South Region - Second Round
(26-8, 12-6 Pac-12)
What You Need To Know: The Bruins boast one of the best offenses in the country with the versatility to put up big numbers in bunches. They can play a number of different styles and tempos, and they’re efficient with the basketball. UCLA's quick hands create a lot of turnovers, and that helps lead to transition opportunities and easy baskets. With great perimeter shooting, they set up their drives to the basket, and Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson are both fantastic at breaking down opponents off the dribble and getting to the rim. Adams is more explosive in the open floor and a more disruptive defender, but Anderson is fearless and has great vision – he’s a threat to post a triple-double whenever he hits the court. Norman Powell, Bryce Alford and Zach LaVine provide quality depth, and the bench goes eight deep to keep fresh players on the court.
Strengths: Three Point Shooting, Free Throw Shooting, Turnover Margin
Weaknesses: Scoring Defense, Blocked Shots, Rebounding
(21-12, 13-3 C-USA)
Tulsa Golden Hurricane
What You Need To Know: The Golden Hurricane head into the NCAA Tournament on a roll, winners of 11 straight. They can play multiple styles and are tough when they turn up the defense, but they aren't explosive offensively. Depth is a positive as head coach Danny Manning -- yep, THAT Danny Manning -- goes nine deep, relying on guards James Woodard and Rashad Smith to get to the rim and draw fouls. Their quickness allows them to break down opponents off the dribble. Tulsa doesn't boast great size inside, but the team plays solid, fundamental defense that allows all five players to control the glass. Guard Shaquille Harrison provides a quality passer who thrives in transition.
Strengths: Field Goal Percentage Defense, Turnover Margin, Scoring
Weaknesses: Rebounding, Three Point Shooting, Free Throw Shooting