Twenty Players to Watch in the 2021 Sweet Sixteen

The first Sweet Sixteen in two years starts Saturday. And we’ve been spoiled with 20 appointment-television level players.

Folks, March Madness is in full swing. It’s been quite a long time since we’ve seen this much Madness™, and it’s glorious. There are four double digit seeds left, which is the second most all-time. If you combine the remaining seeds, you’ll get an aggregate score of 94. This is 5 digits higher than the all-time record of 89, set in the 1986 tournament.

This makes sense though, everyone knows how severely COVID sent everything that we know and love into a tailspin. It was inevitable that college basketball would feel the effects.

By now, I’d assume that most college basketball fans are aware of the teams that are left in the tournament. However, I’m not entirely sure that the stars of these teams are getting enough recognition. I felt like the spotlight has been too much on the programs themselves; among other characters like the omnipresent Sister Jean, the apparent prophet known as Bill Walton, and Oral Roberts, for the name and the institution itself. So without further ado, I ranked the stars that are still in Indianapolis.

I graded these guys with a very meticulous, objective, scientific process. I came up with four qualities that I think are the most important for a star during March Madness. I watched all these guys play at least a few times, and I graded these players out of 10 using the following categories. Finally I combined the scores, and ranked the players accordingly.

Watchability: This is the most subjective category. I tried to take an objective look at what makes watching a player fun: personality, energy, verticality, and obvious other reasons that I’ll detail later.

Story: If you were expecting a category that was any more straightforward than the last, sorry to disappoint. I judged this category based on how interesting the narrative surrounding a certain player is. If a player is really flying under the radar and not making headlines, he probably won’t do well here.

Talent: This is much easier to explain. In this category, I score players based on their natural talent, which kind of goes hand-in-hand with their potential to play professionally.

Team Success: Another easy one. This score mostly correlates to a team’s seed, or their potential to reach the Final Four.

20. John Petty Jr., G #23, Alabama

Watchability: 8/10 | Story: 1/10 | Talent: 5/10 | Team Success: 8/10 | Overall: 22/40

John Petty Jr. pretty much only made this list because he kind of resembles Playboy Carti. In addition to this, he’s actually a pretty entertaining player to watch. He plays a little recklessly, in a good way. He takes over six 3’s a game, plays hard on defense, and does not pass the ball. He scores at all costs, which makes him a fascinating wrinkle to Alabama’s potential Final Four run.

19. Ethan Thompson, G #5, Oregon State

Watchability: 7/10 | Story: 4/10 | Talent: 6/10 | Team Success: 5/10 | Overall: 22/40

Ethan Thompson is an absolute bucket-getter. He’s been the best scorer for Oregon State during their highly unlikely Sweet Sixteen run, and it’s been really fun to watch. He’s a super physical player; he doesn’t shy from contact around the rim, which is a cause of some of his higher-scoring games. He can score from all three levels, and it’s a pleasure to watch.

18. Scottie Barnes, F/G #4, Florida State, Fr.

Watchability: 5/10 | Story: 1/10 | Talent: 8/10 | Team Success: 6/10 | Overall: 22/40

Scottie Barnes was a consensus Top-10 recruit coming into this season, and he’s definitely lived up to that billing. He’s a fascinating player to watch; he’s listed as a guard (although he’s more of a forward), and he’s 6’9″, 230lbs. He’s a future lottery pick, and he plays hard, just like most Leonard Hamilton-coached players. He has scoring ability, although he doesn’t do it at a high volume, and he has extremely good instincts on both ends of the floor. He’ll be a player to watch in one of the biggest games this weekend vs. Michigan.

17. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, F #24, Villanova

Watchability: 8/10 | Story: 1/10 | Talent: 8/10 | Team Success: 6/10 | Overall: 23/40

Robinson-Earl is another former Five-Star that’s been super fun to watch this season. His game is really similar to Justin Champaigne’s; he’s a bruiser who finishes really well around the rim and occasionally can pop out and hit a couple of threes. He’s kind of the perfect modern 5, except his defense could use some work. He’s got a tough matchup against Baylor this weekend though; we could see an off game from him due to the defensive depth that Baylor has at his position.

