South Region - Second Round
(27-6, 15-3 MW)
New Mexico Lobos
What You Need To Know: If you're looking for a sleeper in the NCAA Tournament, you've found it. After winning the Mountain West title, the Lobos have all the tools needed to make a deep run. They feature an athletic, slashing guard in Kendall Williams, a big, tough center in Alex Kirk and a wicked scorer in the halfcourt in Cameron Bairstow who can get teams in foul trouble and is relentless. Bairstow boasts an array of post moves that will confuse opposing bigs, but he also has a step-back jumper that is incredibly effective. Williams is a great passer and a solid defender who forces teams to guard the perimeter, and Kirk is a banger who cleans up the glass and won't back down from anyone. New Mexico isn't the most athletic team around and needs to play its style to win, but the Lobos are going to be a tough out.
Strengths: Assists, Assist-Turnover Ratio, Field Goal Percentage Defense
Weaknesses:Steals, Turnover Margin, Three Point Field Goal
(21-12, 10-8 Pac-12)
What You Need To Know: Stanford plays solid defense, while the offense has enough quality scorers to get by and does a good job of knocking down open shots. So why weren't the Cardinal more effective during the regular season? The team can get selfish during the course of games, things tended to fall apart quickly. Guard Chasson Randle is a creative scorer who can get to the rim and is a solid three-point shooter, and he's a decent defender. But he can also allow his offensive struggles to get the best of him if he's having an off-shooting night, and that's where Stanford's trouble starts. Forwards Dwight Powell and Josh Huestis provide good size inside and help control the glass, and Anthony Brown is the kind of versatile player who can hurt opponents who forget about him.
Strengths: Three Point Shooting Percentage, Blocked Shots, Field Goal Percentage
Weaknesses: Steals, Assists, Free Throw Shooting