On Friday, Arizona will face Memphis in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Here's what another collection of newspapers and websites are saying about the matchup.
"I know that Arizona will win at least one game. Sean Miller is a great coach in the NCAA tournament. He always got it done at Xavier and he will do the same at Arizona." – Ryan Feldman, The Hoops Report
"Player To Watch: Derrick Williams, Arizona. Easily the best player you've never seen. Williams has the size and agility that could take the Wildcats on a deep run." – Brett Lake, Carroll County Times
Intriguing Matchup: Memphis vs. Arizona, West Regional, Tulsa, Okla. Tigers coach Josh Pastner looked as if he'd be the heir apparent to Lute Olson at Arizona after spending four years playing there and serving as an assistant. Instead, he was passed over and ended up at Memphis. He's said there's no hard feelings, but it's an interesting mix nonetheless. - SI.com
"By my calculations, Derrick Williams will draw about 14 fouls in this game. Williams comes in having drawn about eight fouls for every 40 minutes played, which is one of the top ten figures in the land. And the Tigers' interior players, whether it's Tarik Black or Will Coleman, are somewhat foul-prone.
"While I'll remain skeptical that Memphis has come together in any meaningful way over the past three weeks, this team beating Arizona wouldn't be the craziest thing to happen in the tournament. The Wildcats' defense has been giving up over a point per possession with regularity and provides an odd mix of very good perimeter defense with very bad interior defense. Memphis, by contrast, owns a solid interior offense to go with poor three-point shooting. Whatever the Tigers do with the basketball will involve points in the paint." - Ken Pomeroy, BasketballProspectus.com
"No. 5 Arizona should take care of business against Memphis, and I am not going to slap you if you have Derrick Williams and Co. going as far as the Elite Eight." – Vittorio Tafur, The San Francisco Chronicle
"If the NCAA had fantasy leagues, Arizona forward Derrick Williams probably would have been the top selection.
"Williams scores, shoots 61% from the field, a ridiculous 60% from three, grabs 8.1 rebounds and collects about a block and a steal every game. When he feels like playing hard, nobody can stop this guy." – Ryan Wolstat, The Toronto Sun
"I've never really been a big fan of the Pac-10. I've always felt the teams out west can be a little soft and to be fair we don't see many of their games. But Arizona power forward Derrick Williams might be one of the best players you'll watch in this tournament. Don't be surprised if Arizona beats Texas to advance to the Sweet Sixteen." – Vin Parise, CBS New York
"Sean Miller is a proven NCAA Tournament entity and has a group that is eager to make a mark. The Pac-10 regular season champions are built similarly to Miller's successful Xavier teams: a lot of long, athletic wing players, a couple shooters, one NBA-level go-to player, and a reliable point guard. Arizona's strength, besides All-American Derrick Williams, is in its depth. They have nine players averaging double-digits in minutes and every one of them shoots the three. If they are hitting from deep then this is a team that could "surprise" some people. I put it in quotes because if you've been watching this club this year you know how good they are.
"Arizona March Madness Prediction: Arizona is in the exact same boat as Texas. Whichever team comes out of that sick second round clash will be able to give Duke a hell of a run. But I don't see Arizona making an Elite Eight run." - Robert Ferringo, DocSports.com
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