To have made it through the first weekend of the NCAA tournament a team would have needed some fantastic play from one of their leaders. That is why the Michigan State Spartans are in a great spot after getting two dominant performances from Draymond Green.
However, Green isn’t the only player to have led his team to wins in their first two games. These other players have been and will continue to have great games going forward in the tournament.
Draymond Green-Michigan State Spartans
Through the Spartans first two games of the NCAA tournament, Green has put up some impressive numbers. He’s scored a double-double in both games, scoring 40 total points and grabbing 25 rebounds.
Coming into the tournament Green has strung together three straight double-double games where he’s averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Green will have to continue to be a dominant force for the Spartans if they are want to continue this road to the Final Four. If he can, Michigan State will be a serious threat to win their region and the national championship.
Brady Heslip-Baylor Bears
The Bears are led by the sharpshooting talents of sophomore Brady Heslip. Heslip has gone off in the NCAA tournament, hitting 5 three-pointers in Baylor's opening game against South Dakota State. However, he carried the Bears in their third-round game against Colorado, hitting 9 three-pointers while scoring 27 points.
Helsip enters the Sweet 16 on a five-game double figures streak. Over those four games, Helsip has averaged 17 points per game and averaging 4.8 three pointers made.
Heslip will find room against Xavier in the Sweet 16, which will result in another 20-point game for the talented sophomore.
Harrison Barnes-North Carolina Tar Heels
Barnes will have to pick up the void that will be left by Kendall Wright; after news broke that Wright will miss the remainder of the tournament because of a wrist injury.
Picking up the scoring slack with Wright out shouldn’t be hard for Barnes. Coming into their Sweet 16 game against the Ohio Bobcats, Barns is on a six game streak where he’s scored in double-figures.
He ripped Vermont for 23 points in North Carolina’s first game, and had a solid 14 point game against Creighton.
Against Ohio, Barnes should have no problem finding the basket and going off for 23 points, as North Carolina moves onto the Elite Eight.
These three players will have big games in the Sweet 16 that will carry their teams into the Elite Eight and eventually the Final Four.