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Preview: Sunday’s NCAA Tournament games

A look at the eight matchups, with each school’s likely starters and analysis from Globe sports editor Joe Sullivan.

Creighton vs. Duke

Regional: Midwest. Time: 9:40 p.m. Seed, record/last 10: 2. Duke (28-5/7-3); 7. Creighton (28-7/8-2).

No.CreightonHt.PPGRPG
3Doug McDermott6-8 23.27.6
0Gregory Echenique6-9 9.76.7
1Austin Chatman6-0 7.42.6
10Grant Gibbs6-5 8.54.1
12Jahenns Manigat6-1 6.02.1
 Duke   
34Ryan Kelly6-11 14.05.5
5Mason Plumlee6-10 17.410.2
30Seth Curry6-2 17.32.5
2Quinn Cook6-1 12.23.8
14Rasheed Sulaimon6-4 11.43.3

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Analysis: Creighton showed some toughness in its victory over Cincinnati, matching the Bearcats physically, then making free throws down the stretch. Duke will be physical, too, but the game should be a lot more wide open. Creighton, not known for great defense, needs to tighten up on that end. Overall, the Bluejays match up pretty well, and it will be interesting to see how Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski chooses to have his team defend McDermott.

Temple vs. Indiana

Regional: East. Time: 2:45 p.m. Seed, record/last 10: 1. Indiana (28-6/7-3); 9. Temple (24-9/8-2).

No.TempleHt.PPGRPG
22Jake O’Brien6-9 9.63.3
32R. Hollis-Jefferson6-6 9.06.1
33Scootie Randall6-6 11.66.2
1Khalif Wyatt6-4 20.22.9
2Will Cummings6-2 6.02.3
 Indiana   
2Christian Watford6-9 12.46.2
40Cody Zeller7-0 16.78.1
1Jordan Hulls6-0 10.12.4
4Victor Oladipo6-5 13.56.4
11Yogi Ferrell6-0 8.02.8

Analysis: Indiana is the best team in the tournament. The Hoosiers play fast-break basketball and tough man-to-man defense. They have a really good big man in Zeller and plenty of guards. Temple had a great victory over North Carolina State Friday, but the Owls are a one-man team in Wyatt. The Hoosiers need to send an extra defender at him and let the other Owls beat them. O’Brien, who left Boston University after graduation and more than 1,000 points in three seasons, had a big afternoon against North Carolina State (18 points on 7-for-9 shooting), and the Owls need a repeat of that.

Illinois vs. Miami

Regional: East. Time: 8:40 p.m. Seed, record/last 10: 2. Miami (Fla.) (28-6/7-3); 7. Illinois (23-12/6-4).

No.IllinoisHt.PPGRPG
0Sam McLaurin6-8 3.93.4
32Nnanna Egwu6-11 6.44.7
1D.J. Richardson6-3 12.53.9
3Brandon Paul6-4 16.64.4
13Tracy Abrams6-1 10.73.5
 Miami   
45Julian Gamble6-10 6.74.9
35 Kenny Kadji6-11 13.16.9
4T. McKinney Jones6-5 9.43.4
1Durand Scott6-5 13.53.9
0Shane Larkin5-11 14.43.9

Analysis: The Hurricanes flexed their muscles Friday, squashing Pacific in an impressive effort. They’re one of the most well-balanced teams in the tournament, with impressive inside and outside games. That’s going to be hard for Illinois to defend; the Illini are really no match for the Hurricanes inside.

La Salle vs. Mississippi

Regional: West. Time: 7:40 p.m. Seed, record/last 10: 12. Mississippi (27-8/8-2); 13. La Salle (23-9/7-3).

No.La SalleHt.PPGRPG
25Jerrell Wright6-8 10.86.9
1D.J. Peterson6-5 4.12.5
3Tyreek Duren6-0 14.32.8
10Sam Mills6-2 8.02.6
55Ramon Galloway6-3 17.24.5
 Mississippi   
31 Murphy Holloway6-7 14.59.6
23Reginald Buckner6-9 9.57.6
20Nick Williams6-4 7.92.7
22M. Henderson6-2 20.03.1
32Jarvis Summers6-3 9.01.8

Analysis: In their two games, the Explorers have been outstanding for 60 minutes and have hung on for dear life for the other 20. They hung on to beat Kansas State after blowing a 19-point lead. La Salle’s bevy of guards, led by Galloway, is dynamic, and right now they’re playing very well. Wright is the lone big man, and Ole Miss has some bulk up front. The Rebels also have Henderson, a wild gunner who can shoot Mississippi in or out of games. The Rebels need to slow the pace and pound the ball inside.

