No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 8 North Carolina
Here we go again. For a second straight year in the NCAA Tournament, North Carolina head coach Roy Williams will square off against the team that he formerly coached for – the Kansas Jayhawks. A season ago, Kansas got the best of good ‘Ole Roy in the Elite 8 round before eventually advancing to the national championship game. It was an upset to boot as well, considering UNC was a No. 1 seed a year ago.
Now however, the tables can be turned as the Jayhawks are the top seed and Williams and the Tar Heels look to throw some revenge back their way.
Kansas survived No. 16 Western Kentucky on Friday night, but it was very, very ugly. North Carolina got up 20 on Villanova, blew the lead, and then held off the Wildcats to advance. Both of these teams have adjustments to make heading into this third round contest and we will see just who takes advantage of the opponent’s greatest weaknesses.
No. 3 Florida vs. No. 11 Minnesota
For the second consecutive year, the Florida Gators get to play back-to-back double-digit seeded teams through opening weekend. You may remember a season ago; the Gators advanced as a No. 7 seed through the second round and then blew out No. 15 Norfolk State after they upset Missouri.
Well, the Gators are higher seeded in their own right this season, but the trend remained similar. After blowing out No. 14 Northwestern State, Florida will now prepare for No. 11 Minnesota, who pretty much handed it to UCLA on Friday night.
The Gophers looked good, but so too did Florida. This match-up should be a good one, so don’t write Minnesota off just yet.