The 2013 NCAA tournament is passing us by at a rapid pace, and the fact that we’re already down to the Sweet 16 is hard to believe. Time really does fly when you’re having fun.
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Despite some of the biggest programs in college basketball being bounced early, the excitement around the upcoming schedule and dream matchups has the fans of the sport at a fever pitch.
March Madness continues to spread.
As we approach the 2013 national championship game and the hype that surrounds that battle, basketball fans won’t want to miss a second of the Sweet 16 action to see which teams have what it takes to be the best.
There is almost too much great basketball for one fan to deal with.
When: March 28-29
Watch: CBS and TBS
Live Stream: March Madness Live
Midwest Region: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
West Region: Staples Center, Los Angeles
South Region: Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas
East Region: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
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Unheralded Stars Who Will Shine in Sweet 16
There are plenty of exciting teams and players ready to shine in the spotlight in the tournament's next round, but these two players in particular are unheralded stars that will have a huge impact on their teams' performances.
Arsalan Kazemi, Forward, Oregon Ducks
While senior Arsalan Kazemi won’t ever fill the stat sheet in terms of points for the Oregon Ducks, the power forward/center has found his niche as arguably the best rebounder in the NCAA tournament.
In Kazemi’s two games this tournament—against Oklahoma State and St. Louis—the Ducks' big man grabbed an astounding 33 rebounds. Oregon will need all of his prowess and more if it wants to upset the No. 1-seeded Louisville Cardinals in the Sweet 16, though.
The Cardinals have used their size advantage and rebounding ability (37.5 a game this season) to dominate thus far in the NCAA tournament, but they haven't faced a player of Kazemi’s talent level yet.
If Oregon shoots efficiently and gives Kazemi the offensive support he needs, the rebounding machine will give his team the opportunity for second-chance points and end the Cardinals’ scoring chances.
When Kazemi plays well, the Ducks win.
Ramon Galloway, Guard, La Salle Explorers
No one expected the La Salle Explorers to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament after having to play their way in during the first round, but they are on their way to the Sweet 16, mostly because of the elite play from senior guard Ramon Galloway.
Galloway is playing well in every facet of the game. He has scored at least 19 points in all three of the team’s tournament games, averaging four rebounds and four assists per matchup, and adding a block and a steal per contest as well.
La Salle uses Galloway like its own basketball Swiss Army knife.
The Explorers now play a No. 9 Wichita State Shockers team that upset the No. 1 seed in the West Region, the Gonzaga Bulldogs, and will look to continue their own Cinderella run to the Elite Eight.
As long as La Salle keeps playing its style of basketball led by the elite play of Galloway, there is little doubt that the Explorers could become the most unlikely Elite Eight team of the 2013 NCAA tournament and shock the Shockers.
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