"Maybe they can end their losing streak in this one, and not just because they have a nickname — Bruins — that has beaten Arizona three times this year, all courtesy of UCLA. Belmont senior guard Ian Clark — 18.1 points a game, 46.3% from beyond the arc — is the kind of three-point marksman that can give Arizona fits."
- David Leon Moore, USA Today Sports
"Arizona should be sweating. As the No. 6 seed, they get a tough Belmont opponent in the first round. Belmont is one the best shooting teams in the country, with the third best effective field goal percentage – which is like regular field goal percentage but is weighted by three-pointers – according to Statsheet.com."
- Mike Vorkunov, The Star-Ledger
"Belmont has been a chic upset pick in many of its recent appearances. But it has never been seeded as high as this year, and now I have to believe this is Rick Byrd's moment. His two-guard attack of Ian Clark and Kerron Johnson are going to give fits to Arizona's uneven backcourt. Belmont's not a big team, but it is the best one on defense Byrd's ever had.
"Arizona's just out of sorts. It's talented but hasn't fully come into form this year. Most times, I think trendy upset picks of the 11/6 and 12/5 variety need to be avoided. Not here. Expect a really good game to go Belmont's way."
- Matt Norland, CBSSports.com
"UPSET SPECIAL: No. 11 Belmont (26-6) against No. 6 Arizona (25-7). The Wildcats are one year away and they have very few quality wins after Jan. 1. Belmont is always a team that is scary as the Bruins are athletic and feature a go-to guy in Ian Clark (18.1 ppg)."
- Paul Zeise, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"We feel pretty good about the matchup. I know they've got some athletic guys since they play in the Pac-12. I caught some of their games on ESPN and I know they're really an explosive team and they like to get up and down the floor. We play a lot alike.
"Coach Byrd talks about us getting out and running a lot more this year than we have in the past with Kerron and Reece (Chamberlain) and J.J. (Mann), who all like to get up and down the floor. I think we can matchup in the backcourt."
- Ian Clark, Belmont guard
"Arizona Wildcats (West, No. 6 seed): The Wildcats could not have drawn a worse second-round matchup. Arizona lets opponents shoot 36.6 percent from beyond the arc (297th in the nation), while the Belmont Bruins shoot the three at a 38.6 percent clip (21st in the nation). Expect the Bruins to exploit that on the offensive end."
- Andrew Koob, National Desk
"Is this the year the Bruins break through and finally live to their reputation as a perennial upset selection? They have the right matchup for it, as they can force turnovers and knock down 3-pointers – and Kerron Johnson and Ian Clark have the ability to really make life difficult for Mark Lyons and Arizona. Coach Rick Byrd has a deep and experienced roster, and they might win a game."
- Jeff Borzello, CBSSports.com