Previewing the West Region Sweet 16

A look around the West Region ...


What to watch: Baylor shut down Creighton’s Doug McDermott, holding him 12 points below his season average. Wisconsin has the shooters in Ben Brust and Josh Gasser to make Baylor’s zone ineffective.

Who to watch: Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky and Baylor’s Isaiah Austin are two big men who don’t mind floating on the perimeter to score. Bears forward Cory Jefferson, who has 30 points and 20 rebounds in the tournament, sets the tone for Baylor's frontcourt.

Why watch: Baylor’s 30-point win over Creighton was the largest margin of victory in the round of 32. The Badgers’ rally from down 12 against Oregon proved they are never out of a game.


What to watch: Both teams prefer a faster pace, so it could be one of the more entertaining games of the Sweet 16. San Diego State has won 120 consecutive games when leading with five minutes to play.

Who to watch: SDSU forward Dwayne Polee II, the Mountain West Sixth Man of the Year, did not play in the first meeting this season between these teams. Polee averaged 8.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game this season.

Why watch: Arizona is playing as well as any team left but is somehow flying under the radar. The Aztecs cut a 14-point deficit to three before ultimately losing 69-60 when these teams met Nov. 14.