Morant Leads Rare Upset on Day 1 Of NCAA’s

John Halveston | March 22nd, 2019

On a day in the NCAA Tournament that offered up very few true upsets, Ja Morant provided one. Perhaps it’s not too big of an upset, either, but it’s as close as we got to seeing a major one given that his #12 seed Murray State team went out and won 83-64 over #5 seed Marquette on Thursday night. Morant, a player that has seemingly come from out of nowhere and is now a major factor in the NBA lottery equation, led them to said win thanks to a triple-double display.

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His 15 points, 15 assists, and ten rebounds made him the first player since Draymond Green, back in 2012, to record one during the NCAA Tournament, pointing toward just how good he can be all-around. It was his third such time accomplishing the feat this season, putting him on a list with just only four other players that have had three or more. The Racers might ‘just’ be a 12 seed, but they are real factors in this tournament now, especially with a pro-caliber player in Morant leading the way.

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