Beavers Set to Host First Two Rounds of NCAA Tournament

How do the experts think the three Pac-12 schools will fare in the 2019 NCAA Tournament? | Tacoma News Tribune

Bol Bol, people figured, could wind up as the best player in the conference and the freshman center's supporting cast was good enough to get the Ducks back to the NCAA Tournament after they missed it in 2018. Wisconsin has traditionally slowed down the game and won with defense and this year's team is no different - the Badgers are ranked 332nd in tempo according to kenpom.com. As for Washington in the Midwest Region, Bilas has Utah state coming out on top over the Huskies. Paul White was a member of Georgetown's 2015 NCAA Tournament team before transferring to Oregon. "So I think we've got to focus on becoming great in the NCAA tournament, and make a run at this thing". On the contrary, the Aggies average 79 points per game, making them one of the highest-scoring teams in the nation.

The Huskies have the conference's Coach of the Year, Player of the Year (Jaylen Nowell) and Defensive Player of the Year (Matisse Thybulle). Sam Merrill is absolutely electric for Utah State. The Mountain West conference player of the year averages 21 ppg and 4 assists.

Arizona State landed one of the play-in games where they'll face St. John's. On offense, four players averaged double-digits on the year, led by Brown Jr., who scored almost 15 per game, fifth in the Big 12. Initially after Bol's injury, it seemed as if the whole team simultaneously regressed and forgot how to play the game altogether. Their backcourt mates are nothing to sneeze at.

Friday will mark the third time in the last six years that OR and the Badgers have met on March 22 in the NCAA Tournament.

After a tough 2017-18 season, the Badgers responded with a 23-10 campaign that was fueled by Happ's play.

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Preview: After struggling immensely and missing the postseason past year, Wisconsin is back in business this season, led by All-American big man Ethan Happ. The Pac-12 tournament was a ideal combination of hitting their stride, matching up with Arizona State, who they'd recently dominated, and catching the Washington Huskies in the championship game as they continued to struggle closing out the year.

Wisconsin has been a steady ship the entire season.

Wisconsin was led by senior Ethan Happ who put together one of the more impressive stat lines that you will see. "He has a Nikola Jokić game as he's 6'10" and the team's best passer and leading scorer. They only joined Division I in the 1970s, and play in an arena that holds a little less than 5,000 fans.

It feels like each of these games are pick-ems. Wisconsin may be the best defensive team they have faced to this point, but OR just dispatched of a very good Washington squad in the Pac-12 championship that also happens to boast a tough defense (No. 20 nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency according to KenPom).

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