College Hoops Player of the Day for Wednesday, March 14, 2012
First Four game 3: Vermont 71 Lamar 59 - The Catamounts of Vermont were workmanlike and disciplined in their rather one-sided win over favored Lamar, advancing to play the North Carolina Tar Heels in the opening round of the Midwest regional. Vermont took an early lead and were never headed, aided by freshman Four McGlynn, who came off the bench to score a game-high 18 points on 5-for-9 shooting, including three of five three-pointers.
Brian Voelkel was a key contributor for the Catamounts with 12 rebounds and seven assists.
First Four game 4: South Florida 65 California 54 - South Florida's defense-to-offense approach lived up to its billing, as the Bulls completely dominated their PAC-12 rivals, holding Cal to 13 first half points, taking an insurmountable 23-point advantage into the break. While the final score turned out to be much closer, the outcome was never in doubt. Contesting every possession, South Florida forced the Golden Bears into 36% shooting for the game, including a 3-for-15 output from the 3-point line.
Scoring consistently inside, the Bulls shared the ball well, going for 15 assists on 28-49 shooting, a 57% pace. South Florida advances to the Midwest regional as a #12 seed, where they will face #5 Temple on Friday.
Victor Rudd Jr. exemplified the efficiency of the South Florida offense, going 7-for-10 for a team-high 15 points. Cal's Harper Kemp was the game's high scorer with 19.