16. Marcus Zegarowski, PG #11, Creighton, Sr.

Watchability: 8/10 | Story: 1/10 | Talent: 8/10 | Team Success: 6/10 | Overall: 23/40

Zegarowski is a crafty primary ball-handler for the Bluejays. He’s got ridiculous range and he can whip around passes as well as anyone in college basketball. His brand of basketball isn’t super exciting, and Creighton really isn’t much of a Final Four threat. He’s still fun to watch, and it’ll be cool to see him show his skills versus a team like Gonzaga.

15. Chris Duarte, G #5, Oregon

Watchability: 7/10 | Story: 3/10 | Talent: 8/10 | Team Success: 6/10 | Overall: 24/40

Although Chris Duarte is clearly Oregon’s best player, the rest of Oregon’s starting five is just about as fun to watch. Their starting five, college basketball’s Death Lineup, scored 89(!!) of their 95 points versus Iowa this past weekend. Duarte is the leader of this high-flying group; I wouldn’t be surprised they come to play again with the same amount of earth-shattering dunks and electric defensive plays as they had when they took down the 2-seed. Expect this 7-seeded team to make some noise this weekend.

14. Franz Wagner, G/F #21, Michigan

Watchability: 7/10 | Story: 1/10 | Talent: 8.5/10 | Team Success: 9/10 | Overall: 25.5/40

Franz Wagner, brother of Moe Wagner, is personally one of my favorite college players from this year. He’s a 6’9″ wing with a ton of athleticism, and he can do just about anything you could ask for on a basketball court. His on-ball defense is spectacular, as with his defensive instincts in general. He can finish way above the rim, and he also has a nice outside jumper. He’s a future NBA player, and he’s Michigan’s X-Factor. Strongly recommend watching him.

13. Buddy Boheim, F #35, Syracuse

Watchability: 7.5/10 | Story: 6/10 | Talent: 6.5/10 | Team Success: 6/10 | Overall: 26/40

This one’s pretty obvious. When I first watched him as a three-star freshman at Syracuse, I wasn’t too bullish on his future as a college basketball player, especially at a high-prestige program like Syracuse. I was dead wrong. Buddy Boheim, the 22-year-old son of 77-year-old Jim Boheim, is a certified bucket. He’s an absolute flamethrower from deep, and he can also create shots for himself on about any level of the floor. He’s been averaging about 28 PPG since the postseason began (including the ACC tourney). He’s a must-watch player right now; you have no excuse to not watch Syracuse this weekend.

12. Hunter Dickinson, F/C #1, Michigan

Watchability: 7.5/10 | Story: 2/10 | Talent: 7.5/10 | Team Success: 9/10 | Overall: 26/40

This guy is a total throwback on the basketball court. He operates primarily with his back to the basket, similar to Luka Garza. He doesn’t have a ton of range, but his footwork and fluidity around the basket is unbelievable. His hands look like they’re covered in glue when he hits the boards, and he’s an above-average passer from the post. He’s an incredibly fundamentally sound player who rarely makes mistakes, and he’s only 20. It’s going to be super interesting to see how the uber-athletic Florida State team handles him.

11. Moses Moody, F #5, Arkansas

Watchability: 8/10 | Story: 1/10 | Talent: 9.5/10 | Team Success: 8/10 | Overall: 26.5/40

Moses Moody is another lottery-level talent that’s left in March Madness. He’s a 6’6” guard that somehow plays bigger than he actually is. He’s a super explosive athlete that also has a seemingly endless bag of moves on the perimeter. Arkansas is looking poised for a potential Final Four run since they’re the highest remaining seed left in their region. In their upcoming game against Oral Roberts, Moody’s probably going to be the best athlete on the floor, so that’ll be interesting to watch.

10. Davion Mitchell, G #45, Baylor

Watchability: 8.5/10 | Story: 1/10 | Talent: 7.5/10 | Team Success: 10/10 | Overall: 27/40

Another one of my personal favorite players left is Davion Mitchell. This is mostly because of how eerily similar this guy is to Donovan Mitchell. Obviously, their names are almost the same. Plus, they wear the same number, play the same position, and they both play the game with a high level of passion and intensity.

Mitchell is the glue guy for Baylor, he’s unbelievably consistent, and he has the ability to set the tone for Baylor on both ends of the floor; as a reliable scorer and an outstanding defender. He’s a huge part of Baylor’s success over the past few years.

