Midwest Region - Second Round
(25-8, 15-3 Big Ten)
What You Need To Know: The Big Ten champs are experienced and play like they’re hungry, featuring athleticism all across the lineup and an electric scorer in Nik Stauskas who can take over games with his versatility. He is a wicked three-point shooter, draining better than 45 percent of his attempts, but he also can get to the line and is quicker than he gets credit for off the dribble. Caris LeVert provides another quality three-point shooter, and he's a good defender who is disruptive when UM shifts to a zone attack. Glenn Robinson III and Derek Walton, Jr., both have the potential to light up the scoreboard and are tenacious on defense when they stay focused. Michigan isn't blessed with great depth, and Stauskas can be controlled when teams play physical defense.
Strengths: Assist-Turnover Ratio, Free Throws, Three Point Shooting
Weaknesses: Blocked Shots, Steals, Interior Defense
(20-12, 11-5 Southern)
What You Need To Know: The Terriers honed their toughness by playing the likes of Georgia, Minnesota, Saint Louis and VCU during the non-conference season, and they used the lessons learned in those games to improve their defense, giving up just 62.4 points a game while creating plenty of turnovers that lead to easy baskets. Junior guard Karl Cochran is the Terriers' leader on both ends of the court. He's a fine scorer who puts up 15.7 points a night, able to score inside and out. Despite being just 6-1, he’s also quality rebounder, and his vision allows him to find his teammates in the open floor. Guard Spencer Collins and forward Lee Skinner bring balance to the floor, and Skinner hits the boards hard. He's a double-double threat with his quickness on the glass. Depth is an issue for Wofford.
Strengths: Turnover Margin, Scoring Defense, Three Point Shooting
Weaknesses: Scoring, Blocked Shots, Free Throw Shooting