Virginia vs. Maryland
Almost anything can happen when fifth-seeded West Virginia takes on fourth-seeded Maryland on Sunday night for a spot in the Sweet 16.
Just don't count on the Mountaineers - and their straight-shooting coach, Bob Huggins - changing what they do.
The Mountaineers (24-9) followed form in smothering Buffalo, 68-62, Friday in their opening game. As usual, they were everywhere on defense, trapping and chasing all 94 feet.
The Terrapins (28-6) recognize that they may have to adapt to what the Mountaineers do rather than having it the other way around.
Kansas vs. Wichita State
The first thing that must be understood about Kansas and Wichita State is that their game Sunday is about more than the players on the court and the coaches on the sideline.
Their tantalizing NCAA tournament tilt in Omaha, Neb., amounts to class conflict.
It is a matchup of the blue-bloods and the blue-collared, college basketball royalty against the nouveau riche. The Jayhawks have national championship banners hanging from the rafters, the Shockers a chip perpetually hanging from their shoulders.
That belief may be the biggest reason why the Jayhawks (27-8), the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region, and the seventh-seeded Shockers (27-4) are meeting for the first time since 1993.
- Associated Press