East Region - Second Round
(27-6, 15-3 AAC)
What You Need To Know: The Bearcats are one of the best defensive teams in the country and boast wins over Memphis, Louisville, Connecticut and SMU. Senior guard Sean Kilpatrick is an electric scorer who can put a team on his back, helped by his ability to get to the free-throw line – his aggressive style takes its toll on opponents who lack depth up front. Justin Jackson is strong and tough to move off the low block with a nose for the ball. He also has a knack for swatting and altering shots, and his presence at the rim allows Cincy's guards to gamble a bit on the perimeter. Titus Rubles provides another quality forward who doesn't try to do too much on the floor but is smart enough to find teammates for open looks. The depth will keep the Bearcats fresh and wear down opponents.
Strengths: Scoring Defense, Steals, Field Goal Percentage D
Weaknesses: Scoring, Field Goal Percentage, Three-Point Shooting
(21-12, 11-5 Big South)
What You Need To Know: Like fun ‘n’ gun, up-and-down, high-octane hoops? Look elsewhere. Harvard slows the tempo to the crawl, but it works. The Crimson won't blow anyone away with their athleticism, but the balance in their starting lineup ranks as high as anyone in the tournament. All five starters average double figures in scoring, and everyone must be accounted for on each possession – there’s little wasted motion and everyone is a threat. Wesley Sanders is the top scorer, and he’s also the Crimson's best distributor doing a fantastic job with the drive-and-kick game. Siyani Chambers and Laurent Rivard can knock down the three, and they never panic on the floor playing a sharp, sound style that rarely leads to mistakes. Steve Moundou-Missi and Kyle Casey combine to control the glass, and both have good timing to block shots.
Strengths: Turnover Margin, Steals, Blocked Shots
Weaknesses: Scoring, Rebounding, Free Throw Shooting