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CANADIANS READY AS FIRST ROUND OF THE 2018 NCAA TOURNAMENT CONTINUES FRIDAY

TORONTO, ON (March 12, 2018) - March Madness is almost upon us and Canadian college hoops fans will have plenty to cheer about as 22 players from North of the border are set to participate in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

Coming off SEC Tournament Most Valuable Player honours, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will be hoping to take a deep run with the Kentucky Wildcats. After an excellent rookie season, the Hamilton, Ont. native was named to the All-SEC Freshman Team and All-SEC Second Team. Gilgeous-Alexander will be looking to become just the sixth Canadian player to win the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament and first since Kyle Wiltjer won with Kentucky back in 2012.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker, cousin of Shai, is hoping to take Virginia Tech all the way after averaging 10.5 PPG and 3.9 RPG. No. 8 seed Virginia Tech has a tough opening round matchup against No. 9 Alabama on Thursday night.

Oshae Brissett had strong freshman year at Syracuse making the ACC All-Freshman Team, averaging 14.8 PPG with 8.8 RPG. However, the Orange find themselves in the First Four and will have to defeat Arizona State on Wednesday to secure their spot in the tournament.

Last year's tournament had 22 players making the tournament with one making it to the National Championship game. Dustin Triano, son of Canada Basketball head coach Jay Triano, played for the Gonzaga Bulldogs who in the end lost to the North Carolina Tarheels.

Below is the list of Canadians playing this year:

Emmanuel Akot - Arizona - L 68-89 vs. (13) Buffalo 

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

ARIZ

10.4

0.7-1.7

.412

0.3-0.7

.409

0.2-0.4

.455

1.1

0.8

0.1

0.2

0.9

0.6

1.9

Gabriel Osabuohien - Arkansas - L 62-79 vs (10) Butler

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

ARK

7.1

0.5-1.3

.400

0.0-0.2

.000

0.1-0.5

.200

1.5

0.4

0.2

0.2

1.1

0.6

1.2

Kimbal Mackenzie - Bucknell - L 78-82 vs (3) Michigan State - 10 pts, 6 asts

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

BUCK

26.5

2.6-7.3

.353

1.7-5.0

.342

1.0-1.0

1.000

1.8

2.2

0.1

0.6

1.9

1.4

7.9

Dominic Johnson - Buffalo -

W 89-68 vs (4) Arizona

L 75-95 vs (5) Kentucky 

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

BUFF

2.8

0.4-0.6

.800

0.1-0.2

.500

0.0-0.0

.000

0.7

0.0

0.0

0.1

0.3

0.2

1.0

Christian David - Butler -

W 79-62 vs (7) Arkansas

L 73-76 vs (2) Purdue

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

BUT

5.7

0.4-1.2

.357

0.1-0.6

.200

0.2-0.4

.556

0.6

0.4

0.0

0.2

0.8

0.3

1.2

Jackson Rowe - Cal State-Fullerton - L 48-74 vs. (2) Purdue - 10 pts, 3 rebs, 1 asts

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

CSF

29.9

4.4-7.6

.581

0.8-1.9

.411

2.6-3.3

.778

6.8

1.6

1.0

0.9

2.3

2.0

12.2

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander - Kentucky - 

W 78-73 vs (12) Davidson - 19 pts, 8 rebs, 7 asts

W 95-75 vs. (13) Buffalo - 27 pts, 6 rebs, 6 asts

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

UK

33.2

4.7-9.9

.479

0.6-1.5

.380

3.4-4.2

.799

3.8

5.1

0.5

1.6

1.6

2.6

13.4

Mfiondu Kabengele - Florida State -

W 67-54 vs (8) Missouri - 14 pts, 12 rebs

W 75-70 vs (1) Xavier - 9 pts, 6 rebs

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

FSU

14.1

2.5-5.0

.500

0.3-0.8

.375

1.8-2.8

.639

4.5

0.3

0.7

0.5

2.1

1.0

7.1

Kassius Robertson - Missouri - L 54-67 vs (9) Florida State - 19 pts, 4 rebs

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

MIZ

35.9

4.8-11.3

.421

3.1-7.3

.425

3.6-4.5

.799

3.0

2.4

0.1

1.0

1.7

2.3

16.2

Kalif Young - Providence - L 69-73 vs. (7)  Texas A&M

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

PROV

16.6

1.7-3.2

.536

0.0-0.0

.000

0.9-1.8

.492

4.1

0.6

0.6

0.4

2.0

0.9

4.4

Nolan Narain - San Diego State - L 65-67 vs (6) Houston

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

SDSU

10.8

1.9-2.8

.688

0.2-0.5

.364

0.7-1.0

.652

2.0

0.3

0.1

0.2

1.6

0.8

4.7

Nelson Kaputo - St. Bonaventure - L 62-77 vs. (6) Florida 

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

SBON

10.4

1.1-2.5

.418

0.6-1.7

.333

0.6-0.6

.947

0.6

1.1

0.0

0.5

0.8

0.5

3.3

Oshae Brissett - Syracuse -

W 60-56 vs (11) Arizona State - 23 pts, 12 reb, 2 asts

W 55-53 vs (3) Michigan State - 15 pts, 9 rbds

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

SYR

38.0

4.3-12.2

.352

1.5-4.5

.345

4.6-5.8

.800

8.8

0.9

0.7

1.2

2.3

1.8

14.7

 

Howard Washington - Syracuse - 

W 60-56 vs (11) Arizona State - 

W 55-53 vs (3) Michigan State -

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

SYR

6.1

0.3-0.9

.294

0.1-0.7

.167

0.4-0.6

.700

0.8

0.6

0.1

0.3

0.3

0.4

1.1

Kyle Alexander - Tennessee -

W 73-47 vs (14) Wrjgbt State - 6 pts, 4 rebs

L 62-63 vs (11) Loyola - DNP

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

TENN

20.3

2.3-3.3

.686

0.0-0.0

1.000

1.1-1.5

.723

5.7

0.3

1.7

0.6

2.4

0.7

5.6

Isiah Jasey - Texas A&M -

W 73-69 vs (10) Providence

W 86-65 vs (2) North Carolina

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

TAMU

3.7

0.2-0.5

.500

0.0-0.1

.000

0.0-0.0

.000

0.5

0.0

0.3

0.1

0.3

0.2

0.5

Jelani Mofford - UNC Greensboro - L 68-64 vs (4) Gonzaga

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

UNCG

3.0

0.0-0.0

.000

0.0-0.0

.000

0.0-0.0

.000

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Nickeil Alexander-Walker - Virginia Tech - L 83-86 vs. (9) Alabama - 15 pts, 2 rebs, 3 asts;

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

VT

25.3

3.7-8.3

.451

1.7-4.4

.393

1.4-1.8

.746

3.9

1.4

0.6

0.9

1.5

1.6

10.5

While members of tournament bound teams, Canadians Elijah Mitrou-Long (Texas), Aher Uguak (Loyola-Chicago), Jalen Poyser (St. Bonaventure) Brandon Clarke (Gonzaga) will not play this year due to NCAA rules after transferring.