Tale of the tape
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.
‘Catholic 7′ Showdown: #15 Marquette Vs. St. John’s
Buzz Williams’ team survived against Rutgers on Tuesday night to lock up a double-bye in the Big East Tournament. Marquette has won three in a row and primed to make another Sweet 16 run.
Midwest Shootout: #9 Kansas State Vs. #13 Oklahoma State
In his first year in Manhattan, Bruce Weber has the Wildcats quietly in the top 10. Winners of six straight, this will be their toughest test since their loss at Kansas a month ago.
Luck Of The Irish? #24 Notre Dame Vs. #8 Louisville
Mike Brey and the Irish bounced back from a loss to Marquette last weekend by crushing St. John’s, shooting 68 percent in the second half and winning 66-40. Notre Dame wants to remain in the upper tier of the Big East to get the double-bye in the tournament.