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Saturday's second-round games
No. 1 Washington vs. No. 8 Pacific
SITE: Boise, Idaho
TIME: 3:20 p.m.
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Washington d. N0. 16 Montana 88-77; Pacific d. No. 9 Pittsburgh 79-71.
THE BUZZ: The Huskies had some trouble with Montana, and they need to play much better today if they're to beat Pacific. Gs Nate Robinson, Tre Simmons and Will Conroy are going to get the better of their Pacific counterparts, but the Huskies' frontcourt remains a concern. Washington was outrebounded by Montana in the first round. Pacific has a lot of height and out-toughed a physical Pitt team in the first round. Big men Christian Maraker, Tyler Newton and Guillaume Yango need to be active on the offensive end. PG David Doubley must keep in mind that the Tigers cannot get into a running game with the Huskies. It would help Pacific's cause if it can hit some 3-pointers. For Pacific to pull the upset, it needs to keep the game in the 70s.
No. 2 Wake Forest vs. No. 7 West Virginia
TIME: 8 p.m.
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Wake d. No. 15 Chattanooga 70-54, WVU d. No. 10 Creighton 63-61.
THE BUZZ: The offenses will be the focal point. Wake struggled mightily for a half against outmanned Chattanooga, and the Deacons need to play with a sense of urgency from the opening tap. Wake Gs Chris Paul, Justin Gray and Taron Downey will enjoy a quickness advantage against the Mountaineers, but they can't be content to just jack up 3-pointers. It's vital that Wake C Eric Williams do dome damage in the low post; WVU doesn't have anyone who can guard him. WVU has a perimeter-oriented attack, and it must hit its 3-pointers to win this. WVU 6-10 F Kevin Pittsnogle is a big-time outside threat, so look for Wake to put 6-9 Jamaal Levy on him. If Williams scores at least 15, Wake should win.
No. 3 Gonzaga vs. No. 6 Texas Tech
SITE: Tucson, Ariz.
TIME: 1:10 p.m.
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Gonzaga d. No. 14 Winthrop 74-64; Texas Tech d. No. 11 UCLA 78-66
THE BUZZ: Don't expect a lot of defense. Instead, expect a lot of good perimeter play. Tech has an excellent guard duo in Jarrius Jackson and the vastly underrated Ronald Ross. But they'd better be on from the outside because Tech's frontcourt is nothing special. That is Gonzaga's advantage. In Ronny Turiaf and J.P. Batista, the Zags have the low-post threats to hurt the Red Raiders. Gonzaga's star, though, is F Adam Morrison. He has an unreal mid-range game and also can pop the occasional 3-pointer. Zags G Errol Knight must avoid foul trouble because his defense will be needed.