Relive the performances from former Illinois high school players in the first two rounds of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament

Thursday, March 18 Games

#11 Drake defeated #11 Wichita State, 53-52
  • Drake’s first tournament win since 1971.
  • Joseph Yesufu (Bolingbrook)- 40 minutes, 21 points, 8/21 FG, 3/9 3PT, 2/3 FT, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 2 turnovers.

Friday, March 19 Games

#3 Arkansas defeated #14 Colgate, 85-68
  • Justin Smith (Stevenson)- 40 minutes, 29 points, 9/17 FG, 11/13 FT, 5 offensive rebounds, 13 total rebounds, an assist, 5 steals, and 2 blocks.

#6 Texas Tech defeated #11 Utah State, 65-53
  • Terrence Shannon, Jr. (Lincoln Park)- 31 minutes, 10 points, 5/12 FG, 0/2 3PT, 0/1 FT, an offensive rebound, 3 assists, and a steal.

#1 Illinois defeated #16 Drexel, 78-49
  • Ayo Dosunmu (Morgan Park)- 38 minutes, 17 points, 8/14 FG, 0/1 3PT, 1/1 FT, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, and a steal.

  • Adam Miller (Morgan Park)- 20 minutes, 10 points, 4/5 FG, 1/2 3PT, 1/2 FT, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.
  • Zach Griffith (Fisher)- 1 minute
  • Brandon Lieb (Deerfield)- 1 minute, 0/1 FG
  • Connor Serven (St. Rita)- 1 minute and an offensive rebound.
  • Da’Monte Williams (Manual)- 20 minutes, 4 points, 2/3 rebounds, 0/1 3PT, an offensive rebound, 4 total rebounds, and 2 assists.
#15 Oral Roberts defeated #2 Ohio State, 75-72
  • E.J. Liddell (Belleville West)- 39 minutes, 23 points, 10/15 FG, 1/3 3PT, 2/4 FT, 6 offensive rebounds, 14 total rebounds, 5 assists, and a block.

#8 Loyola-Chicago defeated Georgia Tech, 71-60
  • Cameron Krutwig (Jacobs)- 28 minutes, 10 points, 4/6 FG, 2/2 FT, 2 offensive rebounds, 5 total rebounds, a steal, and a block.

  • Lucas Williamson (Whitney Young)- 36 minutes, 21 points, 8/13 FG, 4/7 3PT, 1/2 FT, 3 offensive rebounds, 6 total rebound, 4 assists, and a steal.

  • Marquise Kennedy (Brother Rice)- 16 minutes, 6 points, 3/8 FG, 0/1 3PT, 0/1 FT, 4 offensive rebounds (4 total rebounds), and an assist.

#9 Wisconsin defeated #9 North Carolina, 85-62
  • Carter Higginbottom (St. Ignatius)- 1 minute and a steal.
  • Justin Taphorn (Pekin)- 1 minute.
#2 Houston defeated #15 Cleveland State, 87-56
  • Craig Beaudion (Whitney Young)- 27 minutes, 2 points, 1/2 3PT, and an assist.
#13 North Texas defeated #4 Purdue, 78-69 in OT
  • Thomas Bell (Cahokia)- 42 minutes, 16 points, 7/13 FG, 1/6 3PT, 1/1 FT, an offensive rebound, 5 total rebounds, 3 assists, a steal, and 2 blocks.

Saturday, March 20 Games

#4 Florida State defeated #13 UNC Greensboro, 64-54
  • Malik Osborne (Rich South)- 14 minutes, 4 points, 4/4 FT, and 5 rebounds.
#9 Louisiana State defeated #9 Bonaventure, 76-61
  • Eddie Creal (Romeoville)- 4 minutes, 0/2 FG, 2 offensive rebounds, and 3 total rebounds.
  • Jalen Shaw (Larkin)- 1 minute and a block.
#1 Michigan defeated #16 Texas Southern, 82-62
  • Mike Smith (Fenwick)- 38 minutes, 18 points, 6/12 FG, 2/6 3PT, 4/4 FT, 2 offensive rebound rebounds, 4 total rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal.

