Grantland's Shane Ryan on Brandon Paul
"All the Illinois shooting guard did was roll in to Spokane and rip the hearts out of no. 10 Gonzaga with 35 points on 10-of-16 shooting. It was the best individual performance of the year by anyone, at any school, and even the highly disciplined Zags — a very strong defensive unit coming into the game — had nothing for him. Tell it like it is, Mark Few: "He looked like a high-level NBA guy … We didn't have a guy who could guard him one-on-one basically." With 19.5 points per game on an undefeated team, and a performance that will be tough for anyone to top all season, I do believe it's time to start the Player of the Year drumbeat for Mr. Paul. He just crashed the list."