|SEC vs. Big Ten|
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Fran Fraschilla's analysis
No. 4 seed: SEC
Offense: This is an explosive offensive team in the halfcourt with five weapons. Pitino fools with Mashburn at the "point forward" spot to create mismatches and runs some NBA sets to get good looks for Person, Houston, and Jackson. And, he'll make sure the big guy is kept happy.
Defense: This could be a very average defensive team, although O'Neal will intimidate down low. Pitino must get creative and may have to play some zone. He will save the "matchup" press for the Golden Anniversary team in 25 years.
Intangibles: Pitino, an excellent motivator in his own right, brings Dale Brown out of retirement to be his "positive thinking" coach.
No. 5 seed: Big Ten
Offense: Knight shows up looking for Isiah Thomas but gets Cleaves, who reminds him of Quinn Buckner. This team will run "motion offense," which will be particularly good for Alford and Robinson, who will be very effective along the baseline. McHale has already been coached by Knight in the '79 Pan Am Games. Jackson, the fellow former Buckeye, quickly becomes a favorite.
Defense: Man-to-man, of course. There's a concern about Alford, Robinson and Jackson defensively. The whole must become greater than the sum of the parts as "helping" becomes the watchword.
Intangibles: A number of Knight's friends express an interest in helping out this team. At a typical practice, Pete Newell, Tony La Russa, Bo Schembechler, and George Raveling are in attendance.