2013 NCAA Tournament: Ben McLemore Needs to Step Up for Kansas Jayhawks

By Chris Katje
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Ben McLemore was named to the First Team All Big-12 Team for his successful 2012-2013 NCAA season. The Kansas Jayhawks guard has been non-existent in the team’s past three games. This needs to end for Kansas to advance past the Sweet 16.

McLemore scored only two points in a close battle between Kansas and the North Carolina Tar Heels. McLemore played 24 minutes and made zero field goals. He went 0-9 from the field, including 0-6 from behind the arc. His two points came from two free throw attempts during the game. Aside from his lack of scoring, McLemore did have five rebounds and two assists.

To make matters worse for Kansas and its fans, this is the third game in a row that McLemore hasn’t shown up offensively. Against Western Kentucky in the 2nd Round of the NCAA Tournament, McLemore went 2-5 in 32 minutes of action. McLemore did finish will 11 points thanks to some free throws.

Prior to the start of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, McLemore had a horrible outing in the Big 12 Tournament Championship game against Kansas State. McLemore shot 2-7 from the field, including 1-4 from three point range. He finished the game with only five points in 36 minutes of play.

Kansas has found a way to win without McLemore contributing. This is a player that averaged 16.2 points per game during the season. Over his last three games, McLemore is only 4-21 from the field, which is 19%. During the season, McLemore shot 51% from the field. From behind the arc, McLemore is 1-12 (8%) in his last three games. This is far off from the 43% McLemore had in threes during the season.

For Kansas to move on past the Michigan Wolverines and keep Bill Self’s record perfect against Michigan, McLemore needs to step up and show his regular season form.

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