As we continue the build-up to the 2013 NCAA tournament, there has been much ado about the demise of offense in college basketball.
Talks of control-freak coaches suffocating offensive flow with grinding, conservative offenses has become almost as big of a talking point as which Cinderella teams will make a big run. And, in a macro sense, people are right to be talking about the extinction of offensive explosion. It's something that needs to be changed sooner rather than later and is a cultural conversation far more important than whether Belmont can pull an upset.
Nevertheless, there is just one facet of that paradigm shift that has gone mostly unrecognized: Having top-notch shooters is more important than ever. Having fewer possessions puts a heightened emphasis on every single opportunity, so having plus shooters on the floor—especially beyond the arc—could shift the national championship picture.
In other words, even the nation's biggest schools are relying more heavily on classic mid-major strategy nowadays. Slowing the ball down, knocking down good shots and keeping possessions low is no longer what a 13-seed does to take down a 4-seed—it's what everyone does.
Luckily, while offense has gone down, the abundance of great dead-eye shooters has not. With that in mind, here is a complete breakdown of all the top shooters you need to know in the 2013 NCAA tournament.
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