The Sweet 16 is finally here! Here’s are the games we have today.
Syracuse vs. Wisconsin
Wisconsin has had great defense all year. They hold opponents to 59.2 points per game. The Badgers hold opponents to 38.5 percent from the floor and 28.8 percent from 3-point range. They have a bit of a weak offense and the team is limited athletically. Syracuse can definitely give these guys a run for their money.
Wisconsin players to watch: Jordan Taylor- 14.7 ppg, 4 apg, 3.8 rpg; Ryan Evans- 11.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.7 apg; Jared Berggren- 10.3 ppg, 5 rpg, 35.6% 3s.
Syracuse have been doing well without their center, Fab Melo, who was suspended for the remainder of the season. The Orange average 9.4 steals per game. They have been playing a smaller offense with Melo out and it seems to be working for them. Syracuse gets out rebounded and has had trouble on defense with Melo out.
Syracuse players to watch: Kris Joseph- 13.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.3 spg; Dion Waiters- 12.7 ppg, 2.5 apg, 1.9 sp; Scoop Jardine- 8.6 ppg, 4.9 apg, 1.4 spg.
Marquette vs. Florida You can see a full preview on my site, The Gold Rush.
Michigan St. vs Louisville
Michigan St. shoots 48.2 percent from the field. They are a very good rebounding team and out rebound opponents. The Spartans hardly allow opponents to get an offensive rebound and rebound 37 percent of their own missed shots.
Michigan St. players to watch: Draymond Green- 16.3 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 3.8 apg; Derrick Nix- 8.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 55.9% FG; Keith Appling- 11.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.2 spg.
Louisville plays a very tough defense. The Cardinals hold opponents to 61.1 points, 37.9 percent from the floor and 30.2 from the 3-point line. They do struggle with scoring, shooting 2.5 percent from the floor, 31.3 from 3-point range and 68.7 from the foul line. Louisville turns the ball over 14.4 times per game.
Louisville players to watch: Peyton Siva- 9.2 ppg, 5.5 apg, 1.8 spg; Gorgui Dieng- 9.3 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 3.1 bpg; Russ Smith- 11.4 ppg, 2.3 spg, 1.9 apg.
Cincinnati vs. Ohio State
Ohio State averages 74.8 points per game and shoots 48.2 percent from 3-point range. The Buckeyes are a great rebounding team as well. There is no depth to their team so foul trouble could be a concern.
Ohio State players to watch: Jared Sullinger- 17.4 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 53% FG; Deshaun Thomas- 15.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 53.2% FG; Aaron Craft- 8.8 ppg, 4.7 apg, 2.4 spg.
Cincinnati is a great defensive team especially from the perimeter. The Bearcats hold opponents to just 31.9 percent shooting from behind the 3-point line. They are limited offensively though. They shoot just 42 percent from the field, 33.9 from behind the 3-point arc and 64.4 from the foul line.
Cincinnati players to watch: Sean Kilpatrick- 14.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.2 apg; Yancy Gates- 12.4 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 47.6% FG; Jaquon Parker- 9.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.1 apg.
Read a complete preview in The Poisonous Nuthouse.