Midwest Region - Second Round
(23-10, 11-7 Big 12)
What You Need To Know: The Longhorns live up to their name, using their length to rattle opponents on the defensive end and to control the glass. Forward Jonathan Holmes is a man in the paint, tough to stop when he sets up on the low block. He isn't afraid to battle with anyone inside, and he has the range to stretch the floor a bit as well. Guard Isaiah Taylor provides an outside presence and is a rudder for the Longhorns' offense. He's a solid passer who also is disruptive as a defender. Forward Cameron Ridley is a quality shot blocker who also hits the boards hard, and his strength allows him to power through contact. Texas can be streaky on offense, and when the O isn’t shooting well, there’s trouble.
Strengths: Rebounding, Blocked Shots, Field Goal Percentage Defense
Weaknesses: Steals, Three Point Shooting, Free Throws
(21-11, 10-8 Pac-12)
Arizona State Sun Devils
What You Need To Know: The picture of consistency this season, the Sun Devils can also be wickedly competitive when they play with intensity on both ends of the floor. They knocked off Marquette, Arizona and Stanford earlier this year, showing off the versatility to make them a tough out. Guard Jahaii Carson is great off the dribble, and he uses the threat of a step-back three-pointer to keep his opponents on their heels. He's quick, but he’s also is unselfish and can find teammates in the drive-and-kick game. Forward Jermaine Marshall can score inside and out, and he can get to the free-throw line almost at will. Forward Jordan Bachynski is a presence in the paint, but he can be a bit foul prone and makes some bad decisions. Focus is everything for Herb Sendek's squad, and his players need to bring it in the tournament to avoid being an early upset victim.
Strengths: Blocked Shots, Three Point Shooting, Scoring
Weaknesses: Rebounding, Steals, Free Throw Shooting