This article is part of our Sweet 16 Preview series.
Site: Indianapolis, IN
Tip Off: Sunday, 5:00 pm
Three of the East's top-four seeds survived the opening weekend, with only Texas falling victim to an upset. Play-in winner UCLA rounds out this region, and it's certainly fair to question its place amongst the other three, having beat Michigan State, BYU and Abilene Christian to reach the second weekend.
Michigan, Alabama and Florida State simply did what they were supposed to do in winning two games against lower seeds. But they all did so impressively and answered plenty of questions. Michigan entered the tournament with some doubts due to the foot injury to Isaiah Livers. Alabama didn't show any let up after winning the SEC Tournament, and Florida State avenged its ugly, turnover-laden ACC Championship game loss to Georgia Tech. I'm not buying the Bruins' legitimacy, but this trio all feels capable of winning two games and reaching the Final Four.
No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 4 Florida State
Key Matchup: Hunter Dickinson vs. Florida State's frontcourt. It's well established that the Seminoles are the biggest team in the country, ranking first in KenPom's average height metric. They're going to be able to run 7-foot-1 Balsa Koprivica, 6-foot-8, 260 pound RaiQuan Gray and 6-foot-9 Malik Osborne at Dickinson, which at worst is 15 fouls to levy on the Michigan big man. All are at least willing, if not capable, of stretching things offensively too, which will draw Dickinson out of the