South Region - Second Round
(23-11, 10-8 Pac-12)
What You Need To Know: The Buffs have just enough talent to challenge anybody in the country, and they’re just enough inconsistent enough to be a bit of a mystery. Are they the team that beat Kansas earlier this year, or are they the listless bunch that got hammered at home vs. Arizona and then went on the road to get spanked at Utah? Head coach Tad Boyle has sometimes struggled to motivate his club, but if everyone is focused, this could be a dangerous sleeper. Forward Josh Scott is a load inside at 6-10, and his long arms allow him to get to loose balls on the glass and alter shots in the paint. He's also a skilled offensive player who can wear opponents down on the low block. Askia Booker provides the outside balance for Colorado, combining an ability to get to the rim with good vision in transition. He's not much of a threat from the outside, however, and can take bad shots. A lack of quality depth is an issue.
Strengths: Rebounding, Scoring Defense, Free Throw Shooting
Weaknesses: Three Point Shooting, Assist-Turnover Ratio, Three Point Shooting
(25-9, 11-7 ACC)
What You Need To Know: The Panthers have a solid defensive team, but they’ve been worn down as the season has progressed, running into some offensive brownouts at times. Forward Lamar Patterson is a quality scorer who knows how to get to the free-throw line, and his ability to slash opens the floor for Pitt's shooters. Patterson can find his outside guys in the drive-and-kick game, and James Robinson can knock down the open look, but now he needs to be more consistent in the tournament. Talib Zanna is a presence inside at 6-9, 230 pounds, and he’s tough to contain when he gets the ball on the low block. 6-4 guard Cameron Wright does a little bit of everything on the floor, highlighted by his ability as a quality defender.
Strengths: Rebounding, Assists, Assist-Turnover Ratio
Weaknesses: Three Point Shooting, Blocked Shots, Free Throws