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Isaiah Canaan

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#3 G, Junior, Murray State Racers:

There is one team that can claim they beat everyone they faced this season heading into March Madness.

It's not Kentucky, and it's not Syracuse. Kansas, UNC and Duke – all of them had great seasons, but they didn't earn that distinction either.

Murray State (6) vs. Colorado State (11) - Thursday, Louisville, KY

Only Murray State can make the claim. The Racers took revenge against the only team they lost to when they beat Tennessee State in the Ohio Valley Conference Championship to earn an automatic bid to the Dance.

With a record of 30-1, the team pulled off one of the greatest years in school history and earned a top-10 ranking. A good portion of their success is due to Isaiah Canaan, who the Sporting News named a first-team All-American.

The 6'0" 193-pound point guard posted impressive numbers across the stat sheet. His 19.2 points per game were earned on 48 percent shooting and an 84 percent free throw percentage.

He shot nearly as well from behind the 3-point arc, ranking 11th in the NCAA in three pointers made, and averaged 3.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game.

The numbers confirm what teams that faced him already knew: he can beat you on offense and defense in a variety of ways.

Murray State's OVC competition has not been on par with the other teams in the top 25, but they got victories against tournament teams Memphis, Southern Miss and St. Mary's. And they had some recent success in the NCAA tourney, knocking off Vanderbilt in 2010 as a 13 seed.

Canaan, a freshman at the time, got a taste of the national spotlight then. As the top player on a top team, look for him to further prove his abilities against some of the Big 6 schools.

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