Cavs Nation Poll Question
In the spirit of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, we ask YOU the fans...
Which Cavaliers' Alma mater has the best chance at winning the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship?
- Duke: Kyrie Irving
The Duke Blue Devils enter this year's NCAA Tournament as the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region after posting a 27-5 regular season record.
Cavaliers point guard, Kyrie Irving, started playing with Duke in the 2010–11 basketball season. Irving led the defending National Champions in scoring at 17.4 points per game on 53.2% shooting through the first eight games of that season. In addition, he added 5.1 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.
Duke would eventually lose to the Arizona Wildcats in the Sweet Sixteen despite Irving scoring 28 points in what turned out to be his last game with the Blue Devils.
- Florida: Mo Speights
Despite an upset loss to the Ole Miss Rebels in the SEC Championship game, the Florida Gators were selected as the No. 3 seed in the South Region. The Gators posted an impressive 26-7 record during the regular season.
Cavaliers' reserve, Mo Speights, began his career at Florida in 2006, and averaged nearly four points and two rebounds in six minutes per game as a freshman for the National Champion Gators. Speights was part of a stellar big man group which included Al Horford, Joakim Noah, and Chris Richard.
Speights ended the 2007–08 season averaging 14.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game, and after his sophomore season, declared himself eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft.
- Syracuse: Dion Waiters
The Syracuse Orangemen loss to the Louisville Cardinals in the Big East Tournament Championship, but snagged the No. 4 in the East Region with a 26-9 regular season record.
In his freshman season at Syracuse, Dion Waiters averaged 6.6 points, 1.5 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game. That season, Waiters came up big in the second round of NCAA Tournament against conference rival Marquette. Waiters shot 8-for-10 on his way to 18 points, but unfortunately for Waiters and the Orangemen, the effort was not enough to knock off the Golden Eagles.
In his sophomore season, Waiters averaged 12.6 points, 2.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game and was named AP Honorable Mention All-American.
- Arizona: Luke Walton
The Arizona Wildcats had a great regular season in the PAC 12, posting a 25-7 record while making it to the semifinals of their Conference Tournament. The Wildcats enter the 2013 NCAA Tournament as the No. 6 seed in the West Region.
Cavaliers' forward reserve, Luke Walton, had a stellar career at Arizona under the tutelage of legendary head coach, Lute Olson.
In his best season at Arizona as a junior, Walton averaged an impressive 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.6 blocks per game. Walton earned Second Team All-America honors from The Sporting News and Basketball News and a Third Team All-America nod from Basketball Times.
That same season, Walton led the Wildcats to a Pac-10 Tournament Championship on his way to becoming the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player after averaging 22.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists in three games.