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Ranking the 8 best backcourts in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament

Let's take a look at which backcourts could help their team the most in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament.

Feb 28, 2024; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide guard Aaron Estrada (55) embraces Mark Sears (1) on the court.
Feb 28, 2024; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide guard Aaron Estrada (55) embraces Mark Sears (1) on the court. / Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports
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Tyson Walker. . . . 486. . A.J. Hoggard. 4. West Backcourts.

Michigan State is going to play in probably one of my favorite matchups in round one against Mississippi State. This is going to be a great game between two teams that are hot right now and, sadly, one of them will have to go home in the first round.

The Spartans, however, have two great guards to help their chances at moving on. Tyson Walker has been great for Michigan State this season averaging 18.2 points a game and almost three assists a game. He shoots well from the floor with a 44.2 field goal percentage and his range from behind the arc isn't bad either.

Walker pairs well with A.J. Hoggard who averages 11 points per game, which could be better, but he makes up for it by averaging 5.2 assists per game. Huggard also isn't too shabby with a 41.6 shooting percentage. When both of these guys are on, the Michigan State team is dangerous and nobody wants to play them.

Both of these guys can make plays, but even scarier, they can make plays to other guys really well. It pays off to be able to shoot, but when you can shoot the ball and get the ball to even better shooters, it can be lethal.