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    March 13, 2018

    Canadians Ready as 2018 NCAA Tournament Begins Tuesday

    Winnipeg's Emmanuel Akot is in his first season with the Arizona Wildcats are
    the #4 seed in the South Region bracket and open with #13 Buffalo on Thursday at 8:40 pm CST.
    TORONTO, ON (March 13, 2018) - March Madness is almost upon us and Canadian college hoops fans will have plenty to cheer about as 22 players from North of the border are set to participate in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

    Coming off SEC Tournament Most Valuable Player honours, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will be hoping to take a deep run with the Kentucky Wildcats. After an excellent rookie season, the Hamilton, Ont. native was named to the All-SEC Freshman Team and All-SEC Second Team. Gilgeous-Alexander will be looking to become just the sixth Canadian player to win the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament and first since Kyle Wiltjer won with Kentucky back in 2012.
    Nickeil Alexander-Walker, cousin of Shai, is hoping to take Virginia Tech all the way after averaging 10.5 PPG and 3.9 RPG. No. 8 seed Virginia Tech has a tough opening round matchup against No. 9 Alabama on Thursday night.
    Oshae Brissett had a strong freshman year at Syracuse making the ACC All-Freshman Team, averaging 14.8 PPG with 8.8 RPG. However, the Orange find themselves in the First Four and will have to defeat Arizona State on Wednesday to secure their spot in the tournament.
    Last year's tournament also had 22 players making the tournament with one making it to the National Championship game. Dustin Triano, son of Canada Basketball head coach Jay Triano, played for the Gonzaga Bulldogs who in the end lost to the North Carolina Tarheels.
    Below is the list of Canadians playing this year:
    Emmanuel Akot - Arizona (Winnipeg)
    SEASON
    TEAM
    MIN
    FGM-FGA
    FG%
    3PM-3PA
    3P%
    FTM-FTA
    FT%
    REB
    AST
    BLK
    STL
    PF
    TO
    PTS
    2017-18
    ARIZ
    10.4
    0.7-1.7
    .412
    0.3-0.7
    .409
    0.2-0.4
    .455
    1.1
    0.8
    0.1
    0.2
    0.9
    0.6
    1.9
    Gabriel Osabuohien - Arkansas
    SEASON
    TEAM
    MIN
    FGM-FGA
    FG%
    3PM-3PA
    3P%
    FTM-FTA
    FT%
    REB
    AST
    BLK
    STL
    PF
    TO
    PTS
    2017-18
    ARK
    7.1
    0.5-1.3
    .400
    0.0-0.2
    .000
    0.1-0.5
    .200
    1.5
    0.4
    0.2
    0.2
    1.1
    0.6
    1.2
    Kimbal Mackenzie - Bucknell
    SEASON
    TEAM
    MIN
    FGM-FGA
    FG%
    3PM-3PA
    3P%
    FTM-FTA
    FT%
    REB
    AST
    BLK
    STL
    PF
    TO
    PTS
    2017-18
    BUCK
    26.5
    2.6-7.3
    .353
    1.7-5.0
    .342
    1.0-1.0
    1.000
    1.8
    2.2
    0.1
    0.6
    1.9
    1.4
    7.9
    Dominic Johnson - Buffalo
    SEASON
    TEAM
    MIN
    FGM-FGA
    FG%
    3PM-3PA
    3P%
    FTM-FTA
    FT%
    REB
    AST
    BLK
    STL
    PF
    TO
    PTS
    2017-18
    BUFF
    2.8
    0.4-0.6
    .800
    0.1-0.2
    .500
    0.0-0.0
    .000
    0.7
    0.0
    0.0
    0.1
    0.3
    0.2
    1.0
    Christian David - Butler
    SEASON
    TEAM
    MIN
    FGM-FGA
    FG%
    3PM-3PA
    3P%
    FTM-FTA
    FT%
    REB
    AST
    BLK
    STL
    PF
    TO
    PTS
    2017-18
    BUT
    5.7
    0.4-1.2
    .357
    0.1-0.6
    .200
    0.2-0.4
    .556
    0.6
    0.4
    0.0
    0.2
    0.8
    0.3
    1.2
    Jackson Rowe - Cal State-Fullerton
    SEASON
    TEAM
    MIN
    FGM-FGA
    FG%
    3PM-3PA
    3P%
    FTM-FTA
    FT%
    REB
    AST
    BLK
    STL
    PF
    TO
    PTS
    2017-18
    CSF
    29.9
    4.4-7.6
    .581
    0.8-1.9
    .411
    2.6-3.3
    .778
    6.8
    1.6
    1.0
    0.9
    2.3
    2.0
    12.2
    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander - Kentucky
    SEASON
    TEAM
    MIN
    FGM-FGA
    FG%
    3PM-3PA
    3P%
    FTM-FTA
    FT%
    REB
    AST
    BLK
    STL
