Jordan Bell has Dominated the NCAA Tournament

When Chris Boucher went down with a torn ACL, everybody counted out the Oregon Ducks. Admittedly, I followed the common trend of picking their defeat in the second round of the tournament to Rhode Island. However, now we are down to four teams left in the tournament, and Oregon is one of them. Even if you were to believe that the Ducks could have this run in them, you would think that it would be a result of Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey going crazy. While Dorsey has been phenomenal, Jordan Bell has arguably been the best player on the team. For his career, the 6-9 Junior has received much less attention than his aforementioned teammates, but that has changed this March. His season stats of, 10.9 ppg, 8.6 rpg, and 2.2 blk are more than respectable, but he has taken his game to a new level the past few weeks. He has been great in Oregon’s first three games, but he put in one of the greatest defensive performances I have ever seen, last night against Kansas. To go along with 11 points and 13 rebounds, Bell tallied 8 blocks. Not only did he put up all those blocks, he altered countless other shots at the rim, and completely changed the mindset of Kansas attackers: Frank Mason, Josh Jackson, and the rest of the Jayhawks. Perhaps even more incredibly, is that Bell only managed to commit one foul! To be that productive on defense without fouling, is nearly impossible in the game of basketball. Sometimes it is important to recognize awesome players on the defensive side of the court, and Jordan Bell is just that.

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