Not only does Fatts Russell have the best name of the 2018 NCAA Tournament, but he just helped carry Rhode Island to a First Round Tournament victory over Oklahoma.
The Rams knocked off the struggling Sooners 83-78 to advance to the Second Round for the second year in a row.
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Russell, whose birthname is Daron, is a 5-10 freshman weighing in at 165 pounds.
Why is he nicknamed “Fatts”? His mother nicknamed him that as a young child because he was a ‘chubby baby’.
THIS is why Fatts Russell was called Fatts as a baby. 😂 pic.twitter.com/Rzb3xtDPnf— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) March 15, 2018
Against the Sooners, Russell came off of the bench to score 15 points and three three-pointers in their First Round win. Not only that, he had the most important job against Oklahoma: cover the talented Trae Young.
In the second half Russell almost exclusively covered the sure-to-be All-American. Young did not even score a point until the final 10 minutes of the half. Although Young tried to will the Sooners back with 18 points in the final half and overtime, it was not enough.
Russell would hit two free throws to clinch the win for Rhode Island. He has been an integral part of Rhode Island’s dominant season in the Atlantic 10 coming off the bench with 18 minutes a game.