11 former San Antonio-area standouts competing in men’s and women’s NCAA tournaments
SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio area will be well represented in this year’s men’s and women’s NCAA Division I basketball tournaments. A total of 11 former local standouts are on teams competing for national championships. The men’s tournament tips off across the state of Indiana on Friday and the women’s tournament, which is being held in the San Antonio area, begins on Sunday. Here’s a rundown of local players taking part in this year’s March Madness. Men’sMarco Anthony, Holmes HS alum, Utah State UniversityJordan Burns, Marshall HS alum, Colgate UniversityJalen Jackson, Wagner HS alum, University of North TexasKevin McCullar, Wagner HS alum, Texas Tech UniversityWomen’sGabby Connally, Brandeis HS alum, University of GeorgiaDeja Kelly, Johnson/Duncanville HS alum, University of North CarolinaSahara Jones, Veterans Memorial HS alum, Texas A&M UniversityKyra Lambert, Clemens HS alum, University of TexasAmber Ramirez Wagner HS alum, University of ArkansasNaLyssa Smith, East Central HS alum, Baylor UniversityKiana Williams, Wagner HS alum, Stanford University
Pick Six: Veterans to watch as NCAA Tournament begins
(AP Photo/Chase Stevens)INDIANAPOLIS – There has never been a better time to have senior leadership in the NCAA Tournament than this season. AdVirginia intends to play after withdrawing from the ACC Tournament because of COVID-19 protocols, which means fans will get to say Sam Hauser running the show. Dru Smith is their leading scorer and Jeremiah Tilmon finally reached his potential this season, and both aim to help Missouri snap a four-game NCAA Tournament skid. Herb Jones is an All-American candidate and Jaden Shackelford is Alabama's leading scorer, but John Petty Jr. makes the SEC Tournament champs go. Then there's Tennessee forward John Fulkerson, who sustained facial fractures in an SEC Tournament win over Florida and underwent surgery Sunday.
Baylor headlines South Region bracket with first No. 1 seed
Second-ranked Baylor (22-2) headlines the South Region and opens against 16th-seeded Hartford, the America East Conference champion. 2 seed in the South after losing in overtime to Illinois in Sunday’s Big Ten Tournament final. The Raiders (14-1) won the Patriot League title and entered Selection Sunday averaging 86.3 points, led by Jordan Burns' 17-point average. When his eighth-seeded Tar Heels (18-10) face ninth-seeded Wisconsin, Williams will look to improve to 30-0 in first-round NCAA Tournament games. CONFERENCE WATCHThe Big 12, Big Ten and Southeastern Conference combined to take six of the top seven seeds in the South bracket.