9. Jahvon Quinerly, G #13, Alabama

Watchability: 10/10 | Story: 2/10 | Talent: 8/10 | Team Success: 7/10 | Overall: 27/40

Jahvon Quinerly is one of my six 10/10’s on the watchability scale. He’s got shades of Kyrie Irving in his game; he’s got insane ball-handling skills, and he can hit difficult shots as well as anyone in college basketball. He’s an absolute spark plug off the bench, easily the best sixth man in the nation.

He’s also an interesting story to follow because of the road he took to get to Alabama. As a five-star high schooler, he was originally committed to play for Arizona. After their issues with the FBI, he pulled his commitment and chose to play college ball at Villanova. He then transferred from Villanova due to a lack of fit in their offensive system, and now he’s tearing it up at Alabama. He’s now leading Bama’s bench unit as they try to make their program’s first-ever Final Four appearance.

8. Johnny Juzang, G #3, UCLA

Watchability: 10/10 | Story: 6/10 | Talent: 6/10 | Team Success: 5/10 | Overall: 27/40

I’m going to be completely honest here, I don’t necessarily understand what’s happening when I watch Johnny Juzang play for UCLA. He’s got a pretty unassuming look on the court, with the classic rec-league T-shirt underneath his jersey. And he doesn’t really blow you away with his athleticism or ball-handling.

There is one special thing about him: his shots go in. He scores from about everywhere on the court, and when he gets hot, he gets as hot as anyone. Think Game 6 Klay Thompson. He’s averaging 23 ppg over three games in the tournament, and he’s doing this on 51/39/86 splits, which is outstanding for a college player. UCLA is a pretty heavy underdog this weekend, so watch Juzang while you have the chance.

7. Max Abmas, G #3, Oral Roberts

Watchability: 10/10 | Story: 9/10 | Talent: 6/10 | Team Success: 4/10 | Overall: 29/40

Max Abmas has been in the driver’s seat as Oral Roberts has made their Cinderella run to the Sweet Sixteen. He led the nation in scoring over the regular season, and he’s been just as hot in March. He’s scored an absurd 55 combined points in the first two rounds, and it’s not looking like he’s going to slow down. The man doesn’t do much else but shoot the damn ball, and I love it. He has NBA range, and he’s got an NBA mindset when it comes to shooting: short-term memory.

I’m expecting their matchup versus Arkansas to be similar to their game versus Florida, which is a recipe for another high-scoring game from Abmas, as the Golden Eagles will likely be fighting a deficit for most of this game.

6. Quentin Grimes, F #24, Houston

Watchability: 9/10 | Story: 5/10 | Talent: 8/10 | Team Success: 8/10 | Overall: 30/40

As we enter the Top 6, pretty much all of these guys have a future in the NBA. Quentin Grimes has played himself up the draft boards in this tournament. The 6’5″ junior has shown a diverse set of offensive skills, and his wide frame and vertical+lateral explosiveness make him an absolute handful for opposing teams on both sides of the ball.

The former Kansas Jayhawk has found a perfect home in Houston, and he’s an absolute pleasure to watch thanks to his high motor and good attitude on the court.

5. Jared Butler, G #12, Baylor

Watchability: 7/10 | Story: 4/10 | Talent: 9/10 | Team Success: 10/10 | Overall: 30/40

Jared Butler gets an honorary Top-5 nod here because he’s the leader of the second-best team left in the tournament. I don’t mean that in a negative way; I’m just guessing that if you’re a college basketball fan, you’ve probably already watched Butler play several times.

Butler is a hyper-intelligent, experienced player who is pretty much the commander of Baylor’s defensive attack. He’s a fantastic all-around player; he doesn’t really have any specialties. He performs at a high level in just about every game; scoring at ease and making a huge impact on defense.

4. Evan Mobley, C #4, USC

Watchability: 10/10 | Story: 5/10 | Talent: 10/10 | Team Success: 6/10 | Overall: 31/40

Honestly, there was a small part of me that thought Evan Mobley’s appearance in March would be similar to Deandre Ayton’s. USC proved me completely wrong. With the emergence of Isaiah Mobley and the persistent dominance of Evan, USC looks like a force to be reckoned with.

Although Evan, the younger Mobley brother, hasn’t been scoring at a high clip in this tournament, his impact is felt on the boards and around the rim on defense. The 19-year-old is a mobile 7-footer who has good instincts when it comes to any aspect of basketball. He’s an outstanding defender and shot blocker, he finishes well on offense, and he’s a surprisingly talented ball distributor. He’s likely to be a Top-3 pick in the next NBA draft, so watch him at USC while you can.

