International players dot rosters across NCAA Tournament

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Gonzaga’s Zach Norvell Jr. (23) and Rui Hachimura (21) celebrate a score against Baylor during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

This year’s NCAA Tournament has a decidedly international flavor.

Of the 1,036 players in this year’s bracket, 117 list their home countries as someplace other than the United States, according to data calculated by Hero Sports.

Canada has the most international players with 23 and Australia is next with 14. Seventeen other countries have at least two players, including seven from African nations.

The Sweet 16 has 28 international players on its rosters. Virginia leads the way with five and Gonzaga has four, including Japanese big man Rui Hachimura and French forward Killian Tillie.

Duke leading scorer R.J. Barrett is from Canada and Oregon senior guard Ehab Amin is the only Egyptian in the bracket.

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