The Big Ten Conference can be brutal in terms of defensive toughness, but one of the most ruthless defenders in that league is none other than Ohio State’s Aaron Craft. Craft won the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore a year ago, so you know he’s a nightmare to have to go against.
During the regular season, Kansas senior Jeff Withey ranked third in the nation in blocks per game. Heading into the NCAA Tournament, Withey actually ranked first in that statistical category in comparison to team’s that actually qualified. The 7-footer is swatting 3.8 shots per game, so it’ll be tough to bring anything around the rim against Kansas in this year’s bracket.
VCU calls their team defense “Havoc” and it does exactly what it sounds like it does. The Rams will be all over the court, looking to force turnovers and hoping to turn those turnovers into offense of their own. The catalyst in their defense in none other than Briante Weber, who is averaging 2.8 steals per game, which ranked fifth in the nation during the regular season.