2013 NCAA Tournament: Wichita State Shockers' Fred VanVleet Has Been Solid

By Trevor Lowry
Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 9 Wichita State Shockers have found themselves in the Final Four, and although Fred VanVleet has not been the star player for this team on the season, he has been solid off of the bench in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

VanVleet is only averaging 4.3 points per game this season, but he has scored over 10 points twice so far in the NCAA Tournament. He has nearly doubled his season points average in the dance, averaging 8.3 points per game. However, he did only score one point against the No. 8 Pittsburgh Panthers, so that average could easily be higher.

VanVleet has had his two biggest games in the Big Dance against the two best teams that the Shockers have faced. Against the No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs, he scored 13 points and against the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes, he dropped 12 points.

The freshman is not the best player on the team, but he has certainly been a great asset off of the bench for Wichita State. Another good performance against the No. 1 Louisville Cardinals is very much needed, since the Cardinals are kind of known for their defense and all.

However, Wichita State is pretty good on the defensive side of the ball in its own, only allowing 62.3 points per game in four tournament games. Not bad for a team that has played both the No. 1 and No. 2 seed in their region.

Although a big game off of the bench for VanVleet would be nice, Cleanthony Early, Carl Hall and Malcolm Armstead all need to show up against Louisville. All three of those players are averaging 10 or more points per game on the season.


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