Posted by Jeff Borzello
Where to start? The San Antonio regional has been dominated by upsets, with five lower-seeded teams advancing to the round of 32 and three double-digit seeds still alive in the Sweet 16. In fact, top-seeded Kansas almost seems like the outcast in a foursome that features the lowest seed remaining in the field and two of the last 10 at-large teams invited on Selection Sunday. The Jayhawks are obviously the heavy favorite, but it’s tough to bet against three teams playing with house money right now.Three storylines dominating San Antonio
1. Cinderella reigns supreme, with three double-digit seeds still alive.
2. Kansas is the favorite, but not the most impressive team so far.
3. Florida State is rolling despite Chris Singleton being a non-factor due to injury.
How they get to Houston
No. 1 Kansas: Don’t get overconfident. The Jayhawks are clearly the favorite in the Southwest regional, with more talent and depth than any of the other three teams remaining. They have dominant inside players with Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris, perimeter shooters in Tyrel Reed and Brady Morningstar and a playmaker with Tyshawn Taylor. They are also one of the best defensive teams in the country. If Kansas plays to its potential, it should not be tested until the Final Four.
No. 10 Florida State: Defense, defense, defense. The Seminoles are the most efficient defensive team in the country, allowing only 0.86 points per possession. They completely stifled Texas A&M in the second round, then held a high-powered Notre Dame group to 50 points on 31 percent shooting. Florida State is physical and athletic, overcoming a lack of offensive explosiveness with lockdown half-court defense. If Chris Singleton can get healthy, this team can play with anyone.
No. 11 VCU: Pressure in the halfcourt. The Rams pressure the ball as well as anyone in the country, creating turnovers and forcing difficult shots in a half-court setting. USC, Georgetown and Purdue shot a combined 14-for-60 from the 3-point line against VCU in the NCAA tournament, also turning the ball over 39 times in three games. The Rams have been able to overcome their lack of size inside by creating match-up problems at the offensive end.
No. 12 Richmond: Create match-up problems. Richmond won its two NCAA tournament games in different ways. The one constant was taking advantage of individual match-ups. In the round of 64, Richmond used Kevin Anderson constantly down the stretch and also put Justin Harper in areas where he could score. Against Morehead State, Harper and Dan Geriot forced the Eagles to bring their big men out to the perimeter. What can the Spiders do against Kansas?San Antonio's five best players
1. The Morrii, Kansas: Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris form one of the nation’s top inside tandems. Marcus is better facing up, while Markieff is a load down low.
2. Justin Harper, Richmond: Harper is a legitimate NBA prospect and match-up nightmare with his inside-outside talents.
3. Jamie Skeen, VCU: Skeen has more than held his own against USC, Georgetown and Purdue. Averaging 17.6 points in his last eight games.
4. Kevin Anderson, Richmond: One of the best point guards left in the field, Anderson is averaging 20.4 points in his last eight games.
5. Chris Singleton, Florida State: A healthy Singleton could be the difference between the Seminoles reaching the Final Four or losing on Friday.
The Kansas Jayhawks are clearly the favorite in the Southwest regional heading into the Sweet 16. The other three teams still alive are nowhere near the Jayhawks in terms of talent and depth, and Kansas is capable of blowing out each opponent. The Jayhawks have not been at their best in the first two rounds, but were still able to win handily. Better starts in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight will end any doubt very quickly as to which team is the best in the region. Bill Self and co. march on.Photo: US Presswire
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