Tyrone Sally might have been the most underrated starter on this Elite Eight team.
A lot of fans think that Devin Ebanks might be the most overrated starter on this year's team.
For the record, I don't agree with the latter statement.
But I do think that if Tyrone Sally plays with Bob Huggins, he could have been a lottery pick, I really think that.
He was one of the most athletic players on that team and could have flourished in a lot of different systems, but I don't think that Beilein's style of play was the perfect fit for him. He had a tendency of turning the ball over (277 for his career), but like Ebanks, his turnovers could be attributed to him trying to slash to the hole.
This year, Ebanks had to sit out the first three games for personal reasons (speculate whatever you want; it's probably already been a rumor thrown around anyway), and when he came back he struggled some when he first started playing.
But he's finally started playing up to his NBA lottery pick potential as of late, scoring 16 points and grabbing eight rebounds per game in the last six games.
One thing that these two guys have in common is that they both played similar, specific roles on their teams.
Sally was the guy who just had to play solid minutes, grab his rebounds, knock down a couple jumpers when he could, but pretty much, he was just in the background while the big guys picked up the big points.
Now, as far as Ebanks goes, with all of the hype that surrounded him coming into the year after his strong finish last year, the fans expected him to be able to just come in and tear up, scoring at will whenever he wants, pretty much just having his way with the defense.
But I don't think that that is his role on this team, and this is why I'm picking him over Sally in this matchup.
His job on this team is to pick up a lot of rebounds, especially on the offensive glass, and pick up the points that way, and his outside game has started to improve over the last couple of weeks. But his biggest job on this year's team is to be the defensive stopper.
For example, against Ohio State earlier in the year, after being torched for 13 first-half points by Evan Turner, Ebanks was put on him just about the entire second half, and he was held to five points in the final 20 minutes—all from the foul line.
That ability on offense, plus the lock-down defens,e clearly puts Ebanks ahead of Sally.