NCAA Tournament First Round: #4 Syracuse Vs. #13 Montana
This one is absolutely no contest. Jim Boeheim has reached three Final Fours and won a national championship (2003). He will bring his top-of-the-line acumen to the ACC next year, but for now, it’s to the big dance on behalf of the Big East.
NCAA Tournament First Round: #8 UNC Vs. #9 Villanova
Roy Williams has led Kansas and North Carolina teams to seven Final Fours and won two NCAA championships. His résumé is as strong as any coach in college basketball today.
NCAA Tournament First Round: #6 UCLA Vs. #11 Minnesota
Ben Howland has a distinguished career, highlighted by three trips to the Final Four, but his status is up in the air at UCLA, as athletic director Dan Guerrero has given him no public assurances.
NCAA Tournament First Round: #7 Notre Dame Vs. #10 Iowa State
Mike Brey has been the savior of Notre Dame hoops ever since he jumped on board in 2000, guiding the Irish to the tourney in six of the past seven seasons.
Grudge Match: Arkansas At #5 Florida
Mike Anderson is in his second year at Arkansas and has already won more conference games (seven) than he did last season. A win over Georgia tonight would give the Razorbacks three straight wins heading into this huge showdown with Florida.
Tale Of The Tape: Seton Hall At #10 Louisville
It’s been a rough year for Kevin Willard, whose team is 2-12 in the Big East and has dropped 11 of its last 12 games.