By Tom Fink
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By Tom Fink
By Tom Fink
1) Marquise Teague vs. Pierre Jackson – These two point guards will be going at it from start to finish in the Baylor vs. Kentucky game, be sure to tune in to see two of the better point guards in the tourney.
2) Wrist Watch – No we aren’t talking about a time piece, but the actual watching of the status of Kendall Marshall’s injured wrist. Will the Tar Heels be without their starting point guard again?
3) Familiar Faces – Roy Williams is coaching against his old school again as it is time for another round of UNC versus the Jayhawks.
4) Offensive Efficiency – Baylor ranks in the Top 15 nationally in Offensive Efficiency. Can Anthony Davis put a stop to the Bears domination of the offensive boards?
5) Bullocks’s Knee – Yet another Tar Heel to monitor when it comes to an injury. Watch for any issues with Reggie Bullock’s knee as he tweaked it against Ohio.
6) Keeping Up with The Joneses – Perry Jones III to be exact. After a huge Big 12 Tournament, Baylor’s big man has taken a back seat to Quincy Acy. See if he comes alive against Kentucky and Anthony Davis.
7) Thomas Robinson – If Carolina can’t slow down Kansas’ All-American then it could be a long game inside for John Henson and Tyler Zeller.
8) Low Wattage – Justin Watts didn’t do too well against the Bobcats when he was running the point for Roy Williams. Time to find another replacement for Kendall Marshall in case he can’t play.
9) Acy Has Been Aces – Quincy Acy had a 20 point and 15 rebound performance against Xavier and hopes to continue producing at the high level that he has been.
10) Half-Court Action – Expect teams like UNC and Kansas to slow things down dramatically and force their opponent into a half court style game.
11) Silence of The Lamb – If Baylor can quiet down Doron Lamb (who shoots higher than 47% from 3-point range) then they stand a decent chance of being able to hang with Kentucky.
12) Block Party – Anthony Davis and Terrence Jones block a ton of shots. The more looks they take away from Baylor the better.
13) Harrison Barnes – With Kendall Marshall likely out another game, it is up to Barnes to lead the way for UNC.
14) Back on Track – Baylor has come a long way since the scandals they faced in 2003 associated with the murder of Patrick Dennehy. Tune in to see the program that Scott Drew has built and the quality play that Baylor has produced all year.
15) The Kidd Ain’t a Kid – Freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has been playing like a man possessed in the tournament. Baylor will have to stop him from making so many big plays if they hope to beat the Wildcats.
16) Padding the Stats – Tyler Zeller and Thomas Robinson both lead their respective teams in points and rebounds per game. Whichever big man has the better game could carry his school to the Final 4.
17) The Coaching Collective – Sunday’s games feature some phenomenal coaches, be sure to pay attention to John Calipari, Scott Drew, Roy Williams and Bill Self as these guys are some of the best in the land.
18) The Two Quincys – Quincy Acy and Quincy Miller are the keys to the Bears chances of advancing against Kentucky. Can they hang with Anthony Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist?
19) Brady Heslip – Having mentioned Kentucky’s sharpshooter Doron Lamb, it only seems fitting to discuss the three point specialist for Baylor as well. Heslip (45% from 3-point range) had a nine three-pointer game earlier in the tourney. Can he have the same type of success against Kentucky from distance?
20) Mystery Man – Will it be Stilman White, Justin Watts or will Harrison Barnes or Reggie Bullock handle the ball a lot for the Tar Heels? Either way, someone is going to have to bring the ball down against Kansas and Tyshawn Taylor. But who will it be?
Players To Watch For:
1) Pierre Jackson (Jr./Point Guard, Baylor) – Getting past the ultra-talented Kentucky Wildcats will be no small task for the Bears and Jackson. Not only will he have to distribute the ball without turning it over, but he will have to score a little extra himself for Baylor to hang with UK.
2) Kendall Marshall (So./Point Guard, UNC) – Kendall Marshall is probably going to miss the Tar Heels game against Kansas due to injury. But on the off chance he attempts to be a hero and go all Willis Reed on everyone, make sure you’re watching because the kid can play.