Former Maryland commit Trayvon Reed will continue on to the NCAA Tournament’s Round of 64, helping push Texas Southern past North Carolina Central in Wednesday’s opening First Four game, 64-46.
The Tigers picked up their first-ever tournament win, as Reed resumed his role as controller of the paint and was the team’s third-leading scorer on the night. He finished with 10 points to go with eight rebounds and six (!!!) blocks, including this emphatic swat.
The 7’2 former four-star recruit has bounced around a little since originally committing to the Terps. After being denied the opportunity to enroll at Maryland due to a run-in with police, he enrolled at Auburn. He played little in 2014-15 before sitting out the next season, while sticking it out with the Tigers.
He then transferred to Texas Southern, where he has enjoyed a successful redshirt junior season. He helped the Tigers push through an 0-13 start to the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament crown with averages of 9.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and a conference-high 2.9 blocks in 27.7 minutes a night.
For the first time EVER.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 15, 2018
Texas Southern wins its first NCAA Tourney game, going 0-7 prior to tonight. pic.twitter.com/HqoFg1uaTz
Next up for the Texas Southern is a first round matchup with No. 1-seed Xavier on Friday at 7:20 p.m. ET.
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