Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
There are really two significant subplots that have sports writers licking their (keyboards?) chops.
The first involves a potential Round of 32 matchup between North Carolina and Kansas, which of course would mean Roy Williams would face his former team.
CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman already reserved a spot for UNC in the next round, even though the Tar Heels will have their hands full with Villanova in their first game.
“The North Carolina-Kansas matchup should be entertaining for a myriad of reasons,” he wrote. “First of all, many Jayhawks fans still resent (OK, hate) Williams for leaving for Chapel Hill.” Goodman went on to predict that the Tar Heels would pull off the upset, making it to the Sweet 16 as a No. 8 seed.
Sports Illustrated’s Andy Glockner has already deemed it the “Roy Williams Bowl,” but ESPN’s Myron Medcalf predicted that it won’t happen since the Wildcats will take down the Tar Heels.
“The Wildcats have defeated better teams within the past month (Georgetown, Marquette), plus they have a 6-foot-7, 260-pound bruiser named JayVaughn Pinkston, who could be a problem for North Carolina’s small (quick) lineup,” he wrote.
The other enticing matchup is between No. 12 Mississippi and No. 5 Wisconsin in Kansas City. The Badgers, led by conservative coach Bo Ryan, will advance only if they can corral Marshall Henderson, the boisterous Rebel who’s taken over 350 three-pointers this year.
SI's Luke Winn bookmarked the matchup as his best Round of 64 game: “Not just because the cockiest player in the country (Henderson), and the guy with the most ridiculous haircut (Badger forward Mike Bruesewitz) will be on the floor at the same time.” Winn said that the most intriguing part is how the Badgers defense, which is predicated on stopping three-pointers, will defend him.
Dana O’Neil wrote, “Can someone please set up an on-camera conversation about court decorum and attitude between Bo Ryan and Marshall Henderson?”