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The 2013 All-NCAA Tournament Team Through Round of 32

Jake CurtisFeatured Columnist IIOctober 14, 2016

The 2013 All-NCAA Tournament Team Through Round of 32

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    Only one week of NCAA tournament action is in the books, but some players already have established themselves as postseason stars.

    A lot can change in the next two weeks. Players who have made little impact so far are capable of producing memorable performances as the field is whittled down and the stakes are raised.

    At the moment, five players shine slightly brighter than the rest. They make up our All-NCAA tournament team through the round of 32. That group is preceded by seven players who deserve honorable mention.

Honorable Mention

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    Andre Hollins, Minnesota: The loss to Florida kept Hollins off our tournament team after he averaged 26.5 points and made 11-for-18 three-point shots in two games.

    Mark Lyons, Arizona: Lyons has carried the Wildcats through two surprisingly easy victories, averaging 25.0 points and hitting 6-of-13 three-point shots.

    Jeff Withey, Kansas: Withey has done a little bit of everything while averaging 16.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 6.0 blocks in the first two games. His 12 second-half points against North Corolina were pivotal to the comeback win.

    Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State: Thomas has averaged 23.0 points while hitting 5-of-6 three-pointers.

    Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga: Olynyk's 23.0 points and 9.5 rebounds could not get the Bulldogs to the second weekend.

    Damyean Dotson, Oregon: Dotson's 5-for-6 three-point shooting while scoring 23 points in the upset of St. Louis is worth noting.

    Mitch McGary, Michigan: McGary hit 10-of-11 shots, scored 21 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in the victory over Virginia Commonwealth.

Khalif Wyatt, Temple

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    Temple guard Khalif Wyatt is the only player no longer in the tournament to make our All-NCAA tournament team.

    It's easy to see why he was included, though.

    Wyatt was the only player to score more than 30 points in a game in the first week of the NCAA tournament. And Wyatt did it twice, despite playing with an injured left thumb.

    His 62 points were nearly half his team's 128-point total in its two games. He scored 31 of his team's 52 points against Indiana, and he was the sole reason the Owls had a chance to upset the No. 1-seeded Hoosiers in the round of 32.

Russ Smith, Louisville

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    Louisville guard Russ Smith was the driving force behind the Cardinals' two lopsided victories in the first week of the tournament.

    He tied a tournament record with his eight steals while also scoring 23 points in just 25 minutes of action against North Carolina A&T.

    In the 26-point victory over Colorado State in the next round, Smith made 4-of-7 three-pointers while scoring 27 points. He also added three rebounds, two assists and two steals in that game with just one turnover.

Brett Comer, Florida Gulf Coast

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    Someone from Florida Gulf Coast has to be on the All-tournament team heading into the Sweet 16, and point guard Brett Comer is the logical choice.

    Although he averaged just 11.0 points in the Eagles' stunning upsets of Georgetown and San Diego State, he had double-doubles both games. His 24 assists in the two tournament games are seven more than anyone else in the tournament. Plus, he had only five turnovers in the process.

    His most memorable pass was his blind, over-the-head flip that Chase Fieler turned into a game-clinching monster dunk in the final two minutes against Georgetown.

Vander Blue, Marquette

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    Making big plays at the end of tight postseason games often results in stardom, and no one was better in the clutch than Marquette guard Vander Blue.

    His numbers were impressive enough, as he averaged 22.5 points while hitting 6-of-10 three-point shots in the Golden Eagles' two victories. What made his inclusion on the all-tournament team a no-brainer, though, was when he scored.

    Against Davidson, Blue made a 3-pointer with 27 seconds left to pull the Golden Eagles within two points. But Marquette still trailed by one with 5.5 seconds remaining, when Blue took an inbounds pass at midcourt and blew by defenders before hitting a contested left-handed layup with one second left for the winning score.

    In the two-point win over Butler in the next round, Blue scored 19 of his 29 points in the second half and hit a game-tying three-pointer with 1:25 left.

    Blue's reputation as a hero was spared when Butler failed to score after Blue threw the ball away with 2.9 seconds left.

Ramon Galloway, La Salle

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    La Salle guard Ramon Galloway gets a little extra credit because he proved himself over three games instead of just two.

    He scored at least 19 points in each game in a five-day span while leading the No. 13 seed Explorers on their surprising run to the Sweet 16. 

    Galloway scored 15 points in the first 18 minutes against Kansas State to help build a 17-point lead over the No. 4-seeded Wildcats.

    He added 24 points on 6-of-10 three-point shooting in the two-point victory over Mississippi in the round of 32.

    Galloway averaged 21.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists in the three games and made 12-of-23 three-point shots.

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