NCAA Scores 2012: Draymond Green and Leaders Who Will Carry Their Teams

T.J. McaloonContributorMarch 19, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 18: Brandon Wood #30, Draymond Green #23 and Keith Appling #11 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Billikens during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's basketball tournament at Nationwide Arena on March 18, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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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 

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 18: Draymond Green #23 of the Michigan State Spartans high fives the crowd as he runs off the court after defeating the St. Louis Billikens during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's basketball tournament at Nationwide Arena on Mar
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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

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - MARCH 17: Brady Heslip #5 of the Baylor Bears cheers in the second half of the game against the Colorado Buffaloes during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at The Pit on March 17, 2012 in Albuquerque, New Mexic
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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

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 18:  Harrison Barnes #40 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts as he runs down court next to Jahenns Manigat #12 of the Creighton Bluejays in the first half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Gre
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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.