Iowa State vs. Ohio State

Regional: West. Time: 12:15 p.m. Seed, record/last 10: 2. Ohio State (27-7/9-1); 10. Iowa St. (23-11/7-3).

No.Iowa StateHt.PPGRPG
3Melvin Ejim6-6 11.39.3
31Georges Niang6-7 12.24.5
13Korie Lucious5-11 9.81.9
2Chris Babb6-5 9.23.4
21Will Clyburn6-7 14.96.9
 Ohio State   
1Deshaun Thomas6-7 19.66.1
12Sam Thompson6-7 7.83.4
23Amir Williams6-11 3.73.9
4Aaron Craft6-2 9.73.5
32Lenzelle Smith6-4 9.54.9

Analysis: Both teams played well Friday, with Ohio State beating Iona and Iowa State vaporizing Notre Dame. The Buckeyes, led by forward Thomas and guard Craft, will defend Iowa State more tightly than Notre Dame did. However, the Cyclones will look to score inside with big guys Ejim and Niang (from Methuen), who outplayed the more heralded Notre Dame front line.

Minnesota vs. Florida

Regional: South. Time: 6:10 p.m. Seed, record/last 10: 3. Florida (27-7/6-4); 11. Minnesota (21-12/4-6).

No.MinnesotaHt.PPGRPG
32Trevor Mbakwe6-8 9.98.8
33Rodney Williams6-7 10.15.0
20Austin Hollins6-4 10.83.2
11Joe Coleman6-4 8.93.7
1Andre Hollins6-1 14.33.7
 Florida   
33Erik Murphy6-10 12.85.5
4Patric Young6-9 10.56.3
3Mike Rosario6-3 12.22.5
1Kenny Boynton6-2 12.33.0
5Scottie Wilbekin6-2 9.12.9

Analysis: Florida has been criticized for its failure to win on the road, but these games are all on neutral courts. Minnesota is better than its record. This should be a really good matchup between sets of guards, but I believe Florida’s is slightly better. The wild card for Minnesota is Mbakwe, who is just a shadow of himself because of injuries. If he’s feeling well, he could have a big game and swing it in the Gophers’ favor.

FGCU vs. San Diego St.

Regional: South. Time: 7:10 p.m. Seed, record/last 10: 7. San Diego St. (23-10/5-5); 15. Florida Gulf Coast (25-10/8-2).

No.Fla. Gulf CoastHt.PPGRPG
20 Chase Fieler6-8 12.15.5
12Eric McKnight6-9 6.54.5
25Sherwood Brown6-4 15.56.5
0Brett Comer6-3 8.03.2
2Bernard Thompson6-3 14.34.5
 San Diego St.   
21 Jamaal Franklin6-5 16.99.4
20J.J. O’Brien6-7 7.44.6
23Deshawn Stephens6-8 5.95.1
2Xavier Thames6-3 9.62.7
22Chase Tapley6-3 13.43.2

Analysis: Gulf Coast looked sensational in beating Georgetown, but remember this: The Eagles didn’t even win the Atlantic Sun regular-season title (Mercer did). If they play as well as they played against Georgetown, they have a chance. But San Diego State should be able to handle their athleticism better than the Hoyas did. Franklin should have a big game for the Aztecs.

North Carolina vs. Kansas

Regional: South. Time: 5:15 p.m. Seed, record/last 10: 1. Kansas (30-5/9-1); 8. N. Carolina (25-10/8-2).

No.North CarolinaHt.PPGRPG
43James McAdoo6-9 14.57.3
1Dexter Strickland6-3 7.82.4
35 Reggie Bullock6-7 14.26.5
15P.J. Hairston 6-5 14.54.2
5Marcus Paige6-0 8.12.7
 Kansas   
40Kevin Young6-8 7.66.7
5Jeff Withey7-0 13.78.3
24Travis Releford6-6 11.53.7
15Elijah Johnson6-4 9.93.0
23Ben McLemore6-5 16.25.3

Analysis: This should be a high-scoring game, as both teams like to get up and down. Kansas didn’t look great in beating Western Kentucky Friday, but it has played well since a three-game losing streak in early February. The Jayhawks are a top-notch shooting team (48 percent) and lead the nation in defensive field goal percentage. The Tar Heels have been an underachieving group of McDonald’s All-Americans most of the season; they’re capable of the upset, but they’ve failed to show they can put together a complete game.

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