starters) SEC 78
Rian Pearson Toledo 8 PG Anthony Hickey Louisiana St. 9
Javon McCrea Buffalo 7 SG Trevor Releford Alabama 7
Karrington Ward Eastern Michigan 10 SF Jordan McRae Tennessee 10
Richaun Holmes Bowling Green 10 PF Casey Prather Florida 11
Glenn Bryant Eastern Michigan 6 C Willie Cauley-Stein Kentucky 4
Chris Fowler Central Michigan 6 PG-bu Chris Denson Auburn 7
Nick Kellogg Ohio 7 SG-bu Jordan Clarkson Missouri 8
Jon Smith Ohio 4 SF-bu Michael Frazier Florida 6
Demetrius Treadwell Akron 5 PF-bu Algie Key Alabama 6
Maurice Ndour Ohio 5 C-bu Aaron Harrison Kentucky 10

All-Star (1st 5 starters) BE 70 Sweet 16 All-Star (1st 5 starters) MAC 72
Alex Barlow Butler 8 PG Rian Pearson Toledo 9
D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera Georgetown 9 SG Javon McCrea Buffalo 8
Darrun Hilliard Villanova 8 SF Karrington Ward Eastern Michigan 9
Doug McDermott Creighton 10 PF Richaun Holmes Bowling Green 11
Matt Stainbrook Xavier 7 C Glenn Bryant Eastern Michigan 3
Devin Brooks Creighton 5 PG-bu Chris Fowler Central Michigan 5
D’Angelo Harrison St. John’s 6 SG-bu Nick Kellogg Ohio 7
Bryce Cotton Providence 7 SF-bu Jon Smith Ohio 7
LaDontae Henton Providence 5 PF-bu Demetrius Treadwell Akron 4
James Farr Xavier 5 C-bu Maurice Ndour Ohio 9

All-Star (1st 5 starters) SEC 78 Sweet 16 All-Star (1st 5 starters) MVC 60
Anthony Hickey Louisiana St. 8 PG Jake Odum Indiana St. 7
Trevor Releford Alabama 9 SG Fred Van Vleet Wichita St. 9
Jordan McRae Tennessee 9 SF Richard Carter Drake 9
Casey Prather Florida 11 PF Ron Baker Wichita St. 12
Willie Cauley-Stein Kentucky 9 C Desmar Jackson Southern Illinois 3
Chris Denson Auburn 8 PG-bu DJ Balentine Evansville 7
Jordan Clarkson Missouri 8 SG-bu Gary Ricks Jr Drake 6
Michael Frazier Florida 5 SF-bu Dawon Cummings Indiana St. 3
Algie Key Alabama 5 PF-bu Jarmar Gulley Missouri St. 4
Aaron Harrison Kentucky 6 C-bu Nate Buss Northern Iowa 0


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