3. Corey Kispert, F #24, Gonzaga

Watchability: 9/10 | Story: 3/10 | Talent: 9/10 | Team Success: 10/10 | Overall: 31/40

Corey Kispert just had an all-time season at Gonzaga and it kind of just slipped under the radar. No matter what conference you play in, a 55/45/90 shooting line (on high volume!!!) is borderline incomprehensible. The 4th-year player is the leader of the title-favorite Gonzaga Bulldogs, and it’s going to be up to him to keep the rest of his team in line as they make their championship run.

He’s another do-it-all kind of player; he scores well, passes well, defends well, and is one of the best shooters in the country. Every time he takes a three, it looks like it’s going in. I swear. Gonzaga is the team of destiny this year, and Corey Kispert is about to make his case as a legend of college basketball.

2. Cameron Krutwig, C #25, Loyola-Chicago

Watchability: 10/10 | Story: 5/10 | Talent: 9/10 | Team Success: 8/10 | Overall: 32/40

All you really need to know about Cameron Krutwig is this: he’s pretty much what would happen if you gave Nikola Jokic’s basketball abilities to a 1920’s strongman.

He’s an absolutely mesmerizing player to watch. Nobody at his size should be that light on his feet. He’s also an incredibly confusing player. He’s almost mastered the offensive aspects of basketball but he cannot shoot from outside the paint. He whips around passes from the post like Jokic, and he has beautiful touch around the rim. For god’s sake, he took Kofi Cockburn to school multiple times with his incredible post moves. He made one of the best, strongest big men in the country look like a chump. Loyola-Chicago somehow has the third-best odds to win the championship right now, so I’d advise you to watch them.

1. Jalen Suggs, PG #1, Gonzaga

Watchability: 11/10 | Story: 3/10 | Talent: 11/10 | Team Success: 10/10 | Overall: 35/40

This is a somewhat subjective list, so obviously I had to put my favorite player to watch at #1. Jalen Suggs looks like a transcendent type of player when he’s out there playing for Gonzaga. He literally moves at a different speed than everyone else on the court.

He doesn’t put up lucrative stats, but when he is on the court, I am watching Gonzaga no matter what. He’s Zion-esque with his combination of fluidity and extreme athleticism. I personally think he’s the most talented player left in the tournament, and he’s on the best team. So as far as watchability goes, you can’t get much better than that. Also….

(I think he’s better than Cade Cunningham)

*ducks*

Other People/Things to Watch:

The living-legend coach who will literally pick his boogers and eat them on the sidelines during games.

That one coach who sometimes takes his shirt off after winning big games. Also known as a bus.

The old woman who exploits one of the world’s largest religions for basketball wins.

The general decline of the University of North Carolina’s basketball program.

Keep watching the transfer portal. One of the most lucrative years of transfers ever.

Bracket Breakdown

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WEST REGION:

1 Seed: Gonzaga

My Predicted Champion: Gonzaga

Sleepers: This bracket is on the easier side, so I do not expect to many upsets to happen in the early rounds. Everyone is big on the UCSB upset over Creighton, I just do not think that will happen, but I would not be surprised if it does. I like VCU over Oregon, and wish the Rams did not have to play Iowa in the next round, or they would be looking at a Sweet 16 run. Do not be surprised if the USC Trojans make an Elite 8 appearance.

Favorite Match-up: USC vs. Wichita St./Drake

One Scenario I Do Not Want to See: Virginia making a run. I am extremely over all of the Virginia hype and expecting them to make a run. It will not happen, I hope they lose in the first round, I would very much enjoy that.

This region of the bracket holds probable National Championship game participant Gonzaga. I am not willing to fully commit to saying National Champion, because part of me is still holding out hope that maybe a team could beat them, although that is getting tough to picture. Honestly do not think many upsets are going to happen and we will have a 1 / 2 Elite 8 game to see who makes it to the Final Four. Kansas seems to just fall short against Iowa in my eyes, and no one is coming close to Gonzaga from this region. If a team like USC can get hot, they can challenge, but I would pretty much pencil in Gonzaga for at least a Final Four appearance.

