Daily Word: Started with 68, now we'll have four
Every day, Andy Katz leads a panel of our college hoops experts in a discussion of the biggest issues, trends and themes happening in and around college basketball.
1. Michigan's Jordan Morgan has had a big March. Any chance he can slow Kentucky's Julius Randle?
Andy Katz: Yes. Morgan has the chops to hang with Randle. Give John Beilein 24 hours and he will figure out a way to stop Randle.
Dana O'Neil: Morgan can hang with Randle, but I'm more intrigued to see how Michigan draws him out of his comfort zone defensively. The Wolverines may not be able to go shot for shot inside, but if they extend Kentucky, it could get interesting
Myron Medcalf: Yes, there's a chance, if he gets some help. But he can't do it alone. Randle is a handful for any player in the league. The Wolverines must swarm him.
2. UConn got out of the gate fast against Iowa State. How does Michigan State make sure that doesn't happen Sunday?
Katz: The Spartans will need to push up on UConn's guards. Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright can't be allowed to go isolation. Gary Harris, Travis Trice and Keith Appling can contain Napier and Boatright.
O'Neil: UConn goes as its guards go, and the best way to slow a hot start is to slow Napier and Boatright. The Spartans need to use their size to prevent those two from getting in the lane or to the hoop.
Medcalf: Michigan State has more athletic defenders and the Spartans are more equipped to deal with UConn in man-to-man schemes. Plus, they have Gary Harris and Branden Dawson, who can neutralize Napier. And if they can do that, they'll win.
Katz: Michigan State and Michigan. The Big Ten pull a Big East 1980s-like representation in Texas. Both schools were able to handle the adversity of injuries.
O'Neil: Michigan State and Kentucky, and for the same reason. Both teams have too much size and work too hard inside and on the boards to lose.
Medcalf: I think Kentucky is rolling right now. The Wildcats are everything we thought they could be. It'll be the Wildcats tomorrow. Michigan State, too.
The Latest Dish
With a little more than eight minutes left in Sunday's Midwest Region final, Aaron Harrison had not scored a single point. Not one. Then it started. The freshman guard scored 12 points down the stretch to lift Kentucky to a 75-72 win over Michigan and a spot in the Final Four.
The biggest shot, though, came 2.3 seconds left. With the scored tied, Harrison rose for a long 3-pointer. It went in and Kentucky's long and winding season continued on, the next stop North Texas.
Games To Watch
The Spartans cannot allow Shabazz Napier to get hot early as he did on Friday against Iowa State. Napier hit four 3-pointers in the game's first 11 minutes to give the Huskies a halftime lead they would never relinquish.
Kentucky was the preseason No. 1 team and now is just one win away from the Final Four. The Wildcats would like to forget some things that happened in between, like losses to LSU and Arkansas, but they're here now and playing their best basketball.