Note: The numbers listed next to players' names are their current standing in the latest iteration of our Top-100 Prospect Rankings
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7:09 PM - CBS - Memphis, Tennessee
#1 North Carolina #13 Justin Jackson, #51 Tony Bradley, #90 Joel Berry, #92 Isaiah Hicks, Kennedy Meeks, Theo Pinson
#4 Butler Kelan Martin, Kamar Baldwin
An undersized Butler team will have their hands full with North Carolina's outstanding frontcourt, which leads the nation in offensive rebounding percentage. Butler had a relatively calm path to the Sweet 16, defeating #13 seed Winthrop and #12 seed Middle Tennessee State, and NBA scouts will want to see how their most productive player, Kelan Martin, handles the likes of Justin Jackson and Isaiah Hicks on both ends of the floor.
7:29 PM - CBS - New York, New York
#3 Baylor #26 Johnathan Motley, Ishmail Wainright
#7 South Carolina #66 P.J. Dozier, #100 Sindarius Thornwell
South Carolina likes to use Thornwell in a variety of ways, operating anywhere from point guard to power forward. His powerful first step and chiseled frame make him an ideal candidate for elbow catches, short-corner isos, and downhill catches off DHOs, all of which will come in very handy against Baylor's zone defense, which they employ frequently. Thornwell is not the quickest or most explosive athlete you'll find in the college ranks, relying heavily on his strength to help overpower weaker defenders and bulldoze his way to the lane and draw fouls. He relishes contact around the basket and is a handful for opposing guards or wings to deal with his powerful spin-moves and outstanding footwork. He's a career 43% 2-point shooter, a very poor rate, but makes up for that with his ability to get to the free throw line (8.3 times per-40), where he converts 83% of his attempts.
The biggest revelation this season has been Thornwell's jump-shot, which has become a far more consistent weapon compared to earlier in his career. He still doesn't rely on it very heavily (just 32% of his attempts come from beyond the arc), but he's hitting 40% of his 3s on the season, which is much higher than his career average (34%). His mechanics leave something to be desired, as he shoots quite a flat looking jumper, especially pulling up off the dribble, with a handsy release, that make you wonder about how effectively he'll be able to extend his range out to the NBA line.
Still, it's tough to ignore the sheer productivity Thornwell is amassing at the college level, and he is certainly a two-way player who brings great toughness to the defensive end (as well as a long 6'9 wingspan). In today's positionless NBA, scouts may wonder if he can potentially operate as a small-ball muti-positional forward in the Jae Crowder mold.
It will be interesting to study his matchup with Baylor small forward Ishmail Wainwright (who has a similar type of frame), as he won't be able to simply bully him like he did to Duke's guards, wings and forwards. Will he see any minutes matched up with power forward Johnathan Motley, a chiseled big man with a freakish wingspan?
9:39 PM - CBS - Memphis, Tennessee
#2 Kentucky #5 De'Aaron Fox, #8 Malik Monk, #31 Bam Adebayo, #85 Isaiah Briscoe, Derek Willis, Wenyen Gabriel, Isaac Humphries
#3 UCLA #2 Lonzo Ball, #19 Ike Anigbogu, #28 T.J. Leaf, Aaron Holiday, Thomas Welsh
Perhaps the most highly anticipated game of the entire NCAA Tournament, at least from a scouting standpoint, this rematch is the clear-cut highlight of the weekend for both professionals and casual fans.
The matchup at point guard between potential top five picks Lonzo Ball and De'Aaron Fox was outstanding in the first game in Lexington in December, and should be even more interesting now as both players have 30+ college games underneath their belt.
Bam Adebayo really struggled in his minutes against Ike Anigbogu in the first matchup against UCLA, and will be looking to have a stronger showing this time around. While Adebayo was able to assert his will on Thomas Welsch due to his superior physical tools, Angibogu was able to neutralize him and found quite a bit of success in transition and the offensive glass. It will be interesting to see how this matchup plays out this time around, as Anigbogu is no longer a secret and will figure prominently on Kentucky's scouting report.
9:59 PM - CBS - New York, New York
#4 Florida #47 Devin Robinson, Kasey Hill, Kevaughn Allen
#8 Wisconsin #70 Nigel Hayes, #79 Ethan Happ, Vitto Brown