Michael Carter-Williams Was Great In the NCAA Tournament For Syracuse Orange

By Trevor Lowry
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Although Michael Carter-Williams will be taking his talents to the next level, he was great in the 2013 NCAA Tournament for the Syracuse Orange.

Carter-Williams did not have the best game he has ever had against the Michigan Wolverines, but the rest of the tournament he played really well. Against Michigan, he only scored two points and had two assists. Okay, so he definitely did not have a good game, considering he fouled out and he averaged 11.9 points per game and 7.3 assists per game on the year.

However, in five tourney games he did manage to average 10.8 points per game, 5.6 rebounds per game, 4.2 assists per game and three steals per game. Although some of those numbers were down from his season averages, Syracuse was on a whole different level when it came to defense and Carter-Williams was a big part of that, hence his three steals per game.

If it weren’t for a four-point performance against Montana, where Carter-Williams made two of his three shots or the two-point game against Michigan, Carter-Williams would have been well over his season average in points per game, which is the one statistic that many people drool over.

Carter-Williams was definitely not the most proficient scorer in college basketball, averaging 39.3 percent from the field, but he is an assist machine and he plays mad defense. His defensive play is what made him so important to the Orange in the Big Dance and what will help him out so much playing in the NBA.

Sometimes, the numbers can be a little deceiving because Carter-Williams was great in this year’s dance.


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