EAST REGION:

1 Seed: Michigan

My Predicted Champion: Texas

Sleepers: St. Bonaventure is an extremely hot team right now. Mark Schmidt finally breaks through in the A10 after a 10 year drought. I would not be surprised if they beat a very good LSU team in the first round and then Michigan in the second.

Favorite Match-up: It is between the LSU/ St. Bonaventure game and FSU/UNCG.

One Scenario I Would Not Mind Seeing: Michigan making to the Final Four out of this bracket. I am really enjoying watching Juwan Howard coach his Wolverines. Such a fun team to watch, seeing Howard take his alma mater to the Final Four would be a very wholesome moment.

Texas got an extremely good draw, and has a great chance to come out of this bracket. Alabama does not scare me that much, and I think they can easily be beat, especially by a hot Texas team. This is going to be an extremely fun bracket to watch, a bunch of hot teams that ended as lower seeds trying to pull of upsets, the side’s round of 32 match-ups could be insane.

SOUTH REGION:

1 Seed: Baylor

My Predicted Champion: Texas Tech

Sleepers: This North Carolina Tar Heels team seems to have finally found their identity just at the right time. Whatever happened after that loss against a not so good Marquette team seems to have worked, they are extremely hot. If they can get past Wisconsin in round one, that game against Baylor will be fun to watch. I expect the Tar Heels to make the Elite 8.

Favorite Match-Up: This side of the bracket is absolutely stacked from top to bottom. From a first round aspect of things, three games catch my eye, UNC/Wisconsin, Villanova/Winthrop, Florida/Virginia Tech.

One Scenario I Do Not Think Will Happen: Baylor being the champion of this bracket. There are way to many good teams for the 1 seed to end up going to the Final Four. This is by far the most intriguing bracket from top to bottom.

In my eyes there are a solid three teams that could end up winning this bracket. Ohio State, Texas Tech, and North Carolina. I really do not think that Baylor will win this thing, depending on who they play in the second round. But you talk about an absolute loaded bracket, you got yourself one in the South region of this years bracket.

MIDWEST REGION:

1 Seed: Illinois

My Predicted Champion: West Virginia

Sleepers: Two teams really standout in my mind as true sleepers, Loyola Chicago, and Cleveland St. Houston is matched up with an extremely hot team that if the Cougars do not take seriously, their time in Indy could be over quick. Loyola is fortunate Georgia Tech’s main guy is out for the first round, and maybe they can carry that momentum into a second round win against a beatable Illinois team.

Favorite Match-up: Houston/Cleveland St. or Clemson/Rutgers.

One Scenario I Hope Happens: Sister Jean brings home the natty. All I need to say.

This bracket will have the most intriguing Elite 8 match-up to see who goes to Final Four. Out of all those games, the one played in the Midwest Region will be the most talked about, whether it is Illinois, Sister Jean, Cade Cunningham, or Huggy bear, the Midwest will be the most chaotic side of the bracket.

National Champion: Gonzaga

Gonzaga is simply just to talented this season. Outside of conference play, they have played 4 other NCAA tournament teams. None being lower than a 4 seed, and they won every single contest. The closest was a 5 point game against a tough West Virginia, the other three were 10+ point victories for the Bulldogs. In my eyes no one really challenges them, but who knows, it is March after all.

The NFL Playoffs, Way-too-Early NBA Reactions, and CBB Talk // Roughing the Caster Ep. 5

Lead FTS Writers Dylan White and Adam Simkowitz return from their brief podcasting hiatus to discuss football and basketball.

In this edition of Roughing the Caster, FTS Writers Adam Simkowitz and Dylan White take a break from their respective college grinds to talk about some early-season NBA reactions, and predictions for the NFL playoffs. Topics discussed include the emergence of Luka Dončić, the NBA’s load management issue, the odd Pittsburgh Steelers, and more!

Roughing the Caster Episode 5

Mid-Major Dive 2.0

Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina

From SoCon champions to losing their two highest scorers including Fletcher Magee. Also losing forward Keve Aluma as he transferred to Virginia Tech, their biggest loss could arguably be head coach Mike Young. Young began at Wofford as an assistant coach in 1989 and in 2002 finally became the head coach. To say he knew what kind of program Wofford was and how to coach them is an understatement. However, was he really that great of a coach? When you dive into the numbers behind you find he has a record of 299-244. 55 Games over 500 and that is not that bad, especially as a mid-major like Wofford, but could be better. He only won four SoCon conference championships, along with four coach of the year titles. And from all that, 5 NCAA tournament appearances, with only one win. And that sounds about on par when you compare mid-majors at a SoCon conference level. However, ONE NCAA tournament win in 17 years in a bit confusing. It was not until 2017 in the famous win over UNC that he got his first win over a top 25 team. But things are looking up for the Terriers.

