The NCAA Tournament field continues to dwindle. After Friday's games, we're down to the Elite Eight.
Saturday's action kicks off with the regional final in the West where the Arizona Wildcats take on the Wisconsin Badgers at Staples Center. Ken Pomeroy's FanMatch system likes the Wildcats be a single point in large part because of their stingy defense. Arizona ranks third nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency, and they've used head coach Sean Miller's pack line tactics to stifle opposing offenses this season by allowing them to shoot just 32.5 percent on shots behind the 3-point arc. The Wildcats' will be put to the test by the nation's most efficiency offense. Wisconsin, lead by Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker, is able to spread the floor and move the ball in ways that other offenses in the country aren't able to. The Badgers also received a boost against North Carolina with the return of guard Traevon Jackson. Jackson returned to action after missing time with a broken foot. He'll provide head coach Bo Ryan with much needed depth at the guard position.
The second game of the day will treat us to another clash of styles as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish attempt to end the undefeated season of the Kentucky Wildcats. Throughout the tournament, we've been treated to analysts espousing potential strategies to knock off Kentucky. First, Cincinnati was going to be able to slow the pace, and then West Virginia's physical press was going to challenge the Wildcats' backcourt. John Calipari's squad hasn't wavered, but they'll be put to the test once again on Saturday. One frequently mentioned strategy to challenge Kentucky suggests that teams should avoid the Wildcats' interior presence and bomb away from deep. The Irish have the tools to execute that game plan having attempted 38.0 percent of their shots from behind the arc this season while making nearly 40 percent of them. The problem is that Kentucky is well aware of that plan as Sports Illustrated's Luke Winn chronicled earlier this week. The Wildcats have taken to running their opponents of the 3-point line, allowing their three tournament foes to attempt just 25.6 percent of their shots from deep. Kentucky also has the nation's best 3-point defense with opponents connecting on 26.7 percent of their attempts. Notre Dame will likely still try to hoist a number of 3-pointers, but they'll need great ball movement if they're going to get open looks and knock off the Big Blue juggernaut.
Here's a look at the complete Saturday schedule:
If you'd need a refresher on the action so far, you can always check out the full bracket over here.
How To Watch
Saturday's games will air on TBS. They will also be live streamed on the NCAA March Madness Live website or you can head on over to their mobile page and download their app for your smart phone or tablet.