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SportNCAA tournament Sweet 16 keys to victory: Which team has coaching edge in every matchup?

23:50  27 march  2019
23:50  27 march  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Tom Izzo displeased with Michigan State's placement in NCAA Tournament

Tom Izzo displeased with Michigan State's placement in NCAA Tournament Tom Izzo expressed his frustration with the NCAA Tournament selection committee after his team was slotted into the same region as Duke

SportsPulse: We have our Sweet 16 and it's loaded. USA TODAY's Scott Gleeson gives each team a reason to feel like they can win (or lose) it all. Here's a look at keys to victory and which coach has the edge in each NCAA tournament Sweet 16 matchup Thursday and Friday.

Pick the Sweet Sixteen for a chance at ,000! Senior bad boy guard Grayson Allen has a knack for finding Are you the type of person at every party who just knows Here's a look at keys to victory and which coach has the edge in each NCAA tournament Sweet 16 matchup Thursday and Friday.

Here's a look at keys to victory and which coach has the edge in each NCAA tournament Sweet 16 matchup Thursday and Friday.

No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 4 Florida State (Thursday, 7:09 p.m. ET, CBS). Gonzaga's Mark Few has long been one of the best offensive coaches, and his team leads the country with 89 points per game. But defensively he's underrated, with Gonzaga ranked sixth in field goal percentage defense (39 percent). FSU coach Leonard Hamilton will have to figure out a way to use his team's size and athleticism to its advantage, all while trying to guard a Gonzaga team that's mastered positionless basketball. FSU was able to hold the best remaining three-point shooting team in this tournament, Virginia, to 20 percent in an ACC tournament upset win. It will take a similar recipe to advance on Thursday. ► Coaching edge: Few.

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NCAA tournament Sweet 16 keys to victory: Which team has coaching edge in every matchup?© Maddie Meyer, Getty Images Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton has his team poised to go further than the Sweet 16.

No. 2 Tennessee vs. No. 3 Purdue (Thursday, 7:29 p.m. ET, TBS). Rick Barnes' team has not played well, with Tennessee struggling to put away No. 15 seed Colgate and blowing a 25-point lead against No. 9 Iowa. Meanwhile, Purdue coach Matt Painter's team has played more like a No. 2 seed than a No. 3, crushing Villanova in the second round. For Barnes, containing Carsen Edwards will be key as his Vols try to rekindle an A-game that helped them look like a title contender when they beat Kentucky in the SEC tournament. Look for Painter to focus his scouting report on Grant Williams. ► Coaching edge: Barnes.

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The bracket has been released, and you need to decide which team will win the national championship. Gain an edge by letting history be Eric Musselman's squad had a shot at the Elite Eight after amassing a significant lead over Loyola Chicago in the Sweet 16 last season before its

Eight fascinating Sweet 16 matchups are lined up for Thursday and Friday, and none of them, as of Wednesday morning, had Vegas spreads bigger than six But the actual matchup is fantastic, too. North Carolina is an up -tempo team that crashes the offensive glass, with All-American big man Brice

No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 Texas Tech (Thursday, 9:39 p.m. ET, CBS). Red Raiders coach Chris Beard has his team locked in on defense, entering the Sweet 16 with the No. 1-rated defensive efficiency rating, per KenPom. Texas Tech will put that up against a Michigan defense that's on par with coach John Beilein's last two teams to reach the Sweet 16, including last year's national runner-up. But don't expect a lack of offense. All-American guard Jarrett Culver picked Big 12's best defenses apart, while the Wolverines' offensive flurries come by committee, with Charles Matthews and Ignas Brazdeikis the top options. ► Coaching edge: Beilein

NCAA tournament Sweet 16 keys to victory: Which team has coaching edge in every matchup?© Provided by USA Today Sports Media Group LLC Michigan coach John Beilein talks to guard Zavier Simpson (3).

