Josh Hart crashes into Villanova band during NCAA Tournament win

  • Josh Hart crashes into Villanova band during NCAA Tournament win

Josh Hart crashes into Villanova band during NCAA Tournament win

Sean Miller's Wildcats are rolling into tournament play fresh off an upset Pac-12 Title, and are finally at full strength. "We're really close to where we need to be, but at the same time, we discover something new that we have to do every game".

Villanova comes into the tournament not only as the overall No. 1 seed but as defending champion. Keep in mind that Bob Huggins is the only coach in the West region to have made a Final Four appearance before. The biggest of those bodies is Karnowski, a 7-footer who has about 50 pounds on Daum.

For the point guard, the decision to opt out of the play was because he didn't want to push it, but he insists he was able to sprint back on defense if the game had required it.

Trimble and Bluiett (pictured) have their names in some pretty exclusive company: Trimble is on both the Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy national player of the year watch lists, and he's a candidate for the Bob Cousy Award as the nation's top point guard; Bluiett began the season on the Wooden watch list and is still up for the Julius Erving Award as the nation's top small forward. "And I mean pain forces you to grow, with Coach being out, with guys being injured. It's my job to make sure that.we're more disciplined than we were".

Semi Ojeleye had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Sterling Brown had 17 points for SMU (30-5), which had won 16 straight. He dropped 40 on cross-town rival Cincinnati earlier this season, shooting 12-of-15 from the field and 9-of-11 from three-point range. Michigan State is 8-1 SU and ATS in its last nine after losing the previous game in a matchup.

Marshall's college career has been an up-and-down-and-back-up saga.

Morris, meanwhile, has been as consistent as it gets throughout his college career. The athletic St. Louis native averages 16 points, and 7.3 boards. He has committed only 35 turnovers in Iowa State's 33 games, and has four points-assists double-doubles this season.

The 6-foot-3 junior also came through with a pair of free throws with 18.3 seconds left following a whistle in which officials reviewed Desi Rodriguez's foul to stop the clock and changed it to a flagrant foul.

Evans is a future National Basketball Association first-round pick whose game conjures images of savvy floor generals like Chris Paul and Tony Parker, although he's only a sophomore. This NCAA Tournament may be the biggest stage the senior plays on for the rest of his career. The story line around the tournament a year ago was that the Tar Heels needed to win immediately because sanctions were on their way.

This matchup features the massive frontcourt of Purdue led by Caleb "Biggie" Swanigan and Isaac Haas versus Iowa State's quick backcourt led by Monte Morris and Nazareth Mitrou-Long. The Flashes have made the tournament mostly due to their defensive style of play, but it is a big question how they will coup with the nation's best offensive unit? The early games include third-seeded Baylor against 14th-seeded New Mexico State, eighth-seeded Arkansas against ninth-seeded Seton Hall and third-seeded OR against 14th-seed Iona. Many people say Kennard is Duke's best player, but it's the two of them combined with Allen that makes this team risky.

These two aren't the only good players on the court. It bothers you that you're not at least bothering him. All three in-state teams play at the same time Thursday. (Sorry to my Sun Belt brethren).

Allen's season was looking like a disaster for a while.

Being a First Four team is not always a bad way to start. They will certainly have much to prove and live up to the expectations, especially after being put to ground by Arizona in the semifinals of the Pac 12 conference tournament.

Probably the most exciting side of the bracket will be the South Region with the Kentucky Wildcats, North Carolina Tar Heels and the UCLA possibly clashing in the Final Eight. They're in the East region as a two-seed with Villanova being the one-seed.