A look at the four matchups, with each school’s likely starters and analysis from Globe sports editor Joe Sullivan.
Regional: South. Time: 7:37 p.m. Seed, record/last 10: 1. Kansas (31-5/9-1); 4. Michigan (28-7/8-2).
|10||Tim Hardaway Jr.||6-6||14.9||4.6|
|1||Glenn Robinson III||6-6||11.1||5.5|
Analysis: Michigan’s blowout against VCU last weekend might be the most impressive victory of the tournament; the Wolverines are clicking and have an array of offensive weapons, led by Burke. The Wolverines have guarded well, but Kansas is going to present a special challenge. It’s questionable whether Michigan’s young big men can match Kansas’s Withey and Young. The Jayhawks play some of the best defense in the country, too. If Michigan can at least compete and not get crushed in the paint, it can win this game.
Regional: South. Time: 9:57 p.m. Seed, record/last 10: 15. Florida Gulf Coast (26-10/8-2); 3. Florida (28-7/7-3).
Analysis: The Gulf Coast story is tremendous and the Eagles have been highly entertaining in upsetting Georgetown and San Diego State, but here’s some stats courtesy of Ed Ryan, the Globe’s NFL gambling and fantasy football correspondent: Comer of Gulf Coast: 6.5 assists per game, 3.5 turnovers per game. As a team: 512 assists, 525 turnovers. Only two players on the team have positive assist-to-turnover ratios — Comer and backup guard DaJuan Graf. Here’s where the glass slipper breaks. Florida will defend well and has enough toughness to prevent Gulf Coast from going crazy near the hoop.
Regional: Midwest. Time: 7:15 p.m. Seed, record/last 10: 1. Louisville (31-5/10-0); 12. Oregon (28-8/7-3).
Analysis: Oregon’s freshman guards, Artis and Dotson, have been flawless. Dotson, a 33 percent 3-point shooter, has connected on 8 of 15 threes in two victories. They will have to keep up with the relentless Louisville full-court pressure, which should eventually wear them down.
Regional: Midwest. Time: 9:45 p.m. Seed, record/last 10: 2. Duke (29-5/14-4); 3. Michigan St. (27-8/13-5).
Analysis: This is a classic matchup between two traditional powers and two great coaches. Once again, Tom Izzo has his Michigan State team playing its best in March. Mike Krzyzewski has Duke playing well, too, especially with the return of versatile forward Kelly. Expect this to be a chess match, with the score probably in the 60s. It may sound obvious, but because both these teams play such solid defense, the team that gets the best, open shots and converts will win.