No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 12 Oregon (Thursday, 9:59 p.m. ET, TBS). This will be another great defensive battle. The Cavaliers have the nation's best statistical defense — allowing just 55 points a game. The Ducks' season-long statistics won't tell the full story since Dana Altman's team used late February and March to evolve from a pedestrian team to an elite one. That transformation starts on defense with Kenny Wooten's shot-blocking and Payton Pritchard's ball-hawking. If Oregon can offset UVA's tempo-controlling pace, it'll have a chance. ► Coaching edge: Bennett.

Duke somehow survives challenge from UCF, advances to Sweet 16

Duke somehow survives challenge from UCF, advances to Sweet 16 Duke has survived.

Four games in the NCAA tournament Thursday will determine half of the Elite Eight. The Ramblers have enough scoring options that their entire offense doesn’t usually bog down, but without a true takeover guy they could struggle if X-FACTORS: The important players for every Sweet 16 team .

An upset is a victory by an underdog team . In the context of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament , a single-elimination tournament , this generally constitutes a lower seeded team defeating a higher-seeded (i.e., higher-ranked) team

No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 3 LSU (Friday, 7:09 p.m. ET, CBS). The Spartans have been turnover-prone in this tournament and that's not a recipe for advancing against an athletic team like LSU. The Tigers were top-10 nationally in steals and are playing with grittiness under interim coach Tony Benford. Michigan State's Tom Izzo, a hard-nosed man-to-man coach, should either zone the Tigers because they shoot 32% from beyond the arc, or at least dictate his scheme around making crafty guards Tremont Waters (32 percent) and Skylar Mays (31 percent) shoot threes. ► Coaching edge: Izzo.

No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 5 Auburn (Friday, 7:29 p.m. ET, TBS). The Tigers live and die by the three. North Carolina coach Roy Williams has a great perimeter-defending team that can handcuff guards Bryce Brown and Jared Harper in a way Kansas couldn't in Auburn's rout of the Jayhawks in the second round. UNC has the best rebounding team in the country and gets its offense in a variety of ways (Coby White off the dribble, Cameron Johnson off the ball, Luke Maye on the low block) so expect Auburn coach Bruce Pearl to mix it up defensively to keep Carolina on its heels (no pun intended). Coaching edge: Williams

Watch: UCF Coach Johnny Dawkins Comforts Team After Heartbreaking Loss to Duke

Watch: UCF Coach Johnny Dawkins Comforts Team After Heartbreaking Loss to Duke Watch: UCF Coach Johnny Dawkins Comforts Team After Heartbreaking Loss to Duke

The Sweet 16 is set, and, as expected, all four No. 1 seeds reached the regional semifinals. But a pair of No. 7 seeds helped erase some chalk, while There aren't any regular-season rematches among the regional semifinal games, but there will be some interesting matchups of styles and traditions.

Which team has the edge at each position? BACKCOURT. Jalen Brunson, the junior guard who already helped KEYS TO VICTORY : The deciding factors when Villanova faces Michigan. That’s how they got past West Virginia’s suffocating pressure in the Sweet 16 , and there’s no one tougher

No. 1 Duke vs. No. 4 Virginia Tech (Friday, 9:39 p.m. ET, CBS). Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said his team got "lucky" in its win over Central Florida. Expect his team to be refocused now. Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams will have a difficult time containing Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett. Can Williams replicate UCF's blueprint by forcing Duke's supporting cast and outside shooting to beat them? Even if Virginia Tech exploits some of their weaknesses, the Blue Devils are just too good. ► Coaching edge: Krzyzewski

No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 3 Houston (Friday, 9:59 p.m. ET, TBS). The Cougars have the best field goal percentage defense in the country, limiting opponents to 27 percent. However, Kentucky doesn't shoot many threes, so Houston coach Kelvin Sampson will have to prepare his team to limit penetration. Yet again, Kentucky coach John Calipari has seen a young team grow up fast, and the continued maturity of freshmen Keldon Johnson, Ashton Hagans and Tyler Herro will be the difference against a veteran squad. ► Coaching edge: Calipari

NCAA tournament Sweet 16 keys to victory: Which team has coaching edge in every matchup?

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