Derrick Williams ups his draft stock in the Zoom Kobe VI.
words // Nick Engvall
Thursday, another four games in the NCAA Tournament took place and subsequently we are four teams closer to finding out who this year’s national champions will be.
In the West Regional, it was UCONN defeating San Diego State in one of the most back-and-forth games of the tournament. With SDSU’s Kawhi Leonard getting in early foul trouble, you might have thought that UCONN would run away with this one, but SDSU gave UCONN quite the run. That is until a late technical foul call slowed their momentum. That’s when Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb took over, landing UCONN to the first spot in the Elite 8.
In the second West Regional game, Derrick Williams of the Arizona Wildcats crushed the Duke Blue Devils and their hopes for a repeat title. Williams scored 25 points in the first half to keep things close, but in the second half, he and the Wildcats put on one of the most impressive offensive displays of the year against the defending champs. Williams finished with a career high 32 points and won 93-77 to earn a matchup with UCONN on Saturday.
In the first Southeast Regional, BYU and Jimmer Fredette looked to reach the Elite 8 for the first time in history against Florida. Fredette scored 32, but didn’t seem to have his legs under him at times, and despite pushing the Gators to overtime, fell short 83-74. For Florida, it was Alex Tyus who shined brightest. Tyus finished with 19 points and 17 rebounds, which will certainly have NBA teams giving him a second look come draft day.
The second Southeast Regional game, eighth-ranked Butler looked to continue the magic they began in last year’s tournament against the Wisconsin Badgers. Butler’s Matt Howard led the Bulldogs to a 20-point lead just after halftime, but Wisconsin fought back. The Badgers stormed back behind Jordan Taylor and his 22 points, but couldn’t get closer than four points from Butler.
Butler will face Florida on Saturday. Check out some of the footwear from Thursday’s action below with photos courtesy of Yahoo.
#32 Vernon Macklin of Florida wearing the Jordan Retro 11 Space Jams.
Jordan Taylor of Wisconsin in the adidas adiZero Rose PE.
Alex Tyus stepped up big in the Air Max Fly By.
Donnell Beverly defends in the Air Jordan 2011.
Shelvin Mack in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse.
Chase Tapley in the Jordan Retro 3 and Kemba Walker in the Jordan 6-17-23.
Jimmer Fredette in the Air Max Fly By, defended by Kenny Boynton in the Jordan Retro 11 Cool Grey.
Kawhi Leonard in the Graphite Jordan Retro 14.
Jamaal Franklin in the original Air Jordan 20 (XX) Midwest.
Tim Shelton of Arizona warming up in the Jordan Retro 10.
Derrick Williams in the Zoom Kobe VI, celebrates with Lamont Jones in the Pewter Nike Air Foamposite.