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Disappointing ending for Tristan Thompson and 2011 Canadians in NCAA March Madness

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Texas freshman forward Tristan Thompson had just three points in the Longhorns’ loss to Arizona. He played 36 minutes and had six rebounds and four blocks.

Thompson equaled his lowest scoring output of the season and was saddled with four fouls.

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Out of the record 20 NCAA Canadian Basketball Players that participated in the 2011 March festivities only Junior Cadougan – Toronto (Marquette Golden Eagles) & Francis-Cedric Marter – Montreal (Richmond Spiders) stand and will participate in the sweet 16.

#11 Golden Eagles will take on #2 North Carolina Tar Heals while the Richmond Spiders will be in tough against #1 Kansas Jayhawks.

The Montreal native Francis-Cedric Marter scored a season high 12 points as the Spiders upset #5 Vanderbilt in their opening game.

Marter in his third year with the spiders is averaging 18 minutes and has been a solid contributor and should continue to see increased playing team next year.

Junior Cadougan in his second year with the Golden Eagles has solid experience an has been counted upon to finish games on many occasions. The Toronto native has seen a significant increase of floor time over the last six games and will be key if the Golden Eagles have aspirations of knocking off the Jayhawks.

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Alexander-Walker propels Hokies’ to 2nd-round first time in 12 years

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Nickeil Alexander-Walker propels Hokies’ to 2nd-round first time in 12 years

For the first-time in twelve-years, the Virginia Tech Hokies’ are marching on to the second round of the NCAA March Madness Tournament.

Canadian guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker, a sophomore guard from Toronto, Ontario was impressive in his second NCAA tournament game — finishing with a game-high 20 points to lead Hokies to a 66-52 win over the No. 13 Saint Louis Billikens.

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Saint Louis had no answer for Alexander-Walker who continues to deliver for Buzz Williams, pulling down 6 rebounds and adding three steals on 8-of-13 shooting.

Virginia Tech last reached the second round of the tournament as a fifth seed in 2007 when it beat No. 12 Illinois Fighting Illini before being taken down by No. 4 Southern Illinois.

Since Alexander-Walker’s arrival, the Hokies have improved tremendously — reaching the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament for the third straight year — a first in the program’s history.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker no look pass propels Hokies’ to 2nd-round first time in 12 years
Nickeil Alexander-Walker drops a tasty no-look pass against Saint Louis Billikens

Like many freshmen during their first dance, Alexander-Walker’s 15-point, 3-assist, 2 rebound effort wasn’t quite good enough to earn an invite to a second date as the Hokies couldn’t quite get over the hump — falling 86-83 to a talented Alabama Crimson Tide squad in the first round of the classic eight-nine match-up.

No. 4 Virginia Tech (ACC) will look to cool off the Flames of No. 12 seed Liberty — the Atlantic Sun Conference champions, in the round of 32.

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Luguentz Dort leads Arizona State to first March Madness win in 10 years

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Montreals Luguentz Dort Leads Arizona State To First March Madness Win 10 Years

Canadian freshman guard Luguentz Dort team-high 21 points led No. 11 Arizona State Sun Devils 74-65 past No. 11 St. John’s Red Storm to earn school’s first NCAA March Madness tournament win in 10 years in the First Four.

Dort completely dominated the game with strong takes to the basket, scoring through contact, shooting an efficient 6-of-11 from the floor and a near perfect 8-of-10 from the foul line.

The Montreal, Quebec guard continued to build his NBA draft stock showcasing his all-around game — adding 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in front of a national audience.

No. 11 Sun Devils (23-10, Pac-12) advance and will play the Mid-American Conference champion No. 6 Buffalo Bulls. Sun Devils head coach Bobby Hurley coached the Bulls for two seasons (2013-2015) prior to taking the job with Arizona State.

Dort took a nasty spill early in the second half, after rising above the clouds for rebound — he briefly left the court, returning a few moments later to stop a Red Storm run and earn himself and his coach their first NCAA tournament win.

Bobby Hurley led the Duke Blue Devils to back-to-back NCAA national titles in 1991-92 and was a primary factor in landing Dort’s commitment over a bevvy of high major NCAA programs.

Bobby Hurley Arizona State Sun Devils Head Coach March Madness

Bobby Hurley – Arizona State Sun Devils Head Coach – March Madness Press Conference – Photo: Arizona State

In what is sure to be his only NCAA basketball season, the Canadian guard and former Biosteel All-Canadian Game MVP has scored in double digits in all but four of the Sun Devils 33 games. Standing 6’4″ tall and weighing a running-back like 215-pounds, Dort is averaging 16.1 points per game, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.

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Montreal’s Luguentz Dort Leads Arizona State To First March Madness Win 10 Years

Other notable Canadians to play major roles at Arizona State include guard Antwi Atuahene (Mississauga, ON) from 2005-2008 and big men Jordan Bachynski (Calgary, Alberta) a shot blocking machine (2010-2014) — leading college basketball in blocks (133) and blocks per game (4.03) in his senior season.

The Sun Devils last won NCAA Tournament game on March 19, 2009 —  66-57 win over Temple Owls in Miami.

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