Duke beat Davidson by 35; Michigan beat Duke by eight. Ergo the Wolverines will beat the Wildcats in Round 1 by....
Coach Steve Lavin
Team scoring 84.2 (FG%: 49.8) (3-pointers: 152-438, 34.7%)
Opponents' scoring 80.5 (FG%: 46.3)
Rebound margin +0.9
Team FT% 66.3
Whom not to foul Kris Johnson (84%), Toby Bailey (73%)
Whom to foul Travis Reed (27%), J.R. Henderson (65%)
Quality wins New Mexico 69-58, Illinois 74-69
Player to Watch
Just how crucial to the Bruins' success is Henderson, UCLA's leading scorer (19.2) and rebounder (79)? When the Bruins faced Duke on Feb. 22, Henderson was hampered by foul trouble and played a season-low 18 minutes. UCLA gave up a school-record 15 three-pointers and lost 120-84. It was the fifth worst defeat in school history—Lavin already has three of those five—and the most points ever scored on UCLA.
The Bruins limped to the end of the regular season, losing three of their last five games after junior center Jelani McCoy quit the team on Feb. 15. His departure left UCLA with five players who averaged 32.6 minutes a game and with virtually no bench. Freshman guard Baron Davis, who led the Bruins in assists (159) and steals (73), must now play more conservatively: He's fouled out of nine games so far this year.
A year ago the Bruins reacted well to a perils-of-Pauley season; this year the strain will show with a second-round exit.
Coach Leonard Hamilton
Team scoring 70-4 (FG%: 44.3) (3-pointers: 108-380, 28.4%)
Opponents' scoring 65.6 (FG%: 37-7)
Rebound margin +1.0
Team FT% 66.5
Whom not to foul Kevin Norris (81%), Johnny Hemsley (80%)
Whom to foul Mario Bland (60%), Elton Tyler (62%)
Quality wins Connecticut 76-67, West Virginia 70-66
Player to Watch
Miami native Tim James led the Hurricanes with a near double-double average (16.9 points, 9.5 rebounds) He has the size (6'7", 220) and athletic skills (two-time Big East high jump champion) to be a small forward in the NBA, but Miami needs him to play inside, so his jumper is undeveloped and his passing is Yinka Dare-esque. He had 12 assists this season, or one for every 30.8 shots.