March Madness is one of the biggest times in the NCAA. The excitement and anxiety of each games gives players and fans a new feel for the game they never see during the season. This is the time where most players make their names, and teams pull off some of the craziest upsets. These players go on to the NBA, and still remember their March Madness moments. The Hawks have a few players that have played in the NCAA tournament, let’s take a look back on some of their memories.
Spellman has had the most recent success in the tournament, winning the national championship last year with the Villanova Wildcats.
In the Sweet 16 matchup against the West Virginia he had 18 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks. In the national championship game against the Michigan Wolverines, he had eight points and 11 rebounds. Spellman was one of the key pieces in the Wildcats championship run with his intensity and hustle on the floor.
Young had a shot to make noise in the tournament last year but fell short in overtime against Rhode Island. Young had 28 points and 7 assists for the Oklahoma Sooners and hit a 3 with two minutes left in regulation to put them 67-66.
He later hit two foul shots that sent the game into overtime. In overtime, Young decided to be more a facilitator to get his teammates involved, which probably hurt their chances to win the game, and the Sooners were knocked out in Round 64.
Jaylen Adams played an important part in getting the St. Bonaventure Bonnies to the tournament. He had two 40-point games in February, and upset the Bruins in the tourney 65-58. Adams didn’t have a great game, scoring eight points shooting 2-for-16 from the field. The Bonnies lost in the next round against the Florida Gators, where Adams had 11 points.
Prince participated in the tourney two seasons in Baylor, and lost in the opening round both times. The first year they lost on a ridiculous 3-point shot from then-Georgia State guard R.J. Hunter. The next year, Prince and the Bears lost to Yale. The postgame interview was where Prince made his name after a reporter asked him a question about the Bears getting outrebounded.
Thanks to Taurean, we have a never forget moment in NCAA postgame history.
Carter found himself in two consecutive Final Four appearances in 1997 and 1998 with North Carolina.
The first time around they fell to Arizona 66-58 in the Semifinals. Carter led the team with 21 points, but Mike Bibby (20 points) and Miles Simon (24 points) were too much to handle. The next season they were knocked out again in the semifinals against Utah. Carter had 21 points in this game as well, but Andre Miller’s triple-double put Utah over the edge.
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