East Region - Second Round
(28-6, 16-2 ACC)
What You Need To Know: The Cavaliers were the surprise winners of the ACC this season, getting the job done with defense. Tony Bennett's team led the country in points allowed, giving up just 55.4 points a game during the regular season on the way to scoring wins over North Carolina, SMU, Pitt and Syracuse, dominating the Orange from start to finish. The duo of Malcolm Brogdon and Joe Harris do a great job of controlling the tempo, rarely allowing opponents to dictate what happens on the floor. Both can knock down the open jumper, and they bring good vision to the court. Akil Mitchell gives Virginia an inside presence as part of a deep team that works in waves – the depth keeps fresh bodies on the floor at all times.
Strengths: Scoring Defense, Field Goal Percentage Defense, Rebounding
Weaknesses: Free Throw Shooting, Steals, Scoring
(21-12, 11-5 Big South)
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
What You Need To Know: The Chanticleers dominated the glass this season, ranking 12th in the country with 39.6 rebounds a game thanks to their good size for a mid-major squad. Five players stand 6-7 or taller, and two top out at 6-10. That said, the bulk of the scoring comes from the big three of Elijah Wilson, Warren Gillis and Josh Cameron, three guys who score inside and out and force opponents to scramble on defense. Gillis is a quality passer who can pick teams apart, and Cameron does a great job of finding slashers through the paint. El Hadji Ndieguene is a rim protector, and Badou Diagne can work inside or outside to stretch the defense.
Strengths: Rebounding, Field Goal Percentage Defense, Scoring Defense
Weaknesses: Assist-Turnover Ratio, Three Point Shooting, Blocked Shots