Best Performances of the First Day of the 2nd Round of the 2024 NCAA Tournament

March 24th, 2024

by Alan Lu

Here some of the best performances of the second round in the 2024 NCAA Tournament that happened yesterday.

NC State’s DJ Burns was dominant in his team’s overtime win over Oakland, and he consistently made sterling plays out of the post, especially as a scorer, facilitator, and rebounder to help his team advance to the Sweet 16 of the 2024 NCAA Tournament. (Photo: Gregory Fisher/USA Today Sports, via

NC State’s 6-9 senior big man, DJ Burns had 24 points and had 11 rebounds and 4 assists to lead his team to an overtime win over Oakland. He did a great job of scoring and rebounding in the paint, and he also passed very well to consistently find open teammates to notch assists.

DJ Burns size, skill, and superb passing skills really punished the undersized Oakland team, as Burns’ strong skills were on full display last night. And I think it’s time that NBA teams and scouts take notice of DJ Burns as a legitimate prospect for the 2024 draft. (Source: Twitter/@brhoops)

Illinois’ Terrence Shannon Jr. scored 30 points, and had 4 rebounds and 4 assists to lead his team to a blowout win over Duquesne. Marcus Domask had 22 points and dished out 7 assists to get Illinois the victory.

Dayton’s DaRon Holmes II had 23 points and 11 rebounds in his team’s loss to Arizona. Caleb Love scored 19 points and had 5 assists to get Arizona the win in this game.

N’Faly Dante had 28 points and 20 rebounds in Oregon’s double overtime loss to Creighton. Jermaine Couisnard scored 32 points on 13 of 33 shooting in his team’s loss. Ryan Kalkbrenner, Steven Ashworth, Baylor Scheierman, and Trey Alexander combined for 78 of Creighton’s 86 points to lead their team to a double overtime win in this game.

Creighton’s 7-1 senior center, Ryan Kalkbrenner scored 19 points and had 14 rebounds and 5 blocks last night, and his three-point shot in double overtime was a thing of beauty, as he made a big shot to help his team seal the win over Oregon.

In the Gonzaga-Kansas game, Gonzaga’s Anton Watson, Graham Ike, Ben Gregg, Nolan Hickman, and Braden Huff combined for 79 of the team’s 89 points to lead their team to a blowout win over Kansas. At one point, Kansas was up 49-48, but Gonzaga then went on a blistering, 32-4 run to get the double-digit win in this game.

Oakland’s Trey Townsend had 30 points and 13 rebounds in his team’s loss to NC State. Jack Gohlke scored 22 points, made 6 threes, and hauled in 8 rebounds off the bench for Oakland.

Michigan State’s Tyson Walker scored 24 points in a loss to North Carolina, and R.J. Davis scored 20 points to lead North Carolina to a win over Michigan State. Armando Bacot had 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists. Harrison Ingram scored 17 points and made 5 three-pointers.

Jaylen Wells had 20 points in Washington State’s loss to Iowa State. Iowa State’s Tamin Lipsey had 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists, and Curtis Jones had 14 points, made 3 threes, and had 4 rebounds and 4 assists to lead Iowa State to a double-digit win over Washington State.

Those are my thoughts on which performances were the best and caught my eye on the first day of the second round of the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Thanks for reading.

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