Busting Brackets

Ranking the best backcourts in the South Region of the NCAA Tournament

These eight backcourt duos could carry their team through the South Region of the NCAA Tournament.
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No. 4: Marquette

No. 2 seed Marquette is a threat to win the South Region and that's because of its dynamic backcourt. However, some questions about a key Golden Eagle guard have people wondering if Shaka Smart's team will have all of its ammunition in the Big Dance.

Tyler Kolek, a senior guard who averages 15.0 PPG has missed the last six games due to an oblique injury. However, Smart says the plan is for the 6-foot-3 Rhode Island native to play in the tournament.

"The plan is for him to play," Smart said on Sunday. "But he's got to go through a progression this week. And so once we get back on the practice court, we'll be able to continue that progression."

Next to Kolek is Kam Jones who averages 16.8 points per game. Both he and Kolek shoot at over 40% from 3-point range making the Golden Eagles an extremely tough team to guard.

This year, Jones has a whopping four 30-point games with all coming in Big East play. If he gets hot and Kolek can return from his injury, Marquette will be a tough out this March.