Busting Brackets

Ranking the top 8 backcourts in the East Region who could carry their team to the second round

Guards decide the big games in March Madness, so I'm here to tell you who has the best ones in the East Region.

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SG: Alijah Martin. . Florida Atlantic. . . PG: Johnell Davis. . 5. . 2276

While San Diego State made it one step farther in the tournament Dusty May’s FAU Owls were last tournament’s Cinderella. May could’ve had his pick of the coaching vacancies last offseason but instead decided to return to Boca Raton with his leaders Johnell Davis and Vladislav Goldin for another run at the title. 

Well, FAU moved up to the AAC and got exposed a bit, even losing in the conference tournament semifinals to Temple. The lack of defense from this year’s squad will prevent another Final Four appearance, but Davis and Martin have the experience and ability to make noise once again. 

The Owls don’t have quite the depth that May stockpiled last season, so Davis has increased his scoring from 13.8 to 18.2 and he’s actually been more efficient while doing it, shooting 42.5% from three. Martin makes up the other half of this deadly backcourt duo, averaging 13.3 points on 41.6% shooting. 

The biggest weakness of this backcourt is the turnovers. Davis and Martin combine to average 4.2 turnovers a game, which leads to transition baskets, which certainly don’t help FAU’s defensive woes. 

I think Dusty May should've taken the money and run a year ago because his stock could take a hit after a first-round exit against Northwestern.