NCAA Tournament Friday Watch
Still not sure where to find former New England products during today’s first round NCAA tournament games? Here’s your answer as we break down today’s 16 games and tell you where to find them:
12:15 PM (15) Albany vs (2) Duke CBS
St. Mark’s product Alex Murphy is a redshirt freshman at Duke who sees consistent minutes along the frontline and was critical during Ryan Kelly’s absence.
12:40 PM (12) Ole Miss vs (5) Wisconsin tru TV
Ole Miss freshman forward Anthony Perez made his American debut at Lee Academy a few years ago, while fellow rookie forward Terry Brutus starred for the New England Playaz two summers ago on the grassroots circuit.
1:40 PM (9) Temple vs (8) North Carolina State TBS
Former B.C. High School big man Jake O’Brien was Temple’s fourth leading scorer after transferring from Boston University. Kent School alum Nick Pendergast is a sophomore walk-on for the Owls as well. Brewster Academy product T.J. Warren had a terrific freshman season at N.C. State averaging over 12 points and 4 rebounds in 26 minutes per game and shooting over 62% from the field.
2:10 PM (15) Pacific vs (2) Miami (FL) TNT
2:45 PM (10) Cincinnati vs (7) Creighton CBS
Notre Dame Prep swingman Sean Kilpatrick was one of the top swingmen in the Big East, scoring a team high 17 points per game. South Kent point guard Ge’Lawn Guyn comes off the bench to play ten minutes per game.
3:10 PM (13) La Salle vs (4) Kansas State tru TV
Former Lee Academy swingman D.J. Peterson helps LaSalle space the floor as a stretch forward, shooting 41% from the three-point line and playing 26 minutes per game. East Catholic (CT) alum Rohan Brown saw 8 minutes per game in 28 games played. Kansas State has Winchendon’s Jordan Henriquez blocking a team high 1.8 shots per game while former South Kent swingman Omari Lawrence saw 9 minutes per game in 31 games.
4:10 PM (16) James Madison vs (1) Indiana TBS
Indiana has former South Kent swingman Maurice Creek, who averaged 8 minutes in 22 games this season.
4:40 PM (10) Colorado vs (7) Illinois TNT
Beau Gamble is a former New Hampton post-grad who saw action in 5 games this season for Colorado.
6:50 PM (15) Florida Gulf Coast vs (2) Georgetown TBS
Florida Gulf Coast has former Worcester Academy guard Christophe Varidel who averaged 6 points per game in 16 minutes off the bench. Georgetown has former St. Mark’s forward Nate Lubick starting along their frontline and averages 7 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists.
7:15 PM (15) Iona vs (2) Ohio State CBS
Iona has a trio of New England prep products on their high scoring roster. Former Notre Dame Prep guard Sean Armand averaged almost 17 points per game in the Gaels up-tempo offense. Tre Bowman and A.J. English are two former St. Thomas More products. Bowman starts as a stretch-four while English provided an offensive spark off the bench before going down with injury.
7:20 PM (9) Villanova vs (8) North Carolina TNT
7:27 PM (14) Northwestern State vs (3) Florida tru TV
Former Notre Dame Prep product David Ulak is a walk-on at Northwestern State. Former St. Mark’s big-man Erik Murphy leads Florida in scoring at just under 13 points per game while shooting 46% three-point line.
9:20 PM (10) Oklahoma vs (7) San Diego State TBS
Former Brewster Academy big man Andrew Fitzgerald provides a low-post scoring threat off the bench and averages 6 points and 4 rebounds in 16 minutes per game.
9:45 PM (10) Iowa State vs (7) Notre Dame CBS
Iowa State has a pair of New England products. Brewster Academy alum Melvin Ejim averaged 11 points and a team best 9 rebounds per game while Tilton alum Georges Niang was third on the team in scoring at 12 ppg as a freshman. Notre Dame has St. John’s Prep swingman Pat Connaughton in their starting line-up along with his 9 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists in 34 games. Dirigo (ME) big man Thomas Knight joined the starting line-up in mid-season while New Hampton forward Zach Auguste saw action in 24 games off the bench.
9:50 PM (16) Western Kentucky vs (1) Kansas TNT
Brewster Academy alum Naadir Tharpe averaged 19 minutes per game as Kansas’ back-up point guard while former New Hampton product Evan Manning is a recruited walk-on for the Jayhawks. Western Kentucky starting guard Jamaal Crook is a product of Bridgton Academy's class of 2009.
9:57 PM (11) Minnesota vs (6) UCLA tru TV