NCAA Tournament - The Sure Thing Blowout
Posted Mar 16, 2014

2014 NCAA Tournament Preview, Breakdown & Pick: East Region – No. 2 Villanova vs. No. 15 Milwaukee

- 60-Second Video Analysis On Each Team

Line: Villanova -16
Why To Pick Milwaukee: The Panthers might not be all that good in any one area, but the move the ball around relatively well and they can make things happen in a half court set. They have the guards who are quick and tough, and they could catch Villanova looking ahead to UConn in the next round.
Why To Pick Villanova: Milwaukee is awful. The Panthers can't shoot, they can't rebound, they can't defend and they turn the ball over way too easily. Beyond that, everything is fine. As long as the Wildcats don't make a ton of dumb mistakes, they should coast.
The Pick: Villanova 85-67. This is a horrible mismatch that will be as ugly as Villanova wants it to be.

Villanova Wildcats
Head coach: Jay Wright Record: 28-4 Conference: Big East

What You Need To Know: The Wildcats have been among the nation's best all season, but they've looked vulnerable at times vs. teams that can knock down long jumpers. 'Nova has been nothing special from three-point range this season, and there hasn't been an answer when an opponent gets hot from the perimeter – that's going to be a problem. The trio of James Bell, Darrun Hilliard II and JayVaughn Pinkston all score between 14.2 and 14.5 points a game, and they can hurt teams inside and out. Hilliard is the best passer of the bunch, and, along with Ryan Arcidiacono, provides a rudder for the offense. Jay Wright's team is is solid defensively, but it can lose focus at times.
Strengths: Three Point Shot, - By Volume, Scoring, Assists
Weaknesses: Three Point Accuracy, Free Throws, Blocked Shots
How Far Will They Go?: It's a good team that looked the part at times throughout the season, but after coasting past Milwaukee, it'll get knocked out by either UConn or Iowa State.

Milwaukee Panthers
Head coach: Rob Jeter Record: 21-13 Conference: Horizon League

What You Need To Know: The Panthers struggled with inconsistency during the regular season, but they feature enough good size and athleticism to give opponents headaches. Senior Jordan Aaron is a 5-10 guard whose quickness sets him apart, doing a great job of distributing in transition. Forwards Kyle Kelm, Matt Tiby and Austin Arians are the prototypical do-everything players who can score and rebound, and they're a threat to shoot from the outside even if they don't convert a high percentage. Taking care of the ball has been an issue for the Panthers this season, and it will be up to Aaron, Kelm and guard Steve McWhorter to value the ball a bit more if the Panthers are going to pull off an upset.
Strengths: Free Throw Shooting, Assists, Bombing Away
Weaknesses: Blocked Shots, Scoring, Turnovers
How Far Will They Go?: Enjoy the free meal, lodging and t-shirt.