This article is part of our Sweet 16 Preview series.
As crazy as the first two days of the NCAA tournament seemed, the Round of 32 mostly went with the higher seed. That was certainly true in the West Region. Murray State eliminated five-seed Marquette, but was not competitive against Florida State. Gonzaga, Michigan and Texas Tech all strolled into the Sweet 16, but each team will find some resistance in the next round. On the top half, we have a rematch from last season's Sweet 16. On the bottom, we have the two most defensively efficient teams.
No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 4 Florida State
Key Matchup: Both teams are stocked in the frontcourt, but the success of the Zags will depend on its guards' ability to make baskets. In the loss last year, Zach Norvell was just 4-of-16 from the field on his way to 14 points. Norvell also found baskets hard to come by in the WCC championship game against St. Mary's. The Seminoles will try to smother Norvell with long wings, and the 6-5 sophomore will need to overcome.
Gonzaga will Win IF: Along with Norvell, Josh Perkins and Geno Crandall will have to play effectively against their bigger counterparts. Gonzaga has not matched up against many teams with similar or bigger size. The guards will have to play with poise and the forwards will have to convert when opportunities arise. Killian Tillie has not played more than 18 minutes, but he could bring