NCAA Tournament 2013: Biggest Stars to Watch During Sunday's Action

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 24, 2013

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 22:  Marshall Henderson #22 of the Ole Miss Rebels celebrates their 57-46 win over the Wisconsin Badgers during the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Sprint Center on March 22, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Love him or hate him, you can't help but watch Marshall Henderson.

No matter what the result is for Ole Miss, you're always guaranteed to get a show from the Rebels' star guard. He's not afraid to take any shot within about 40 feet of the basket, nor is he able to keep from antagonizing the opposing team's fans. Both actions are often to the dismay of Andy Kennedy.

Of course, with Henderson, since he takes so many shots, he's bound to knock down at least a few threes even during his coldest games. That was the case against the Wisconsin Badgers. Henderson only shot six-of-21 but still had 19 points.

Just having Henderson hit one or two big shots can help sway the game in favor of the Rebels.

A matchup with 13th-seeded La Salle must just make Henderson's mouth water. The Explorers don't have the same kind of defensive pressure as the Badgers. He's bound to get more open looks. Don't be surprised if he takes 30 shots on Sunday.

Although noboby can match Henderson's sheer unpredictability on the court, there are plenty of other stars to watch during Sunday's tournament games.


Doug McDermott, Creighton Bluejays

Creighton is going to need Doug McDermott to go off against Duke. The Bluejays won't have a chance against the Blue Devils if McDermott struggles to get into a flow on the court.

He played a massive role in Creighton's win over the Cincinnati Bearcats. McDermott had 27 points and 11 rebounds. He also finished a perfect 11-of-11 from the free-throw line.

It was just a microcosm of McDermott's season. He's averaged 23.2 points and 7.6 rebounds a game so far.

In order to help bridge the overall talent gap, McDermott will need to help make up the difference. The Bluejays have a core of good players, but it's nothing compared to Seth Curry, Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly.


Ben McLemore, Kansas Jayhawks

Ben McLemore was one of the biggest disappointments from Friday's games. As Kansas was teetering on the brink of a historic upset at the hands of Western Kentucky, McLemore was nowhere to be seen.

The Jayhawks still prevailed over the Hilltoppers, 64-57, but their star guard had a performance to forget. McLemore only took five shots the entire game, scoring 11 points in total. He also turned the ball over four times.

Although he is only a freshman, more should be expected of a star guard like McLemore. Western Kentucky wasn't a great team. The North Carolina Tar Heels are going to be a much tougher test. If McLemore posts a similar performance, the Jayhawks will be going home.


Khalif Wyatt, Temple Owls

If Temple has any hope against the top-seeded Indiana Hoosiers, Khalif Wyatt will have to carry the Owls on his back again.

Against a very talented, albeit underwhelming NC State Wolfpack team, Wyatt had a great game. He went for 31 points and knocked down 12 of his 14 free-throw attempts. Every one of those points made a major difference in Temple's 76-72 win.

The Indiana Hoosiers will likely counter Wyatt with Victor Oladipo. Oladipo is one of the best players in the country and a superb perimeter defender. He rendered Trey Burke completely ineffective when the Michigan Wolverines met the Hoosiers this season.

It will be very intriguing to see if Wyatt can actually get the better of Oladipo.


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