NCAA preview: Arizona vs. San Diego State, Iowa State vs. Connecticut


No. 1 Arizona vs. No. 4 San Diego State
At the top of the West region, No. 1 Arizona faces off against No. 4 San Diego State. Both teams were upset as No. 1 seeds in their conference tournaments and have had a good showing in the first two rounds of the tournament.

This game features elite defenses, with both teams having top-five scoring defenses. Look for a low scoring game, with the Wildcats pulling it out in the end because of their skills on the boards allowing them to get second opportunities.

Prediction: Arizona 64, San Diego State 61

No. 3 Iowa State vs. No. 7 Connecticut
At the bottom of the East region, the Big 12 champion No. 3 Iowa State goes against No. 7 Connecticut. The Cyclones will face the Huskies without their star sophomore guard, Georges Niang.

They will have to rely on Big 12 player of the year, senior forward Melvin Ejim, to spark their team against the Huskies star guard Shabazz Napier, who averages 17.8 points per game.

Look for a high scoring game, with Ejim and the Cyclones being able to shut down Napier and the Huskies.

Prediction: Iowa State 83, Connecticut 76