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NCAA Tournament 2024: 5 Canadians to watch in March Madness

As the First Round of the men’s NCAA Tournament approaches, the next generation of Northern stars will suit up with a chance to add their name to the growing list of Canadian basketball icons. Let’s take a closer look at five tournament-bound Canucks that could make a difference in the Big Dance.
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Quincy Guerrier - Illinois Fighting Illini

Just when you thought Illinois wasn’t already talented enough in the frontcourt, the program went ahead and scooped up Quincy Guerrier in the transfer portal.

Hailing from Montreal, Quebec, the 6’7” forward bounced around between schools in his first four years in the NCAA. With stops at Syracuse and Oregon now in the rear-view mirror, Guerrier joined what looked to be a crowded Fighting Illini roster with little space to operate down low. But it looks like no one told Quincy that.

In his fifth and final year of eligibility, Guerrier currently leads his team in rebounding with 6.3 RPG. This is no small feat given Illinois starting five all measure in at over 6’6”. Alongside his performance on the glass, the forward also chips in 10 PPG while shooting 38.7% from the three-point line.

The Fighting Illini entered the tournament still riding the high of winning the Big Ten title with a commanding 93-87 victory over Wisconsin. Now staring down a matchup with No. 14 Morehead State, Guerrier and his squad will need to bring their “A” game against leading scorer Riley Minix. The 6’7” guard is averaging nearly a double-double with 20.8 PPG and 9.8 RPG over the Eagles’ miracle season.

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When to watch? #3 Illinois will do battle with #14 Morehead State in the First Round on Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 3:10 p.m. ET.