No. 11 seed Xavier (23-13) vs. No. 2 seed Ari­zona (32-4)

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

Bot­tom line: Xavier is the lone dou­ble-digit seed left in a Sweet 16 filled with power pro­grams. The Mus­ke­teers pulled off a pair of up­sets to reach the re­gional semi­fi­nals, beat­ing No. 6 seed Mary­land and No. 3 Florida State the first week­end of the tour­na­ment. To get to the next round, Xavier will have to beat one of the hottest teams in the bracket. Ari­zona earned a share of the Pac-12 reg­u­lar-sea­son ti­tle, won the Pac-12 Tour­na­ment, then beat North Dakota and Saint Mary’s in the NCAA Tour­na­ment. Miller and Mack: Ari­zona coach Sean Miller and Xavier’s Chris Mack will be fac­ing each other in re­gional semi­fi­nals for the sec­ond time in three years. The two are close; Mack was an as­sis­tant un­der Miller and was el­e­vated to the head job when he left for Ari­zona. Keep an eye on: Xavier’s Trevon Blui­ett and Ari­zona’s Lauri Markka­nen. Blui­ett strug­gled with in­juries dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son, but has rounded back into form at the right time, lead­ing the Mus­ke­teers into the re­gional semi­fi­nals de­spite a sea­son-end­ing in­jury to point guard Ed­mond Sum­ner in late Jan­uary. Markka­nen is a dif­fi­cult matchup for any team, a 7foot fresh­man play­ing with the skills of a guard and can shoot from inside or out.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.