Both teams looked good in the first two rounds easily advancing, and both have been solid teams all season.
Led the head-butting begin.
Charles Matthews, a standout defensive player for the Michigan Wolverines, highlighted this by talking about how they wanted to stop the Florida Gators in the Round of 32.
Both teams benefited from the errors by the officials in the game's final minute. The Ontario native won ACC Sixth Man of the Year honors and already has two 20-point games under his belt at the NCAA Tournament.
Gonzaga, which led the nation in scoring margin at 23.6, said it would be ready for a low-scoring game and have the patience not to become frustrated deal with Texas Tech's defense. The sophomore guard from Italy has hit double digits in each of the past nine games for Texas Tech and he's scary from distance, shooting 45 percent. "You're playing against National Basketball Association players, not a lot of one-dimensional guys either, guys that can do different things".
MI was stymied by Texas Tech on Thursday night, 63-44. But perhaps not one that did so with Texas Tech's length and athleticism.
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That, of course, is no surprise coming from KenPom's most efficient defense.
It was a tough way to cap an otherwise solid performance for the senior guard. "We had urgency. We knew they had great players that could shoot the ball pretty well".
A mirror image could play out across the country in Louisville, Kentucky. It took almost 12 minutes for the first 3 of the night to be made by Texas Tech, but once the Red Raiders did finally hit from distance, their offense began to find its rhythm.
"I go to the Final Four ever year", Beard said.
"We also schedule these type situations to put our guys in different situations, whether it be back-to-back or one-day preps or two-days".
So will guarding Edwards for the Cavaliers. MI experienced occasional offensive lulls this season, and this was one night the Wolverines couldn't afford to have their 3-point well run dry.
Overall, Gonzaga as a team has a free throw percentage of 76.1 and average 16.4 free throws per game.
If Virginia is to break its 35-year Final Four drought, it will have to at least slow Edwards. The Red Raiders have allowed opponents to make just 36.7 percent of their shots just season, the top mark in the country.