West Region - Second Round
(30-4, 15-3 Pac-12)
What You Need To Know: One of the top teams in the nation all season long, Sean Miller’s club learned to adjust the way it plays during the course of the year. Losing Brandon Ashley in midseason shook the Wildcats a bit, but they seem to have found their groove and are once again playing dominant basketball. Aaron Gordon gets the bulk of the attention thanks to his size and ability to control the game on both ends of the floor, and his explosiveness will be an issue for every one of Arizona's opponents. Guard Nick Johnson is the leading scorer, but he's a bit streaky and can play out of control at times. Kaleb Tarczewski and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson both are factors on the boards and provide solid offensive options when teams focus too much on Gordon and Johnson.
Strengths: Scoring Defense, Rebounding, Field Goal Percentage Defense
Weaknesses: Steals, Free Throw Shooting, Three Point Shooting
(19-11, 14-6 Big Sky)
Weber State Wildcats
What You Need To Know: The Wildcats were the best of the bunch in a rough-and-tumble Big Sky Conference. Head coach Randy Rahe relies on two players -- swingman Davion Berry and forward Joel Bolomboy -- to do the bulk of the damage. Bolomboy is a 6-9, 225-pound sophomore who’s a quality rebounder, developing some decent post moves over the year, but he's not a pure scorer. He’s a decent defender, using his length well inside. Berry is the scorer and passer who’s always attacking the basket and averaged just better than 19 points a game this season. Guard Jeremy Senglin and 6-10 center Kyle Tresnak give Berry support on offense, and Senglin can really stretch the defense with his perimeter shooting. Tresnak protects the rim well and can be dominant when he is aggressive.
Strengths: Three Point Shooting, Rebounding, Field Goal Shooting
Weaknesses: Steals, Turnover Margin, Scoring