ESPN's ranking of Top 25 players in March Madness includes 7 B1G names
An incredible amount of talent is about to take the floor during March Madness. As is always the case, this is the time when the stars shine the brightest.
With the Round of 64 set to begin on Thursday, ESPN released its list of the Top 25 players participating in this year’s NCAA Tournament. To nobody’s surprise, a lot of B1G names were included.
The B1G accounted for 7 players on the list, most of any conference in college basketball. The SEC ranked second with 4 selections on the list.
Leading the way was Iowa’s Keegan Murray, who was ranked as the No. 1 player overall. He’s coming off an incredible run in the B1G Tournament, scoring a record 103 points in four games while leading the Hawkeyes to a championship.
Here’s the complete list of B1G names:
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No. 1: Keegan Murray, Iowa
No. 8: Johnny Davis, Wisconsin
No. 11: Kofi Cockburn, Illinois
No. 13: Jaden Ivey, Purdue
No. 17: Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana
No. 20: EJ Liddell, Ohio State
No. 24: Zach Edey, Purdue
Of that list, 6 received at least a mention on the AP All-America teams. Murray, Davis and Cockburn were all first-team selections, Ivey earned second-team honors and Liddell was a third-team pick. Edey was an honorable mention.
Jackson-Davis — who recorded a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds in Indiana’s First Four win over Wyoming Tuesday night — was not on the list.
You can view the complete Top 25 from ESPN here (subscription required).