Previewing Saturday's NCAA Tournament games

Red Raiders win NCAA Tournament opener over Northern Kentucky

MI was stymied by Texas Tech on Thursday night, 63-44. The Honda Center West Region event is scheduled to tipoff at 9:39 p.m. ET in Anaheim, California.

The Wolverines are ranked second nationally in scoring defense (58.2). The Red Raiders advanced to play No. 1 Gonzaga in the Elite Eight on Saturday night.

The Sweet 16 Props being offered by the Las Vegas Superbook, Westgate, pinpoints scoring, referencing Tech's sophomore sensation Jarrett Culver.

This is a classic matchup: Basketball's most efficient offense against the most efficient defense. He doesn't take low percentage shots and is arguably the most balanced National Basketball Association prospects for this summer's draft. An 18-point lead seems insurmountable with the way MI has been shooting. The prop is exclusively dependent on two variables for this Sweet 16 extravaganza.

Well, while the roster might look very similar for the fourth-seeded Seminoles (29-7) - they bring seven of the 10 players back from last year's rotation - they come into this weekend bonded by tragedy. He is the leading scorer for the Bulldogs and averages 19.6 points per game this season. It shot 36.4 percent from the floor in the second half and just 20 percent from behind the arc.

CBS will broadcast both NCAA tournament games. And his boxscore digits compare to his regular season percentages.

"Culver, you having fun?" the coach said. Michigan's one of the best defensive teams in the country. The sophomore scored 22 points against MI and is averaging 18.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. Matt Mooney, who normally averages 10.9 points a game, finished with 17, including two huge threes down the stretch.

In summary none of the players mentioned above are Culver.

MI has the nation's second-best defense, and almost 9 minutes into the game, the score was tied: 6-6.

The junior guard averages 23.8 points per game despite constant attention from opposing defense and can be almost unstoppable when he gets hot.

As you can see, MI does well when key opponents are forced into taking more shots than needed and in the case of Culver, the Red Raiders are 2-3 when he attempts 20 shots or more.

Gonzaga has held down its No. 1 seed, winning all three games by double digits.

"I mean, we can write a book on Perk and Perk and I, but listen: The amount of growth that has occurred during his five years in our program and every facet of his life is kinda what coaching is all about and what playing college basketball is all about", the Gonzaga coach said after the game.

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