Stock Watch - Day 3 of NCAA Tournament
Mike Muscala - Bucknell Bison
No player hurt his stock early on in the tournament as much as Senior Mike Muscala. Muscala is the two time Patriot League Player of the Year but, did not perform like it. Mike started 1-9 form the field as Bucknell trailed in the first half 21-14. As the game went on Muscala didn't fair much better as he finished 4-19 from the field. Muscala only got to the charity stripe one time. Although Muscala finished the game nearly with a double-double, (9 Points, 10 Rebounds, 0 Blocks, 0 Steals, 1 Assist) his off day cost his team a win in the NCAA Tournament as No. 11 Bucknell lost to No. 6 Butler 68-56
Steven Adams - Pittsburgh Panthers
Freshman Steven Adams has a great first and only game of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Adams finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks. Adams' performance was not nearly enough as No. 9 Wichita State crushed No. 8 Pittsburgh 73-55. It's too bad for Adams that his team exited in the first round after his stellar performance.
Vander Blue - Marquette Golden Eagles
Guard Vander Blue led No. 3 Marquette to a 2nd round victory over No. 14 Davidson 59-58. Even know Marquette just squeezed by Davidson, Blue led his team with 16 points while scoring the go-ahead bucket. While his performance wasn't dominating, it was just good enough to move his team onto the 3rd round.
Kelly Olynyk - Gonzaga Bulldogs
Kelly Olynyk was undoubtedly the MVP of this 2nd round matchup. Olynyk led the Bulldogs with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Gonzaga survived an upset bid by Southern University. His performance definitely solidified his spot in the top 20 of the 2013 NBA draft. Olynyk's teammate Elias Harris hurt his draft stock by scoring 5 points on 2-10 shooting.
Marcus Smart - Oklahoma State
Marcus Smart had an average performance but filled up the stat sheet in No. 5 Oklahoma State's upset loss vs. No. #12 Oregon 68-55 . Smart scored 14 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals and 5 turnovers. This performance didn't hurt his stock too much, but because his team is eliminated, it leaves room for others to pass him on team's big boards.
Trey Burke - Michigan Wolverines
No. 4 Michigan Wolverines pulled away in the 2nd half from No. 13 South Dakota State to win 71-56. Guard trey Burke had an abysmal performance shooting just 2-12 from the floor while managing to score 6 points. Burke did dish out 7 assists to his teammates. Let's see if Burke can bounce back from this game in the next round.
By Steven Spector - 3 -21-13