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Canadians Shine On Opening Day of 2014 NCAA March Madness Tournament

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The opening day of the  2014 March Madness tournament provided us with incredible moments, four overtimes, a buzzer beater and upsets galore including memories worthy of making the “one shining moment” cut when the National Title is handed out on April 7th, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. The second round also proved successful Canadians in the NCAA as teams featuring Canadian basketball players capped off a successful and historic day with 7-2 historic record. The biggest shocker, Whitby, Ontario’s Dyshawn Pierre helping No. 13 Dayton Flyers pull off a magical upset over the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes in the very first game of the day.

Check out the top stat-lines from the top Canadians from opening day of the 2014 madness and a see how they match-up in the round of 32. We started the tournament off with 27 Canadians on 18 teams and after a historic day we still have 16 teams in contention and 23 players still remaining as day two kicks off.

Dyshawn Pierre – Sophomore | Whitby, Ont. | No. 11 Dayton Flyers (24-10, 10-6 A10): Pierre came up huge in his NCAA March Madness Tournament debut finishing off 12 points and a perfect game going 2-of-2 field goals, 7-of-7 free-throws and 1-of-1 three-pointers, the No. 11 Dayton Flyers knocked off the No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes in a thriller at the Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. The Flyers will look to continue their run through the tournament in the round of 32 against fellow Canadian Tyler Ennis and the No. 3 Syracuse Orange.
Round 64: 60-59 win vs. No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes | 33 minutes, 12 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists
Up Next: No. 3 Syracuse Orange (28-5, 14-4 ACC)

Laurent Rivard – Senior | St. Bruno, Que. | No. 12 Harvard Crimson (27-4, 13-1 Ivy): Rivard’s first-half shooting touch proved to be a difference in the Crimson pulling off the second upset of the day over the No. 5  Cincinnati Bearcats. The Bruno’s, Quebec product scored 9 of his 11 points in the opening 20 minutes as Harvard took a 36-29 lead. Eager not played his college last game Rivard knocked down three of the Harvard six three-pointers, going 3-of-4 for the game from the outside.
Round 64:  61-57 win vs. No. 5 Cincinnati Bearcats | 35 minutes, 11 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal
Up Next: No. 4 Michigan State  (27-8, 12-6 Big Ten)

Tyler Ennis – Freshman | Brampton, Ont. | No. 3 Syracuse Orange (28-5, 14-4 ACC): Playing his last few games in Syracuse Orange uniform Tyler Ennis continued his stellar freshman season by slicing and dicing the Western Michigan Broncos as the Orange cruised in the third-round of the tournament. Ennis finished with 16 points on 7-of-11 made baskets.
Round 64: 77-53 win vs. No. 14 Western Michigan Broncos | 36 minutes, 16 points, 6 assists, 2 steals
Up Next: No. 12 Harvard Crimson (27-4, 13-1 Ivy)

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Nik Stauskas – Sophomore | Mississauga, Ont. | No. 2 Michigan Wolverines (26-8, 15-3 Big Ten): The 2014 Big Ten conference player of the year led three-Wolverine players in double-figures with 15 points to advance past the Wofford Terriers. Stauskas now is his second year looked good connecting on 3-of-6 triples.
Round 64:  57-40 win vs. No. 15 Wofford Terriers | 35 minutes, 15 points, 2 rebounds
Up Next: No. 7 Texas Longhorns (24-10, 11-7 Big 12)

Jason Calliste – Senior | Scarborough, Ont. | No. 7 Oregon Ducks (24-9, 10-8 Pac-12): Experienced and savvy veteran, Calliste scored 11 of his 14 points off the bench from the foul-line going 11/12 to advance to the next round of the the tournament.
Round 64: 87-68 win vs. No. 10 BYU Cougars | 26 minutes, 14 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds
Up Next: No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers (27-7, 12-6 Big Ten)

<b>Losing Efforts</b>

Jordan Bachynski – Senior | Calgary, Alberta | No. 10 Arizona State Sun Devils (21-12, 10-8 Pac-12) An outstanding career by Jordan Bachynski came to a heart breaking end as the Texas Longhorns beat the Arizona State at the buzzer. Calgary Alberta native called it a career by notching a game-high 25 points and seven rebounds in his last game in a ASU uniform
First-Round Matchup: 87-85 loss vs. No. 7 Texas Longhorns (23-10, 11-7 Big 12) | 33 minutes, 25 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block
Up Next:  NBA Workouts, NBA Draft

Daniel Mullings – Junior | Toronto, ON | No. 13 New Mexico State Aggies (26-9, 12-410 WAC)</b>
Round 64: 73-69 OT loss vs. No. 4 San Diego State Aztecs | 43 minutes, 18 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists
Up Next: Senior season, Canadian national selection

Sim Bhullar – Junior | Toronto, ON | No. 13 New Mexico State Aggies (26-9, 12-410 WAC)
Round 64: 73-69 OT loss vs. No. 4 San Diego State Aztecs | 29 minutes, 14 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks
Up Next: Stay healthy, improve conditioning for junior season

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Syracuse Oshae Brissett delivers massive Rack Attack on Miami Hurricanes

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Syracuse Oshae Brissett Delivers Massive Rack Attack On Miami Hurricanes
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Canadian Freshman and Syracuse Stud Oshae Brissett added to his growing and impressive highlight package with a massive rack attack and facial dunk on the face of Miami Hurricanes defender. The Mississauga, Ontario native is averaging a 14.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game and is amongst college basketball finest talents. Brissett has started all the Orangemens’ 27 games to date and has racked up 11 double-doubles in the process. A skilled 6’8″ forward who has stardom written all-over him.

