March Madness: Northwestern’s Ryan Langborg is just the second player to score at least 20 in the tourney for multiple teams

Northwestern’s Ryan Langborg took over in time beyond regulation because the No. 9 Wildcats took down No. 8 Florida Atlantic 77-65 in time beyond regulation on Friday.

Langborg scored 12 of Northwestern’s 19 factors within the additional interval because the Wildcats obtained the sport to time beyond regulation because of a Brooks Barnhizer layup with 9 seconds to go. Barnhizer’s bucket got here after Northwestern was scoreless for over 4 minutes after taking a 56-50 lead with 4:52 to go within the second half.

Langborg completed with a game-high 27 factors and have become simply the second participant in NCAA match historical past to attain at the least 20 factors for a number of groups within the NCAA match in keeping with CBS Sports activities analysis. A season in the past, Langborg had 22 factors in No. 15 Princeton’s second-round upset of No. 7 Missouri and 26 factors within the Tigers’ Candy 16 loss to Creighton.

Earlier than Langborg went 11-19 from the sphere on Friday, former Arizona State and Alabama participant Jamal Faulkner was the one participant to attain at the least 20 factors for 2 groups within the match. Faulkner scored 29 for Arizona State within the 1991 NCAA match earlier than he scored at the least 20 factors in back-to-back video games for Alabama within the 1994 NCAA match.

Given the present school athletics panorama, you’ll be able to anticipate the territory that Langborg and Faulkner occupy to get much less and fewer uncommon within the coming years. As gamers are allowed to switch with out sitting out a yr and might switch a number of instances because of authorized motion in opposition to the NCAA, it’s turning into increasingly more frequent for gamers to make match appearances for a number of faculties. Particularly for excellent gamers.

As school athletes can capitalize on their picture rights, it may be a extra profitable resolution for sure gamers to switch and maintain enjoying school basketball as a substitute of going professional. Many athletes in all completely different sorts of sports activities are making more cash enjoying sports activities throughout school than they’d professionally.

Langborg could have an opportunity to be the primary participant to attain at the least 20 factors in a number of video games for various groups on Sunday when Northwestern takes on the winner of No. 1 UConn and No. 16 Stetson.

Northwestern’s Ryan Langborg scored 27 within the Wildcats’ win over Florida Atlantic to start March Insanity. (AP Photograph/Frank Franklin II)

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