Daily Word: Who's headed to Arlington?
Every day, Andy Katz leads a panel of our college hoops experts in a discussion of the biggest issues, trends and themes happening in and around college basketball.
1. Dayton has slayed a Big Ten team (Ohio State), an ACC team (Syracuse) and a Pac-12 team (Stanford). Do you give the Flyers any chance against the SEC champion and overall No. 1 Florida?
Andy Katz: Yes. But the Flyers must handle the swings of the game better than they have to this point. Stopping Scottie Wilbekin's penetration and rebounding with Patric Young is a must. Dayton cannot turn the ball over for run outs.
C.L. Brown: This is the Gators' fourth straight Elite Eight appearance. They came up short the previous three seasons, which is why I think Dayton has almost no chance of winning. Florida's too hungry and the Flyers are too happy just to be here.
Eamonn Brennan: I'd love to give Dayton a chance. They've been a lot of fun. But no. CL's right. The Gators are incredible even when they're not locked in. Tonight, they'll be locked in.
Katz: The Badgers need to watch the backdoor lobs and must get back on defense in transition. Arizona is at its best when it can beat you to the other end of the floor in transition. The Badgers will score against Arizona, but it's a surprisingly insecure Wisconsin defense that is the biggest concern.
Brown: Nick Johnson just basically had his worst shooting performance of the season. The chances of that happening twice in a row are about as slim as Dayton beating Florida. And when Johnson plays well, the Wildcats play well.
Brennan: Scoring in general. Arizona's defense is so good and so athletic. It's one thing to shot fake Baylor into oblivion. It's another to get Aaron Gordon to bite.
3. At night's end, which two teams will be headed to the Final Four?
Katz: I will stick with my original picks of Florida and Arizona. But I am less secure about the Wildcats. The Badgers have the pieces to win the title.
Brown: I would like to stray from chalk, but Florida and Arizona have consistently played well all season, I just don't see this being the day that changes.
Brennan: Florida and Arizona.
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Pundits doubted Wisconsin's ability to break down Baylor's zone, but Frank Kaminsky and the Badgers used their length to find the creases and also knocked down six 3-pointers while using their own defense to limit the Bears to 31.6 percent shooting.
Arizona presents a different set of defensive challenges as the Wildcats play man-to-man defense and hold opponents to 38 percent shooting, the fourth-best mark in the nation.
Games To Watch
Here we have a true David vs. Goliath matchup in Memphis as the highest seed left in the tournament takes on the No. 1 overall seed in Florida, a senior-laden team that hasn't lost since Dec. 2.
Arizona trailed San Diego State at the half on Thursday but overcame the deficit by using its superior size to pound the ball in the paint and outscore the Aztecs 16-10 in the paint in the game's final 20 minutes.