Are McDonald’s All-Americans Crucial to Advancing in NCAA Tournament?

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With fourth-round matchups set, eight of the 16 remaining teams have a McDonald’s All American on the roster. What does that mean? We don’t know who will end up in the championship game, but we have a pretty good idea how it will end:

31 of the last 32 NCAA Championship teams had at least one McDonald’s All American on the roster (2002 Maryland Terrapins were the lone exception)

Of those 31 NCAA championship teams, 97 McDonald’s All Americans were on the rosters (an average of more than 3 per team). There are 25 McDonald’s All Americans on the eight teams still playing in the 2011 NCAA tournament:

McDonald’s All Americans in the Sweet 16
College Player All American Year
Connecticut Kemba Walker 2008
Connecticut Alex Oriakhi 2009
Duke Kyle Singler 2007
Duke Nolan Smith 2007
Duke Ryan Kelly 2009
Duke Mason Plumlee 2009
Duke Kyrie Irving 2010
Florida Vernon Macklin 2006
Florida Kenny Boynton, Jr. 2009
Florida Patric Young 2010
Florida State Chris Singleton 2008
Florida State Michael Snaer 2009
Kansas Josh Selby 2010
Kentucky Terrence Jones 2010
Kentucky Brandon Knight 2010
Kentucky Doron Lamb 2010
North Carolina Tyler Zeller 2008
North Carolina John Henson 2009
North Carolina Dexter Strickland 2009
North Carolina Harrison Barnes 2010
North Carolina Reggie Bullock 2010
North Carolina Kendall Marshall 2010
Ohio State William Buford 2008
Ohio State Jared Sullinger 2010
Ohio State Deshaun Thomas 2010
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