Monday, March 15, 2010

Top 12 Backcourts


As we all know, guard play is what wins games in March. Teams need solid perimeter production if they want to make a deep run in the Madness. The following teams have the best backcourts in the nation:

1. Ohio State: The Buckeyes are more than just Evan Turner. William Buford is a big-time scorer and Jon Diebler can shoot the lights-out.

2. Baylor: This might be the best guard twosome in college basketball. Tweety Carter is a scorer and distributor, while LaceDarius Dunn is explosive.

3. Kansas State: Jacob Pullen and Denis Clemente have both showed the ability to take over a game and carry the Wildcats to a win.

4. Duke: Jon Scheyer has become one of the best point guards in the nation, while Nolan Smith is a very good scorer on the wing.

5. California: Jerome Randle is one of the best guards in the country, while Patrick Christopher and Theo Robertson can score and shoot.

6. Georgetown: When Chris Wright is scoring, the Hoyas are tough to beat. Austin Freeman is an assassin and Jason Clark is solid.

7. Villanova: The Wildcats struggled down the stretch, but Scottie Reynolds and Corey Fisher lead a deep and experienced guard group.

8. Kansas: Sherron Collins is one of the best guards in the country, but Xavier Henry and Tyshawn Taylor lead a host of solid role players.

9. BYU: It starts with Jimmer Fredette, but don’t overlook Jackson Emery and Tyler Haws. Brandon Loyd has come on strong lately.

10. Kentucky: John Wall might be the most talented player in the country, but Eric Bledsoe has been just as important at times.

11. Pittsburgh: The main reasons for the Panthers’ surprising season were Ashton Gibbs and Brad Wanamaker; both are all-around studs.

12. New Mexico: Darington Hobson has the ability to take over a game, but Dairese Gary and Philip McDonald are no slouches either.

Others to Watch: Richmond, Gonzaga

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