West Region - Second Round
(26-7, 14-4 Big East)
What You Need To Know: The Bluejays own one of the most explosive offensive in the land, and their ability to move the ball to open shooters and convert will keep opponents scrambling. Defensively, Creighton is solid if unspectacular, but everyone moves their feet well and does a good job on the glass. Doug McDermott is the obvious star of the show, but he’s not alone. The likely Wooden Award winner is an incredible scorer who can hit shots from everywhere and forces opponents out of their comfort zone on defense. He can get to the line and is money with the game on the line, but he isn't a ballhog. He gets support from Ethan Wragge on the perimeter, and Austin Chatman can score and pass to provide balance. The offense effectively works outside-in, and it is effective with the top five scorers each shooting better than 40 percent from three-point range.
Strengths: Assists, Three Point Shooting, Shooting
Weaknesses: Steals, Blocked Shots, Turnovers
(23-11. 11-7 Sun Belt)
Lousiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns
What You Need To Know: The Ragin' Cajuns love to go-go-go at every opportunity, and few teams in the country are better at starting the fast break off of rebounds. Head coach Bob Marlin's team averages better than 80 points a game, and the Cajuns are led by a pair of athletic scorers in forward Shawn Long and guard Elfrid Payton. Payton is Mr. Everything for the Cajuns, leading the team in rebounding, assists and steals, and shooting better than 50 percent from the field. He also does a great job of getting to the line. Long owns a scoring average that is a tick better, averaging a double-double. At 6-9, 245 pounds, the sophomore is a presence in the paint, but he also shoots the three at nearly a 45 percent clip. Senior Bryant Mbamalu adds some depth to the scoring, and Xavian Rimmer is another solid perimeter shooter who makes his presence felt.
Strengths: Shooting Percentage, Scoring Margin, Steals
Weaknesses: Free Throw Shooting, Scoring Defense, Assist-Turnover Ratio