    PF
    TO
    PTS
    2017-18
    UK
    33.2
    4.7-9.9
    .479
    0.6-1.5
    .380
    3.4-4.2
    .799
    3.8
    5.1
    0.5
    1.6
    1.6
    2.6
    13.4
    Mfiondu Kabengele - Florida State
    SEASON
    TEAM
    MIN
    FGM-FGA
    FG%
    3PM-3PA
    3P%
    FTM-FTA
    FT%
    REB
    AST
    BLK
    STL
    PF
    TO
    PTS
    2017-18
    FSU
    14.1
    2.5-5.0
    .500
    0.3-0.8
    .375
    1.8-2.8
    .639
    4.5
    0.3
    0.7
    0.5
    2.1
    1.0
    7.1
    Kassius Robertson - Missouri
    SEASON
    TEAM
    MIN
    FGM-FGA
    FG%
    3PM-3PA
    3P%
    FTM-FTA
    FT%
    REB
    AST
    BLK
    STL
    PF
    TO
    PTS
    2017-18
    MIZ
    35.9
    4.8-11.3
    .421
    3.1-7.3
    .425
    3.6-4.5
    .799
    3.0
    2.4
    0.1
    1.0
    1.7
    2.3
    16.2
    Kalif Young - Providence
    SEASON
    TEAM
    MIN
    FGM-FGA
    FG%
    3PM-3PA
    3P%
    FTM-FTA
    FT%
    REB
    AST
    BLK
    STL
    PF
    TO
    PTS
    2017-18
    PROV
    16.6
    1.7-3.2
    .536
    0.0-0.0
    .000
    0.9-1.8
    .492
    4.1
    0.6
    0.6
    0.4
    2.0
    0.9
    4.4
    Nolan Narain - San Diego State
    SEASON
    TEAM
    MIN
    FGM-FGA
    FG%
    3PM-3PA
    3P%
    FTM-FTA
    FT%
    REB
    AST
    BLK
    STL
    PF
    TO
    PTS
    2017-18
    SDSU
    10.8
    1.9-2.8
    .688
    0.2-0.5
    .364
    0.7-1.0
    .652
    2.0
    0.3
    0.1
    0.2
    1.6
    0.8
    4.7
    Nelson Kaputo - St. Bonaventure
    SEASON
    TEAM
    MIN
    FGM-FGA
    FG%
    3PM-3PA
    3P%
    FTM-FTA
    FT%
    REB
    AST
    BLK
    STL
    PF
    TO
    PTS
    2017-18
    SBON
    10.4
    1.1-2.5
    .418
    0.6-1.7
    .333
    0.6-0.6
    .947
    0.6
    1.1
    0.0
    0.5
    0.8
    0.5
    3.3
    Oshae Brissett - Syracuse
    SEASON
    TEAM
    MIN
    FGM-FGA
    FG%
    3PM-3PA
    3P%
    FTM-FTA
    FT%
    REB
    AST
    BLK
    STL
    PF
    TO
    PTS
    2017-18
    SYR
    38.0
    4.3-12.2
    .352
    1.5-4.5
    .345
    4.6-5.8
    .800
    8.8
    0.9
    0.7
    1.2
    2.3
    1.8
    14.7
    Howard Washington - Syracuse
    SEASON
    TEAM
    MIN
    FGM-FGA
    FG%
    3PM-3PA
    3P%
    FTM-FTA
    FT%
    REB
    AST
    BLK
    STL
    PF
    TO
    PTS
    2017-18
    SYR
    6.1
    0.3-0.9
    .294
    0.1-0.7
    .167
    0.4-0.6
    .700
    0.8
    0.6
    0.1
    0.3
    0.3
    0.4
    1.1
    Kyle Alexander - Tennessee
    SEASON
    TEAM
    MIN
    FGM-FGA
    FG%
    3PM-3PA
    3P%
    FTM-FTA
    FT%
    REB
    AST
    BLK
    STL
    PF
    TO
    PTS
    2017-18
    TENN
    20.3
    2.3-3.3
    .686
    0.0-0.0
    1.000
    1.1-1.5
    .723
    5.7
    0.3
    1.7
    0.6
    2.4
    0.7
    5.6
    Isiah Jasey - Texas A&M
    SEASON
    TEAM
    MIN
    FGM-FGA
    FG%
    3PM-3PA
    3P%
    FTM-FTA
    FT%
    REB
    AST
    BLK
    STL
    PF
    TO
    PTS
    2017-18
    TAMU
    3.7
    0.2-0.5
    .500
    0.0-0.1
    .000
    0.0-0.0
    .000
    0.5
    0.0
    0.3
    0.1
    0.3
    0.2
    0.5
    Jelani Mofford - UNC Greensboro
    SEASON
    TEAM
    MIN
    FGM-FGA
    FG%
    3PM-3PA
    3P%
    FTM-FTA
    FT%
    REB
    AST
    BLK
    STL
    PF
    TO
    PTS
    2017-18
    UNCG
    3.0
    0.0-0.0
    .000
    0.0-0.0
    .000
    0.0-0.0
    .000
    0.0
    0.0
    0.0
    0.0
    0.0
    0.0
    0.0
    Nickeil Alexander-Walker - Virginia Tech
    SEASON
    TEAM
    MIN
    FGM-FGA
    FG%
    3PM-3PA
    3P%
    FTM-FTA
    FT%
    REB
    AST
    BLK
    STL
    PF
    TO
    PTS
    2017-18
    VT
    25.3
    3.7-8.3
    .451
    1.7-4.4
    .393
    1.4-1.8
    .746
    3.9
    1.4
    0.6
    0.9
    1.5
    1.6
    10.5
    While members of tournament bound teams, Canadians Elijah Mitrou-Long (Texas), Aher Uguak (Loyola-Chicago), Jalen Poyser (St. Bonaventure) Brandon Clarke (Gonzaga) will not play this year due to NCAA rules after transferring.

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