The upcoming season presents a giant grey area for the Terriers. Yes they lost Fletcher, Cam, and Keve. But Nate Hoover is returning, Chevez Goodwin looks unstoppable(and probably will be in the SoCon), and Storm Murphy is ready for a bigger role. These are the three “big-name” players if you will on the team, but you look down their roster and every guy seems like he is capable of preforming and making up for the offseason losses. I’ve been fortunate enough to grow up watching Steph Curry in college, and I’ve also been able to watch Bob McKillop coach and run a 3 point shooting team. You might question what that has to do with Wofford, and here you go in a couple of points. 1. Nate Hoover can flat out shoot the damn ball. It is unbelievable the way he shoots it. The nation needs to be on watch for this kid. 2. Coach McAuley is going to run one of the best motion offenses in the NCAA this year. This will also translate into one of the highest 3 point percentages in the NCAA. 3. And finally, Chevez Goodwin is going to make a name for himself as one of the best defensive players in the NCAA. This guy is an absolute animal.

As for predictions for how their are going to do this season? It’s tough to say. Marquee games against Butler, Duke, and North Carolina are going to set the standard if the Terriers can hang with tournament teams. I have the Terriers going 20-9 and losing in the SoCon tournament to unfortunately not get a bid into the NCAA tournament. ETSU looks to strong this year but it will come down to either Wofford or ETSU, and even then it is a toss up. I can easily see the Terriers making it back to the big dance, and don’t be surprised when they do. Also, if they could potentially win 2 of the games against North Carolina, Butler, and Duke, then go undefeated in SoCon play like they did last year, an at-large bid would not be out of the question. Expect the Terriers to fight and play extremely well. Don’t be surprised when you see them near the top of many stat lists.

Mid-Major Dive

McKillop Court at Belk Arena in Davidson, North Carolina

This is going to be a new series I am going to start about diving into about different Mid-Major teams. Mid-Majors have it rough and usually are these cinderella stories who somehow preform in the NCAA tournament. This is going to look into their returning players and their schedules once they come out, or if some have been announced.

Our first team will be my favorite, Davidson Wildcats.

Davidson finished the season at 24-10 after a tough loss to Lipscomb in the NIT tournament. A 14-4 conference campaign in the A-10 and and a bad loss in the A-10 tournament left the Wildcats a bit stunned for this offseason. Bad early season losses against Temple and Wake Forest really looked bad on the résumé. As for the A-10, most of their losses were ones that shouldn’t have happened, the Saint Joseph loss by 1 early, a 3 point loss to UMASS, and a 1 point loss at home to Dayton were tough to swallow for the Cats. Davidson was eliminated from the A-10 conference tournament with a 23 point loss to Saint Louis and then again eliminated from the NIT with a 8 point loss to Lipscomb.

After a terrible way to end their season, and definitely undeserved, the Wildcats were hit with two bombshells on the same day. BOTH Kellan Grady and Jon Axel Gudmundsson declared for the NBA Draft. They are going to have until into June to decide if they are going to return to school for this upcoming year. Without these two, Davidson is going to have a very hard time finding any sort of success next year. 6’5″ guard Luke Frampton had a really good redshirt freshman year, and if Grady and Gudmundsson come back, these three could be a real threat within the A-10. Luka Brajkovic had a very good freshman year and is the first player in a long time to add a true post feel to McKillop’s offense. Davidson’s success is going to completely depend on Grady and Gudmundsson for next season.

As for the upcoming season, Davidson has announced it will be competing in the 2020 Maui Jim Maui Invitational. A decent field will provide the Wildcats a chance to show everyone that they are a true tournament team. Included in the field, Alabama, Indiana, North Carolina, Providence, Stanford, Texas, and UNLV.

Projection for next season: With Grady and Gudmundsson: above 20 wins, below 15 losses, NCAA Tournament appearance; Without Grady and Gudmundsson: around .500 record, no postseason appearance