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WEEK TWO PREVIEW: ATLANTA REGION
March 21, 2006

Also See > Complete Atlanta Region Preview

(1) DUKE vs (4) LSU

SCS.com The Devils and Tigers prevailed according to seed, setting up one of the best matchups in the paint that we've seen all year long. LSU's Glen Davis, the only player in the SEC to average a double-double with nearly 19 points and 10 boards per game, will go toe-to-toe with Duke's Shelden Williams, a First Team All-American whose stats basically mirror those of Davis. And speaking of All-Americans, J.J. Redick will continue his race for player of the year honors as he attempts to lead the Devils into the Elite Eight. Countering Redick, the performance of Tiger guard Darrel Mitchell, a 40% shooter from beyond the arc himself, will be crucial in the Tigers' bid to stay alive.

The youth factor will be interesting to watch in this matchup as well. Two of LSU's top four scorers, forwards Tyrus Thomas and Tasmin Mitchell, are freshmen. That pair combines for two dozen points per contest for the Tigers. Duke will play a pair of freshmen significant minutes as well. Greg Paulus is the Devils' starting point guard and averages 7 points and 5 assists per game, while fellow freshman forward Josh McRoberts scores 9 per game while grabbing five rebounds per contest. Watching the veteran stars will be fun, but the real deciding factor in Thursday night's game is likely to be the play of these youngsters.

STAFF PREDICTIONS
BEN CORTNEY DAVID JEFF JONATHAN REED
Duke Duke Duke Duke Duke Duke

(2) TEXAS vs (6) WEST VIRGINIA

Both teams seem to have quietly gone about their business in rounds one and two. The Longhorns snuck past Pennsylvania before dismantling NC State, while West Virginia took down upset-minded Southern Illinois and Northwestern State in back-to-back games to move on to the Sweet Sixteen. Both squads spent time ranked in the top ten this season, though it was the Longhorns who stayed highly-ranked late in the season, while WVU dropped five of their last eight and slipped all the way to a six-seed. That's the bad news for the Mountaineers. The bad news for Texas is that we've seen the top ten-ranked Mountaineers at their best several times this season, like that two week span in mid-January when they knocked off Villanova, Georgetown, Marquette, and UCLA consecutively by an average of eight points each.

West Virginia looks to advance by way of the three-point shot. Virtually every player the Mountaineers put on the floor can pop it from downtown, including 6'11 forward Kevin Pittsnogle (39%) and guard Mike Gansey (43%). While the Longhorns can hurt you from beyond the arc too, UT looks to do some banging down low much more than does WVU. Forward P.J. Tucker averages more than 16 points and 9 rebounds per game and is a beast to guard. He plays physical on both ends of the floor and loves to take it to the hole. Big man LaMarcus Aldridge is growing up with each passing game, while guards Daniel Gibson, Kenton Paulino, and A.J. Abrams all shoot better than 38% from three-point range. To take down the 'Horns, WVU must be able to bang with UT's big men. If Texas hopes to advance, they'll have to avoid being bombarded by the three-point shot.

STAFF PREDICTIONS
BEN CORTNEY DAVID JEFF JONATHAN REED
Texas Texas Texas Texas WVU WVU

REGIONAL FINAL

The majority says it will be a Devil-Horns matchup with a Final Four bid on the line, which would be fitting since both are ranked among the top five teams in the nation according to the SCS.com Fab 15. But regardless of which two teams meet in the regional final, it should be a dandy matchup.

STAFF PREDICTIONS
BEN CORTNEY DAVID JEFF JONATHAN REED
Duke Texas Duke Duke Duke Duke

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