NCAA Tournament 2013: Ben McLemore plays better in Kansas loss in Sweet 16

Ronald Martinez

Ben McLemore had struggled in two NCAA Tournament wins for Kansas. On Friday, he played well, but the Jayhawks lost to Michigan.

Through two NCAA Tournament games, Kansas Jayhawks freshman Ben McLemore had scored just 13 total points on 2 for 14 shooting, including an 0-for-9 performance against North Carolina in the second round. Despite McLemore's struggles, Kansas was able to win both games.

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On Friday against Michigan, McLemore played much better, helping Kansas build a double-digit lead, but the Jayhawks could not hold off a late Michigan rally and lost, 87-85, in overtime. McLemore finished with 20 points, shot 8 for 15, including 4 for 8 from three-point range, and grabbed five rebounds, showing why he's considered a likely top-five pick should he enter the NBA Draft.

McLemore, a 6'5 guard, averaged 15.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game this season while shooting 49 percent and 42 percent from three-point range. He's currently projected as the second overall pick in the draft by DraftExpress.

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