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New wave of Canadian Freshmen making NCAA splash

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New Wave Canadian Basketball Freshmen Making NCAA Splash

There’s a new wave of rising Canadians basketball players making an early NCAA splash. Below we take a look at freshmen players that are making their mark on the college basketball landscape. Like previous years, look for most of the names on this list to become household names come March Madness and a select few to continue Canada’s NBA takeover.

Oshea Brissett New Wave Canadian NCAA Freshmen

Oshea Brissett (Mississauga, ON) – Syracuse Orange

Oshea Brissett – Syracuse Orange

Brissett has been arguably the best freshman in college basketball. The 6’8″, 210 lbs forward from Mississauga, Ontario is beasting the opposition, averaging 13.6 points per game, including a team-high 9.2 rebounds (55th in all of the nation.) A true special talent, he has already racked-up four double-doubles in his first eight games, missing two more by just a single rebound. Look for Brissett to continue his torrid start to season as he helps the Syracuse Orange make a run at a conference title in the tough Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Although early in the season, Brissett is looking more and more like a true one and done prospect. Expect a green room invitation come June 2018 at NBA Draft.

Canadian Lindell Wigginton Iowa State Cyclones NCAA

Lindell Wigginton (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia) Iowa State Cyclones

Lindell Wigginton – Iowa State Cyclones

Looking for stability at the guard position? Well, look no further than Lindell Wigginton. A true versatile bucket getter, with major hops (38″ vertical), he currently leads all Canadian freshmen in scoring at 16.3 points per game while contributing in other aspects with 4 rebounds and 2.6 assists. The Dartmouth, Nova Scotia product is shooting a healthy 46.3 % from the field,  48.9% from three-pointers and has reached double-figures scoring in 7-of-9 games, including a season best 28-points, 7 rebound performance against Northern Illinois. Although, the tougher part of the Big 12 conference schedule remains, it is clear that in less than ten games Wigginton has solidified himself as a go to option in the fast paced Cyclones offensive system. Expect the 6’2″, 188 lbs guard to flourish all-season long as he looks to fulfill is long time dream of playing in the NBA.

Nickeil Alexander Walker Virginia Tech Hookies New Wave Canadian NCAA Freshmen

Nickeil Alexander Walker (Toronto, ON) Virginia Tech Hokies

Nickeil Alexander-Walker – Virginia Tech Hokies

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Talk about talent. Standing 6’5″ tall, weighing-in at 210-pounds, is Toronto, Ontario freshman Nickeil Alexander-Walker. A diamond in the rough find for head coach Buzz Williams and Virgina Tech. The Hokies, traditionally not a prime destination for top Canadian prospects is seeing just how special Alexander-Walker can be early-on. The 19-year-old kicked-off his NCAA career with scoring outbursts against Detroit Mercy (24 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists) and Citadel (29 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists) and is an integral reason for the Hokies early season success. A knock-down shooter (.529%, FG% .477% 3-pointers) with a 7-footer wing-span Alexander Walker is averaging 14.4 per game, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. A triple-threat he is comfortable handling the rock as well as, dishing off no looks, as he is scoring.

Shai Gilgeous Alexander Kentucky Wildcats New Wave Canadian NCAA Freshmen

Shai Gilgeous Alexander Hamilton/ON) – Kentucky Wildcats

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – Kentucky Wildcats

It’s hard to talk about Shai-Gilgenous-Alexander (6’6″, 180 lbs, Hamilton/ON) without mentioning the aforementioned Nickeil Alexander-Walker. After-all, both are cousins, their names resemble each other, their games even more. What-else, they played, dominated and caused headaches for coaches as a dynamic high school back-court duo for Hamilton Heights Christian Academy, winning a State title along the way. Now they find themselves on the biggest stage of college basketball doing similar things for highly respected basketball teams. Despite coming off the bench Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 28.2 minutes per game, good for second on a team that also features a bevy of NBA prospects, including Hamidou Diallo, P.J Washington. A efficient natural stat-stuffer he’s averaging 10.1 points, a team-high 4.4 assists per game along side 3.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.

Marcus Carr Pittsburg Panthers New Wave Canadian NCAA Freshmen

Point Guard Marcus Carr (Toronto/ON) – Pittsburgh Panthers

Marcus Carr – Pittsburgh Panthers

A true floor general, Marcus Carr (6’1″, 185 lbs, Toronto/ON) has taken charge and ignited the Pittsburgh Panthers rebuilding offense. Carr’s strong play has propel the Panthers to a early four-game winning streak. The pass-first guard scored a career-best 23 points in a overtime win over St. Mary’s and has scored in double-digits in the five of the past six Panthers contests. Currently averaging 12 points, 3.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds, including shooting a 48% from the field, 48.1% from downtown and Steve Nash like 921% from the charity stripe. Despite his size Carr is strong enough to finish through contact and loves to gets under your chin with defensive pressure.

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Montreal’s Luguentz Dort commits to Arizona State Sun Devils

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Montreals Luguentz Dort Arizona State Sun Devils

Five star Canadian Guard Lugentz Dort has committed to Bobby Hurley and the Arizona State Sun Devils.

Dort a 6-5, 220lbs, product of Montreal, Quebec has been one of the most exciting Canadian Basketball prospects in recent years, combining raw speed, with gifted athletic ability, the the 2018 elite top prospect is expected to boast the Sun Devils credibility in a tough PAC 12 conference.

Dort narrowed down his list of top schools from Baylor, eventually settling with the upstart Sun Devils program that will help him transition from a two-guard to a more accomplished point-guard.  After all, Coach Hurley knows a thing or two about playing the point, having played the position for the Duke Blue Devils  in the early 90’s and over 269 games in the NBA.

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