Each weekday, our college hoops experts discuss the biggest issues, trends and themes in college basketball.
1. Which of the remaining teams has the best backcourt?
Eamonn Brennan: Oklahoma feels like the safe answer, and it's hardly wrong, but the more I think about it the more I'd say Virginia. Buying into the UVa backcourt gets you a bonafide do-everything Wooden Award candidate having an insanely efficient season -- who helped his team to the Sweet 16 by guarding Butler's center -- and a hi-fade wearing lights-out 3-point shooter who has a way of making every big shot. Malcolm Brogdon and London Perrantes are hard to top, no?
John Gasaway: Can I name a team that probably isn't going to win the national title but really might have the best backcourt? Duke. Grayson Allen's tripping episodes may have have kept us from registering what he does the other 99.9 percent of the time, and Luke Kennard has started making 3s (he already made 2s).
2. Which of the remaining teams has the best frontcourt?
Brennan: Yeah, this is North Carolina -- easily. Johnson would be in the argument if Carolina didn't have another big on its roster. Throwing Hicks, Meeks, Joel James and tweener contributions from Justin Jackson -- who is 6-foot-8, by the way -- makes saying so a formality.
Gasaway: It's unanimous. The Tar Heels rarely shoot 3s, and when they do those shots rarely go in. Somehow North Carolina has one of the best offenses in the country anyway. Ergo, this is a pretty sweet frontcourt you're looking at in Chapel Hill.
3. Which player is due for a breakout game in the Sweet 16?
Katz: Nigel Hayes. The Wisconsin forward was 2-of-10 against Xavier and just 3-of-17 in the win over Pitt. He didn't make a 3-pointer, going a combined 0-for-11 on 3s. He's much better than his performance of late. He has contributed in a number of other areas, especially on the defensive end. But for the Badgers to win two this weekend in Philadelphia he has to produce on the offensive end.
Brennan: Well ... Marcus Paige is 5-of-12 from 3 in the NCAA tournament, which may sound average for any guard, let alone the Tar Heels' all-time leader in 3s, but is actually a major uptick in perimeter efficiency given Paige's strange struggles as a senior. Maybe this is the game he puts it all together? Or maybe it's Gonzaga's Kyle Wiltjer, the rare accurate 3-pointer shooter with the size to happily shoot over Syracuse's zone -- and another senior who has "struggled" relative to his career numbers this season.
Gasaway: Hield can give new meaning to the term "breakout." You say he already scored 36 points against VCU? Bah. Hield's the only player in the Sweet 16 who can score 30-plus and still give me the feeling there's still more to come.