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He scored 16 Friday as Texas Tech beat a second-seeded Purdue team that had to play without star center Isaac Haas elbow. Afterward, Red Raiders coach Chris Beard had some fun with the historic moment for his program.
And Texas Tech will face elite competition. Villanova won a national title two years ago and spent much of this season at No. Or maybe just Kyle Lowry.
Friday, he scored 27 in a back-and-forth affair against West Virginia that Villanova finally broke open and won 90— Once the matchup was set, everyone wanted to stroll down memory lane. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was asked specifically about playing Kansas for the national title in That was when Grant Hill slammed home one of the greatest alley-oops in college basketball history and Krzyzewski collected the first of his five national titles.
Krzyzewski will need to concentrate on this matchup, because Kansas has the pieces to poke a few holes in the 2—3 zone Duke has employed for much of this season. Sophomore seven-footer Udoka Azubuike, meanwhile, can overpower opponents inside. But the Jayhawks will have to hope Azubuike stays out of foul trouble. Allen would like to win national titles in his first and last seasons, but first he must reach the Final Four.
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The Spartans are the third seed in the Midwest Region. Michigan State has a bad taste in their mouth from the loss to Michigan in the Big Ten tournament.
The problem will be — will they be a bit rusty when they take on Bucknell? The Bison are talented. The Wolverines are the three seed in the West Region and one of three teams in the Top 6 from the Big Ten according to odds.
The Wolverines are another team hoping to avoid being rusty. Houston or San Diego State await the second round, and a likely battle in Los Angeles against North Carolina makes things interesting for the Wolverines. The Boilermakers are sitting quietly at the bottom of the East Region. The Big Ten against the Big That will be an interesting battle if it comes to fruition. There is no one hotter than the Arizona Wildcats right now. Sean Miller seems to have his guys over the distractions and ready to play basketball.
The Wildcats will not have it easy as they will likely see Kentucky and Virginia in back to back games to even get to the Elite 8. If Arizona plays up to their talent — there is no one better. Bill Self and his Jayhawks are the top seed in a loaded region. The good news — the Jayhawks would only face one of the two either Michigan State or Duke.
This is set up for an Elite 8 opportunity at the worst for the Jayhawks. The Tar Heels are looking for their third straight trip to the Final Four. Roy Williams and his Tar Heels lost to Virginia in the conference title game, but appear to be playing solid basketball.
It looks appealing for the Tar Heels to get to San Antonio.