West Region - Second Round
(26-7, 12-6 Big Ten)
What You Need To Know: The Badgers might not always be pretty, but this year’s version can score and is far more explosive than past Bo Ryan squads. They lull teams to sleep by being patient on offense, and they boast a roster of players who can knock down open jumpers with the shot clock winding down. UW doesn't make many mistakes with the ball, and every player on the floor can drain three-pointers if defenders give them too much room. Sam Dekker is a strong forward who can get to the bucket but also has a bit of range, and like all Badgers, he can rebound. Big Frank Kaminsky is a stretch 4 who will pull opponents away from the rim, but he also can operate on the low block. Guards Traevon Jackson and Ben Brust are good passers and decent outside shooters who are tenacious on defense.
Strengths: Assist-Turnover Ratio, Free Throws, Three Point Shooting
Weaknesses: Steals, Assists, Blocked Shots
(20-12, 13-5 Patriot)
What You Need To Know: The Eagles won 20 games this year … How? American averaged 64.2 points a game, which ranks 316 out of 345 teams in Division I, and the team ranks 340th in the country in rebounding. The answer is two-fold. First, the Eagles play suffocating defense and never let teams get into a rhythm. Second, they are efficient with the ball and rank among the top shooting teams in the country. When it comes to putting points on the board, the Eagles are patient and feature a pair of quality distributors in Darius Gardner and Tony Wroblicky. Gardner is the prototypical point guard, but Wroblicky is a 6-10 center whose passing sets him apart. American's offense uses him as a hub, and he often finds sophomore guard Jesse Reed either slashing to the basket or open on the perimeter. Reed is one of three starters who shoot better than 50 percent from the floor.
Strengths: Scoring Defense, Interior Shooting, Three Point Shooting
Weaknesses: Turnover Margin, Scoring, Turnover Margin