The 2011 NCAA Tournament comes to the Pepsi Center for four games on Thursday, March 17, and BYU's Jimmer Fredette leads the list of talented players who will take the court there. But outside of the "the Jimmer," who else are the talented players in the day's games?
No. 14 Wofford Vs. No. 3 BYU: Let's start with Jimmer Fredette. He led the nation in regular season scoring with 28.5 points and set all kinds of school and season records in 2010-11. The senior guard will move on to the NBA in June. For Wofford, the Cougars will need to keep Noah Dahlman down, who averages 20.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
No. 11 Gonzaga Vs. No. 6 St. John's: Long gone are the days of Ronny Turiaf and Adam Morrison for Gonzaga. The Bulldogs are led by Steven Gray's 13.8 points and Robert Sacre's 6.2 rebounds. St. John's coach, Steve Lavin, may just be the biggest name in this game, but Dwight Hardy's 18.0 points this season will keep Gonzaga busy.
No. 12 Richmond Vs. No. 5 Vanderbilt: Vanderbilt features four scorers who average double digits, but none better than John Jenkins and his 19.5 points. Lance Goulbourne pulls 7.3 boards per game. For Richmond, Justin Harper lead the team with 17.9 points and 7.0 rebounds on the season. Kevin Anderson is not far behind with 16.5 points,
No. 13 Morehead State Vs. No. 4 Louisville: There's actually a connection between the Louisville Cardinals and the Denver Nuggets. The Cards' Chris Smith is the younger brother of the Nuggets' J.R Smith. While not the star of the team, Chris Smith sinks 9.1 points and pulls down 4.6 rebounds per game. Morehead State features Kenneth Faried who averages 17.6 points and 14.5 rebounds per game.
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