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Checking in on the Warriors alma maters in the NCAA tournament

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Five players still have their team’s left in the men’s tournament, and three in the women’s tournament.

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With the exception of Jonas Jerebko and Shaun Livingston, every member of the Golden State Warriors played college basketball. Which means that almost all of them are invested in the college basketball season.

For many, that means the NCAA Tournament. Some players still have their team fighting for a championship, though most don’t. Let’s check in on the men’s tournament, Warrior by Warrior.

Still In

Jordan Bell
Oregon University

Bell put a lot of faith in his alma mater if he actually expected them to be in this category. Oregon went just 10-8 in conference play, but ran through the Pac-12 Tournament, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Oregon only earned the #12 seed in the South but that didn’t deter them, as they destroyed #5 Wisconsin in the opening round, then did the same to #13 UC Irvine. They face #1 Virginia on Thursday.

Quinn Cook
Duke University

Cook’s Blue Devils have been at or near the top of the rankings all year long, thanks to one of the greatest recruiting classes in recent memory, and one of the most electric prospects of all-time in Zion Williamson.

Duke won the ACC Tournament and the #1 seed in the East and skated by #16 North Dakota State in the opener, but nearly getting upset by #9 Central Florida in round two.

They play on Friday against #4 Virginia Tech.

DeMarcus Cousins
University of Kentucky

Death, taxes, and Kentucky being a great college basketball team. Boogie’s former team went 29-6, and while they didn’t win the SEC Tournament or finish first in the conference, they grabbed the #2 seed in the Midwest.

Kentucky scorched #15 Abilene Christian in round one, then narrowly escaped #7 Wofford. They play #3 Houston on Friday.

Draymond Green
Michigan State University

There could be a lot of money being exchanged in the Oracle Arena locker room this weekend. The Spartans are the #2 seed in the East, and coasted to the Sweet 16 by taking down #15 Bradley and #10 Minnesota.

Michigan State plays #3 LSU on Friday, and if they and Duke both win, they’ll square off on Sunday, with a spot in the Final Four on the line.

Something tells me Green and Cook will have a little wager going on if that happens.


Jacob Evans III
University of Cincinnati

The Bearcats finished second in the American Athletic Conference, and grabbed a tournament spot after winning the conference tournament. They were the #7 seed in the South, but were upset by #10 Iowa in the opening round.

Damion Lee
University of Louisville

Louisville was a testament to the strength of the ACC, as they went 20-14, finished in a tie for sixth in the conference, won just a single ACC Tournament game, and still punched their ticket to the big tourney.

The #7 seed in the East, the Cardinals lost in the opening round to #10 Minnesota.

Missed the Tourney

Andrew Bogut
University of Utah

The Utes had a decent regular season, finishing 17-14 and third in the Pac-12. But they were bounced in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament, and missed the call from the committee.

Steph Curry
Davidson College

Curry’s Wildcats had a decent season, finishing 24-10 and second in the Atlantic 10. But they lost early in the conference tournament and instead settled into the NIT, where they lost in the first round.

Marcus Derrickson
Georgetown University

The Hoyas went 19-14 and didn’t make much noise in the Big East regular season or tournament. They accepted an invitation to the NIT, where they lost to Harvard in the opening round.

Kevin Durant
University of Texas at Austin

Texas went 18-16 in a rather meh year, and ended up in the NIT rather than the NCAA Tournament. They won the first two rounds of the tournament, and face Colorado on Wednesday.

Andre Iguodala
University of Arizona

It was the definition of a mediocre year for Iguodala’s Wildcats, who finished just above .500 with a record of 17-15, and lost in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament.

Damian Jones
Vanderbilt University

Not a great year for Jones’ squad, as they failed to win a single game in SEC conference play en route to a 9-23 record.

Kevon Looney

The Bruins are not the powerhouse they once were, as they finished seventh in the Pac-12, and went a meager 17-16 on the year.

Alfonzo McKinnie
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Green Bay went just 18-16, and finished fourth in the Horizon League.

Klay Thompson
Washington State University

Klay and Rocco will be sad by the Cougars’ season, as they went just 11-22 en route to an 11th place finish in the Pac-12.

Women’s Tournament

While the Warriors players are graduates of their alma mater’s men’s teams, some of their school’s women’s teams have been tearing it up this year. Let’s check out those still left in the tournament.

Damion Lee/Louisville: Louisville is a #1 seed and has breezed through #16 Robert Morris and #8 Michigan. They face #4 Oregon State on Friday.

Jordan Bell/Oregon: Oregon has been the most exciting team in the tourney, thanks to one Sabrina Ionescu, a triple-double machine and no-doubt top pick in the WNBA draft should she declare. The Ducks are a #2 seed, and dominated #15 Portland State and #10 Indiana in the opening rounds. They face #6 South Dakota State on Friday.

Kevon Looney/UCLA: Thanks to an upset, the Bruins are still alive. A #6 seed, UCLA beat #11 Tennessee in round one, before sneaking past #3 Maryland. They face perennial powerhouse #2 UConn on Friday, with a potential date against Lee’s Louisville squad waiting in the Elite Eight.