#6 USC defeated #11 Drake, 72-56
  • Drew Peterson (Libertyville)- 28 minutes, 14 points, 5/10 FG, 1/1 3PT, 3/5 FT, an offensive rebound, 2 total rebounds, and 2 assists.

  • Joseph Yesufu (Bolingbrook)- 39 minutes, 26 points, 8/22, 6/11 3PT, 4/4 FT, 2 offensive rebounds, 5 total rebounds, and 2 assists.

  • Andrew Barrett (Alleman)- 1 minute.
  • Nate Ferguson (Lemont)- 1 minute and 0/1 FG.
#8 Oklahoma defeated #9 Missouri, 72-68
  • Xavier Pinson (Simeon)- 18 minutes, 2 points, 1/7 FG, 0/3 3PT, a rebound, 5 assists, and a steal.
  • Mark Smith (Edwardsville)- 30 minutes, 11 points, 3/7 FG, 3/5 3PT, 2/2 FT, an offensive rebound, 4 total rebounds, and an assist.
  • Jeremiah Tilmon (East St. Louis)- 30 minutes, 16 points, 6/11 FG, 4/6 FT, 4 offensive rebounds, 12 total rebounds, an assist, a steal, and 2 blocks.

  • Javon Pickett (Belleville East)- 16 minutes, 6 points, 2/4 FG, 2/2 FT, an offensive rebound, 2 assists, and a block.

Sunday, March 21 Games

#8 Loyola defeated #1 Illinois, 71-58
  • Cameron Krutwig (Jacobs)- 33 minutes, 19 points, 9/18 FG, 1/2 FT, 4 offensive rebounds, 12 total rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals.

  • Lucas Williamson (Whitney Young)- 36 minutes, 14 points, 5/8 FG, 0/2 3PT, 4/5 FT, 2 rebounds, a steal, and a block.

  • Marquise Kennedy (Brother Rice)- 18 minutes, 14 points, 4/6 FG, 1/2 3PT, 5/7 FT, 3 rebounds, an assist, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.

  • Ayo Dosunmu (Morgan Park)- 38 minutes, 9 points, 4/10 FG, 1/2 3PT, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists.

  • Adam Miller (Morgan Park)- 26 minutes, 10 points, 4/6 FG, 2/4 3PT, 2 rebounds, an assist, and a steal.
  • Da’Monte Williams (Manual)- 22 minutes, 2 points, 0/3 FG, 0/1 3PT, 2/2 FT, 2 offensive rebounds, 3 total rebounds, and a steal.
#3 Arkansas defeated #6 Texas Tech, 68-66
  • Justin Smith (Stevenson)- 39 minutes, 20 points, 9/11 FG, 2/3 FT, 3 offensive rebounds, 6 total rebounds, 2 assists, and a block.

  • Terrence Shannon, Jr. (Lincoln Park)- 35 minutes, 20 points, 6/16 FG, 3/4 3PT, 5/5 FT, an offensive rebound, 3 total rebounds, and a steal.

#5 Villanova defeated #13 North Texas, 84-61
  • Thomas Bell (Cahokia)- 37 minutes, 7 points, 2/5 FG, 1/3 3PT, 3 offensive rebounds, 9 total rebounds, an assist, an a block.

Monday, March 22 Games

#7 Oregon defeated #2 Iowa, 95-80
  • Ahron Ulis (Marion Catholic)- 12 minutes, 1 point, 1/2 FT, an offensive rebound, 2 total rebounds, 4 assists, and a block.
#1 Michigan defeated #8 LSU, 86-78
  • Mike Smith (Fenwick)- 32 minutes, 5 points, 2/8 FG, 1/4 3PT, an offensive rebound, 2 total rebounds, and 6 assists.

#4 FSU defeated #5 Colorado, 71-53
  • Malik Osborne (Rich South)- 20 minutes, 11 points, 4/8 FG, 1/4 3PT, 2/3 FT, an offensive rebound, 4 total rebounds, and a steal.

#6 USC defeated #3 Kansas, 85-51
  • Drew Peterson (Libertyville)- 34 minutes, 5 points, 1/4 FG, 1/2 3PT, 2/2 FT, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.

#2 Alabama defeated #10 Maryland, 96-77
  • Aquan Smart (Niles North)– 1 minute

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