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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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. . Cormac Ryan. RJ Davis. . . . 3. 441. West Backcourts

Things started to get a little tight here in the two, three, and four spots, but I decided to give the Tar Heels the three spot because of the second guard on the list. We all know RJ Davis is one of the best guards in the country.

Davis scores 21.4 points per game, averages 3.5 assists, and shoots 43.1 percent from the floor. He does it all because he also shoots 40.6 percent from behind the three-point line. Davis is a player that teams circle when they play UNC because when he has the ball in his hands, he can either shoot it, or he can make a great play for someone else with it.

Cormac Ryan is the other guard for the Tar Heels on this list. He is no slouch as he averages 11.2 points per game, but he also averages only 1.3 assists per game and shoots just 37.7 percent from the floor.

The reason UNC is three on this list and not higher is because if you take Davis away on the court, other guards need to step up and while Ryan is a great player, he does not have numbers like Davis. These are still great guards and they are still some of the best in this region, but they need to show they can make plays too.

This is still a dangerous duo because I believe Davis is the catalyst for this team and he is also great at getting the big men involved. This is still a team that deserves to be feared because of its backcourt.