SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — No. 2 seed Arizona (30-4) vs No. 14 seed North Dakota (22-9) First round, West region; Salt Lake City; 9:50 p.m. EDT.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — No. 2 seed Arizona (30-4) vs No. 14 seed North Dakota (22-9)
First round, West region; Salt Lake City; 9:50 p.m. EDT.
BOTTOM LINE: Arizona is one of the hottest teams in the country after winning the Pac-12 regular-season and tournament titles. The Wildcats have advanced to the Elite Eight three times under coach Sean Miller, but have not reached the Final Four since 2001. Anything less will be a disappointment.
FAB FROSH: Arizona freshman forward Lauri Markkanen is expected to be a high first-round pick in the NBA draft if he leaves after the tournament. He averaged 15.6 points per game, 7.1 rebounds and shot 43.2 percent from 3-point range.
BACK WITH A VENGENCE: Arizona guard Allonzo Trier missed the first 19 games of the season due to testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. He has been on a tear since returning, averaging 17.3 points per game and being named Most Outstanding Player of the Pac-12 Tournament.
NEWBIE: The Fighting Hawks are making their NCAA Tournament debut as a Division I program. North Dakota advanced to the Elite Eight seven times while in Division II. The athletic department became a full-time member of Division I in 2012-13.