NCAA Tournament schedule 2013: Kansas-North Carolina full of NBA prospects


The North Carolina Tar Heels and Kansas Jayhawks meet in the third round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament with several players' NBA draft stock having room to grow.

In a Sunday matchup of college basketball powerhouses, the No. 8 seed North Carolina Tar Heels will try to upset the South Regional's top seed, the Kansas Jayhawks. There's also a number of NBA draft prospects who could help or hurt their stock with their performances on Sunday in Kansas City, and that includes projected top-five shooting guard Ben McLemore.

No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 8 North Carolina, 5:15 p.m. ET, CBS

Ben McLemore - Freshman - Kansas: Before the second and third rounds of the NCAA Tournament began, McLemore was holding off fellow freshman Shabazz Muhammad for the top spot in most mock drafts behind Nerlens Noel, and he was attempting to show that he was the clear-cut best perimeter scorer available. Before the weekend comes to an end, McLemore has already separated himself from Muhammad as the UCLA Bruin was found to be older than originally known. Still, McLemore has work to do. A win by the Jayhawks will help him prove that he's ahead of Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart and Indiana' Victor Oladipo. And McLemore is coming off his third lackluster performance in a row, a 2-for-5, 11-point performance in a slim 64-57 victory against Western Kentucky. In his last three games, he's yet to come within five points of his 16.3 point-per-game average.

Jeff Withey - Senior - Kansas: The 7' center is projected to go around the 20th pick in the 2013 draft, and a prolonged performance in the tournament would surely help his cause. But that could be at risk. Kansas could be more vulnerable than most people originally expected after their sketchy showing against the Hilltoppers in the second round. Withey wasn't one to blame, really. He put in 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting to go with seven blocks. His paint presence will be key for Bill Self's squad as it faces an athletic Tar Heel team.

James Michael McAdoo - Sophomore - North Carolina: McAdoo comes off an impressive performance against a tough No. 9 seed Villanova squad. North Carolina pulled off a 78-71 victory, and the sophomore big man added 17 points, four rebounds and two assists. How the rangy 6'9, 230-pound forward attacks Withey in the interior could be key, and putting in another efficient performance from the field against Kansas would certainly move his stock from a top-20 selection to a potential borderline lottery choice.

Reggie Bullock - Senior - North Carolina: How Bullock and sophomore P.J. Hairston match up against McLemore won't only go a way in the Jayhawk's draft stock, but the elder Bullock also has the incentive for himself. A 14.2 point-per-game scorer, he has been more consistent than the Kansas guard. The 6'7 junior isn't as highly thought of in terms of potential, as he is expected to go at the top of the second round, but he can test the Jayhawks' athletes as well. And if he does his part in holding McLemore to a quiet evening because of what he does -- rather than what McLemore doesn't -- displaying his ability as a wing defender could be huge as well.

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