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TOURNAMENT TIDBITS

NCAA Tournament | All 65 Team Capsules | Bracket

By Adam Stanco

basketballwriter@cs.com

 

Tournament Tidbits

Chew on this..

 

-- The possible second-round game between Florida and Arizona would feature up to eight players who could be in the NBA next season.

 

-- Texas A&M’s Acie Law IV will meet the Acie Law of the Ivy League, Penn’s Ibrahim Jaaber. Jaaber averages 15.9 ppg, 5.3 apg, 4.4 rpg, and 3.0 spg, while Law averages 17.9 ppg, 5.3 apg, 3.2 rpg, and 1.3 spg.

 

-- John Thompson III’s squad might be the hottest team in the country, but if Georgetown faces Boston College in the second round you can expect BC to feel surprisingly confident. That’s because the four key players in this potential match-up – Jared Dudley, Sean Marshall, Roy Hibbert, and Jeff Green – all played in the Big East game two seasons ago that the Eagles won 64-49. And in that game Dudley scored more points (13) than Hibbert (6) and Green (5) combined.

 

-- Gonzaga could play UCLA in the second round. Last year UCLA knocked the Zags out of the tournament in a game that will forever be remembered for bringing Adam Morrison to tears.

 

-- Winthrop has just four losses this year. But those losses were to a No. 1 seed (UNC), a No. 2 seed (Wisconsin), a No. 3 seed (Texas A&M) and a No. 4 seed (Maryland). Winthrop could potentially have an opportunity for redemption against Maryland and/or Wisconsin because all three are in the Midwest region.

 

-- If they both win their first round games, Southern Illinois and Illinois will play against each other. The two schools are exactly 200 miles apart, according to Mapquest.com.

 

-- The game between Marquette and Michigan State will feature the best point guard match-up in the first round of the tournament. Dominic James and Drew Neitzel were both First Team all-conference selections.

 

-- Everyone has talked about how there was no competition for Memphis in Conference USA. Part of the reason is the departure of Louisville to the Big East, but the Tigers should get the chance to play the Cardinals if Rick Pitino’s team can win two games.

 

-- UCLA coach Ben Howlnd could meet his former team, Pitt, in the Sweet 16, while former Florida coach Lon Kruger might get a chance to meet the Gators if his UNLV team reaches the Midwest final.

 

-- The first round match-up between Nevada and Creighton will showcase two of the brightest stars in the mid-major ranks. And both have N.F. for initials. Nate Funk of Creighton is an energetic mop-top with a killer stroke and Nick Fazekas is possibly the country’s best-known post player not named Greg Oden or Tyler Hansbrough.

 

-- USC plays Arkansas in the first round, a re-match of the first football game of the season for the two schools.

 

-- A season after Jeff Capel left Virginia Commonwealth to coach at Oklahoma, VCU is facing his alma mater, Duke, in the first round, while the Sooners will be home watching.

 

-- Two of the most underrated guards in the country will go head-to-head when Virginia takes on Albany. The eerie part is that Sean Singletary (18.9 ppg, 4.6 apg, 4.5 rpg, 1.2 spg), a first-team All-ACC selection, has virtually identical stats to Albany’s Jamar Wilson (18.6 ppg, 4.9 apg, 6.3 rpg, 1.3 spg).

 

-- The match-up between Maryland and Davidson could be called the “Lefty Driesell Game.” That’s because Driesell started his coaching career at Davidson and became a legend at Maryland. Actually it could also be called the “Famous Sons Game.” Terp guard D.J. Strawberry is former MLB star Darryl Strawberry’s son, while Davidson’s Stephen Curry is the son of former NBA sharpshooter Dell Curry.

    

 

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