Graham Hays' 8 vs. 9 breakdown
(8) Texas vs. (9) Minnesota (at Bridgeport, Conn., 9 p.m. ET Sunday, ESPN2):
What happens when the resistible force meets the movable object? Minnesota's field goal defense ranked next to last in the Big Ten; Texas shot just 37.6 percent in conference play. This one might come down to second-chance points.
Beth Mowins' 7 vs. 10 breakdown
(7) Iowa State vs (10) Georgia Tech (at Des Moines, Iowa, noon ET Saturday, ESPN2):
Iowa State gets a virtual home game in Des Moines against Georgia Tech. The teams bring diverse styles of play to the contest in terms of tempo. The Ramblin' Wreck love to ramble up and down the court in a hurry, while the Cyclones prefer a methodical, slower pace. A game in the 60s suits Iowa State just fine, allowing the Cyclones to run their precision half-court sets while taking time off the clock. Georgia Tech relies on its perimeter quickness and ball pressure to turn teams over for transition points.
This could also turn into a 3-point shootout with multiple triple threats on both teams. Tech senior Chioma Nnamaka has tossed in close to 100 treys on the year, while ISU's Heather Ezell just set a Big 12 tournament record with her long-range shooting accuracy last week.
Iowa State has overcome the loss of two starting frontcourt players. Alison Lacey has assumed the leadership role in their absence; the front line must hold its own against Tech's leading scorer, forward Janie Mitchell.
The Cyclones are among the best in the nation in taking care of the ball while Georgia Tech led the nation in steals. Whichever side wins the battle of ball security has the decided advantage.
Charlie Creme's take
Who's Hot: 1-seed Connecticut. The Huskies stomped through the Big East tournament after avenging their only loss to Rutgers in a big way to clinch the regular-season title. Hot is sort of a given when the record is 32-1.
8-seed Texas. The Longhorns are easily playing their best basketball of the season. They won five in a row before falling to Oklahoma State in the Big 12 tournament -- and they were just a few possessions from winning that game. One could argue that this is the third-best Big 12 team heading into the tournament.
Who's Not: 10-seed Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets lost in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament, scoring only 43 points in the process. The offense was uneven for the final month of the season, when Tech went an ordinary 5-4. Finding that rhythm again won't be easy since, by the time the Yellow Jackets take the court on Saturday against Iowa State, more than two weeks will have passed since their last game.
Possible matchup to watch for: Jessica Adair vs. Ashley Walker. If No. 6 seed George Washington and third-seeded Cal clash in the second round, this is a potential battle between two outstanding bigs whom too few fans got to see this season. Which brings us to
Possible upset: George Washington over Cal in the second round. The Bears' guard play has been erratic and GW's Kimberly Beck is one of the best.