Gonzaga’s GROWN MAN Drew Timme is reminding us all why this could be his tim(m)e. He was next-level, draining buckets in traffic, off the glass and in the paint for 25 points and 14 rebounds against Memphis. Andrew Nembhard and Chet Holmgren make this squad the favorite for the trophy.
Pac-12 POY Bennedict Mathurin and DPOY Christian Koloko have been ALL OVER the court this tourney for UA, combining for 93 points, 38 rebounds, 12 assists and eight blocks in the first two rounds of play. We love how this DOMINANT Pac-12 squad is playing.
Without two starters, Jayhawks guard Remy Martin has stepped up and DELIVERED. The 6-foot senior is averaging 17.5 points with four assists per game in the tourney, with just ONE total turnover. If Kansas is able to reach the championship game, it’ll be Martin who leads them there.
The Boilermakers are in their first Sweet 16 appearance since 2019, and the team with the No. 2 ranked adjusted efficiency is HUNGRY for a championship. In the Round of 32, Jaden Ivey (18 points) was a do-it-all, Zach Edey notched a double-double (11 points, 10 boards) and after foul trouble found him, Trevion Williams rallied off the bench and led all scorers (22 points).
Nova’s on a seven-game winning streak and peaking at the right time. The No. 8 offense has the best free-throw shooting percentage in the country AND is hitting 36% of its contested 3s in the NCAA tournament, good for the team’s top mark since the 2018 national title run. We are not sleeping on the Wildcats to go all the way.
The Bruins are complete on both ends and have experience reaching last year’s Final Four. In the Round of 32, Tyger Campbell boasted big-time defensive stops while leading the Bruins in scoring (14), and three other starters recorded at least 14 points.
With Johnny Juzang playing his best ball since a February ankle injury, UCLA looks like a threat.
Houston head coach Kelvin Sampson was a WHOLE MOOD when he ran into the locker room and ripped his shirt following the second-round dub. The 5-seed Cougars have gone 11-1 in their past 12 contests, and 10 of those wins have come by double digits. After losing top players Marcus Sasser and Tramon Mark to season-ending injuries at the beginning of 2022 the group has not faltered. This energy screams tourney champ.
Duke has seemingly the right balance of youth and talent. Projected top-five draft pick Paolo Banchero is the anchor to the Blue Devils’ gameplan, and when he excels, the team follows. Could he lead his squad all the way to the trophy?