Note: The numbers listed next to players' names are their current standing in the latest iteration of our Top-100 Prospect Rankings
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6:09 PM - TBS - San Jose, California
#1 Gonzaga #24 Zach Collins, #61 Nigel Williams-Goss, Johnathan Williams, Killian Tillie, Przemek Karnowski
#11 Xavier Trevon Bluiett
Gonzaga showed they can win ugly in surviving the relentless pressure of West Virginia's press in the Sweet 16. Things won't get much easier as Xavier will pose their own unique challenge with a shifting zone defense that absolutely stifled Arizona's guards on Thursday. Gonzaga will try to enter the ball into the post frequently and will rely heavily on the passing ability to Przemek Karnowski to navigate tight spaces and find angles to create high percentage shots. Nigel Williams-Goss had his worst game of the season against West Virginia, and will look to bounce back to prove to NBA scouts that his average athleticism won't hamper him from translating his effectiveness in the WCC to the pro ranks.
For Xavier, scoring won't be very easy either, as Gonzaga is a strong defensive team in their own right. Trevon Blueitt is averaging 25 points per game through three contests and will have a size advantage at the small forward position against Jordan Matthews and Silas Melson.
Scouts will be keeping an eye on Zach Collins, the top prospect in this game, to get a better feel for how ready to play in these type of contests. The West Virginia game was hardly an ideal evaluation setting considering the difficultly Gonzaga had in even getting into their offense, but Collins didn't help himself with his one point, four rebound outing in 16 minutes. His toughness and feel for the game, the two biggest question marks scouts have about him, will be tested in a major way by Xavier's frontcourt.
8:49 PM - TBS - Kansas City, Missouri
#1 Kansas #3 Josh Jackson, #54 Devonte Graham, #68 Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, #82 Frank Mason, Landen Lucas, Carlton Bragg
#3 Oregon #36 Dillon Brooks, #58 Jordan Bell, Tyler Dorsey
We haven't seen anywhere close to Dillon Brooks' best in the NCAA Tournament, as he was completely outplayed by Michigan's D.J. Wilson in the Sweet 16. Brooks' hero-ball style hasn't translated against the tougher defenses he's faced in the Tournament thus far, which is a concern projecting to the NBA considering his average size, athleticism and length. Things won't get any easier against Josh Jackson and Kansas, but this is an opportunity for him to show he can get back on track and still be effective against an NBA caliber athlete.