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Canadian Content: Who to watch during March Madness by Philip Drost

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It's the time of year when dreams come true, upsets shock the nation, people burn their brackets within five days of making them, and fans get to watch some of the most exciting basketball on the planet. Yes, it's time for the NCAA March Madness tournament. 

Before you go and make your Canada's Court Bracket, for your chance to get a shout out on an episode, let's take a look at some of the top Canadians competing on the men's side of the tournament. 

Oshae Brissett - Syracuse

Oshae Brissett and the Syracuse Orangemen barely squeak into the tournament. They play Arizona State on Wednesday as part of the First Four play-in tournament, and if they win that they play the six seeded TCU Horned Frogs. 

Brissett is had a terrific season for the Orangemen, averaging 14.7 points and 8.8 boards. Look for him to have a big game as he tried to keep 'Cuse alive

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander - Kentucky

If you're looking for a player to have a big impact on his team's success, and potentially go far in the tournament, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is your guy. The Kentucky Wildcats come into the tournament as the five seed and have the potential to make some noise.

If they do, it will be because Gilgeous Alexander is keeping up his top-notch level of play. During the season he averaged 13.4 points a game, along with 5.1 assists and a handful of boards. 

Kassius Robertson - Missouri

In the day and age of space and pace, with three-point shots flying left and right, Kassius Robertson is a guy to watch. Kassius Robertson will be playing with top NBA prospect Michael Porter Jr. as the eighth-seeded Missouri Tigers try to get past Florida State and make a run at a championship. 

Robertson has been knocking down 3.1 threes a game this season, on a shooting percentage of .425. Robertson averaged 16.2 points a game as well for the Tigers. 

Kimbal MacKenzie- Bucknell

If you like an underdog, Kimbal MacKenzie is your man. Mackenzie and the Bucknell Bisons have to play the third-seeded Michigan State Spartans to start the tournament off.

Mackenzie had to sit out the entire month of December due to injury, but when he came back he averaged over 10 points a game for the Bisons, hit a game-winning buzzer beater, and helped his team win the Patriot League.