#1 Kansas vs #16 Austin Peay- Kansas ranks 16th in points scored with 81.6 and Austin Peay gives up 76 per game.
Key Match Up: Austin Peay’s double-double machine Chris Horton vs. Kansas’ Perry Ellis
#8 Colorado vs. #9 Connecticut –A battle of great defenses; Connecticut 15th in points allowed 63.2 and Cincinnati even better at 62.9 ranked 10th.
Key Match Up: Big Man match up; Colorado’s Josh Scott and Connecticut’s Amidah Brimah
#5 Maryland vs #12 South Dakota State-Maryland is 11th in field goal % at 48.8 and South Dakota State is 79th in field goal % defense at 41.5%
Key Match Up: Maryland’s Melo Trimble vs. South Dakota State’s Deondre Parks
#4 California vs #13 Hawaii- Cal shoots 36.9% from three and Hawaii ranks 35th in defending it at 31.5%
Key Match Up: Cal’s freshman Ivan Rabb against Hawaii’s Stefan Jankovic
#6 Arizona vs. #11 Wichita State-The nation’s #1 defense Wichita State faces an Arizona team that scores 81.2 points per game.
Key Match Up: Arizona’s Ryan Anderson and Wichita State’s Ron Baker
#3 Miami vs. #14 Buffalo-rebounding; Buffalo is top 50 in rebounding (47th ) and Miami struggles on the boards ranking 249th
Key Match Up: Buffalo’s sophomore guard Lamonte Beard vs. Miami’s senior backcourt Angel Rodriguez and Sheldon McClellan.
#7 Iowa vs. #10 Temple-Iowa allows 68.7 points per game, the exact number Temple scores.
Key Match Up: Temple’s Quenton DeCosey vs. Iowa’s Mike Gesell
#2 Villanova vs. #15 UNC-Asheville-Who wins the turnover battle Villanova is 27th in turnover margin at 2.7 and UNC-Asheville is two spots lower with the same 2.7 mark.
Key Match Up: A guard match up: UNC-Asheville’s freshman Dwayne Sutton and Villanova’s Josh Hart.
#1 Oregon vs #16 Holy Cross-Oregon scores 78.8 points a game while Holy Cross’ plodding style gives them 65.3.
Key Match Up: Oregon’s Dillon Brooks vs Holy Cross’ Malachi Alexander
#8 Saint Joseph’s vs #9 Cincinnati-Saint Joseph’s score over 77 points per game but Cincinnati gives up a 10th best 62.9 per game.
Key Match Up: Cincinnati’s Gary Clark against Saint Joseph’s Isaiah Miles
#5 Baylor vs. #12 Yale- Yale is 49th in the country in three-point field percentage (37.4%) and Baylor ranks 289th in three-point field goal defense at 36.7%
Key Match Up: Yale’s Justin Sears vs Baylor’s Taurean Prince
#4 Duke vs #13 UNC-Wilmington-Both teams are high scoring with Duke at 81.5 points and UNCW at 79.2 but UNC-Wilmington is a top 90 (89th) team in field goal defense at 41.7% while Duke is 240th at 44.5%
Key Match Up: Duke’s Grayson Allen facing the Seahawks’ Chris Flemmings
#6 Texas vs #11 Northern Iowa-Northern Iowa is 11th in points allowed (62.9) and Texas is 211th in field goal percentage at 43.2%
Key Match Up: Northern Iowa’s Wes Washpun vs. Texas’ Isaiah Taylor
#3 Texas A&M vs #14 Green Bay-Texas A&M is 31st in points allowed (65.0) and Green Bay is 6th in the country in scoring (84.2)
Key Match Up: Backcourt battle; Green Bay’s Carrington Love, Jordan Fouse and Charles Cooper vs. the Aggies’ Dauel House and Jalen Jones.
#7 Oregon State vs #10 VCU-VCU is 9th in the country in steals at 8.8 per game and Oregon State commits 11.5 just 11.5 turnovers per game.
Key Match Up: Oregon State freshman Tres Tinkle vs VCU’s Mo-Alie Cox
#2 Oklahoma vs. #15 Cal-State Bakersfield-Oklahoma is 24th in the country in scoring at 80.4 points per game but Cal-State Bakersfield is 14th in points allowed at 63.2
Key Match Up: CSU Bakersfield’s Aly Ahmed taking on Oklahoma’s Ryan Spangler
#1 North Carolina vs. #16 Florida Gulf Coast-Both teams can rebound; North Carolina at 41.0 is 14th and Florida Gulf Coast pulls down 40.2 good for 2nd in the country.
Key Match Up: North Carolina’s Brice Johnson vs. Florida Gulf Coast’s Marc Eddy Norelia
#8 Texas Tech vs #9 Butler-Butler is 26th in three-point fg % at 38.7 and Texas Tech is 217th defending the 3 at 35.2%
Key Match Up: Sophomores; Texas Tech’s Zach Smith and Butler’s Kelan Martin
#5 Indiana vs #12 Chattanooga-Indiana scores over 80 points per game and Chattanooga is 168th in field goal defense at 43.4
Key Match Up: Chattanooga’s Casey Jones and Indiana’s Troy Williams
#4 Kentucky vs #13 Stony Brook-Both teams hold opponents to 40% shooting but Kentucky averages nearly 80 points per game.
Key Match Up: Kentucky’s Alex Poythress and Stony Brook’s Jameel Warney
#6 Notre Dame vs #11 Michigan- Notre Dame is 6th in turnovers per game (9.6) and Michigan is 7th (9.7) but the Irish are 339th in turnovers forced (9.72) and Michigan’s 11.94 is 242nd
Key Match Up: Notre Dame’s Matt Ryan and Michigan’s Duncan Robinson