How the rest of the NCAA tournament will play out

Pete Gillen, who coached Providence to the Elite Eight and guided Xavier and Virginia to the NCAA tournament, is a collegiate basketball analyst for CBS Sports Network. He appears in NCAA March Madness 360 and NCAA March Madness Bracket Breakdown throughout the tournament. As Steve Serby was told by The Post:

Shaheen Holloway was a tough, tenacious, brave guy and that’s how the team plays. You pushed him to the ground, he might bite your sneaker, he wouldn’t give up, he wouldn’t give up. Fearless and they’re in attack mode all the time, that’s what I notice about them.

Shaheen isn’t one of those egg-eating guys, Benedict – give me a coffee and a bun, that’s it, I’m ready to go. He communicates with the children and they believe in him.

He will do great work at Seton Hall. He’s one of them. It suits them perfectly, a former player coming home.

Regional Semifinals

Purdue over Saint Peter: There is a saying that in a fight it is not the size of the dog that matters, but the size of the dog. But Purdue is an elite team. Zach Edey, 7-foot-4 center sophomore, controls the color offensively and defensively, and Jaden Ivey has a big game, and KC Ndefo and Doug Edert are shutting down. The Peacocks have to turn them over. If the ball gets in the lane, Saint Peter is in trouble. They can, but defense needs to fuel their offense – the distractions that steal, take charge of attacks and get the big boys running.

You have a puncher chance.

I think they need 11-12 live ball turnovers and to get points from the turnovers. They have to make it a shoddy, ugly game and hopefully the umpires will let loose a lot so they can grab and claw and hit people and try to knock the ball loose. Ivey will be the best guy on the pitch and I don’t think Saint Peter’s have an answer to Edey and 6-10 Trevion Williams.

Everyone loves the underdog, so anything can happen if they can keep up.

North Carolina via UCLA: The Battle of the Bluest of the Blue-Bloods. Bruce Springsteen, The Boss, his most famous song is “Born to Run” and he would love it like the tar heels run and shoot, smack and dip. Armando Bacot and Brady Manek score inside and outside and the Bruins get cold on the rim and point guard RJ Davis trumps Tyger Campbell.

Regional Final

Purdue via North Carolina: The Boilermakers are playing in the tens of minutes with 10 players and Hubert Davis is only fielding six or seven players, so the tar heels are crushed by Purdue’s physicality and Ivey takes over the game. Two great rebound teams but Purdue wins this fight in the mud and in Kleber and Bloody Nose lanes.

Purdue's Zach Edey, who is 7-foot-4, steps up for a shot during the Boilermakers' win over Texas.
Purdue’s Zach Edey, who is 7-foot-4, steps up for a shot during the Boilermakers’ win over Texas.

Regional Semifinals

Texas Tech about Duke: The Blue Devils are very young and the Red Raiders are greybeards. The Red Raiders’ slow pace and physical playstyle frustrates Paolo Banchero & Co. Terrence Shannon Jr. and Bryson Williams have big games and this is the end of Coach K’s Hall of Fame career. I’d be happy for Coach K but I honestly cheer for the underdog.

Gonzaga via Arkansas: The Zags score as we breathe – very easily. Drew Timme and Chet Holmgren overpower Arkansas in low flight. JD Notae scores 20 points but doesn’t get enough help.

Regional Final

Gonzaga on Texas Tech: Star point guard Andrew Nembhard is having a field day getting the ball deep to Timme and Holmgren.

Middle West
Regional Semifinals

Kansas via Providence: The Jayhawks hurt the Friars with their switching play, Ochai Agbaji takes over and Remy Martin shines again. Providence turns cold on the outside, and big man Nate Watson doesn’t score much on the inside.

Miami via Iowa State: A battle of the guardians. Charlie Moore, Isaiah Wong and Kameron McGusty, all of whom can really score, against Iowa’s Tyrese Hunter, Izaiah Brockington and Gabe Kalscheur. The cyclones generate sales on one in four properties, but they’re too streaky.

Regional Final

Kansas via Miami: Too much size inside and too much Agbaji, with the help of Martin.

Shaheen Holloway, Bennedict Mathurin, and Mike Kryzewski
Shaheen Holloway, Bennedict Mathurin, and Mike Kryzewski
Bill Kostroun; Getty Images (2)

Regional Semifinals

Arizona via Houston: A juxtaposition of two styles – Arizona’s fast pace and Houston’s elite defense and offensive rebounding. The Wildcats are too big and athletic on the inside, and Bennedict Mathurin is taking over the game, and the tough, hard-nosed Cougars — like Saint Peter’s, but bigger, stronger, faster — have scored droughts.

Villanova over Michigan: For Villanova, Collin Gillespie is the cream in the coffee, the salt in the stew, the cream cheese on the bagel and the cinnamon in the cappuccino. Juwan Howard fails to prevent his semi-judicial execution. Big man Hunter Dickinson scores 22 points but doesn’t have enough help.

Arizona via Villanova: Tommy Lloyd has 7ft rim guards Christian Koloko and Oumar Ballo to shut down the paint, Villanova gets cold from the perimeter and Mathurin has a 25-point game.

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Arizona via Kansas: Agbaji can negate Mathurin, but Jayhawk’s big man David McCormack can’t match inside.

Purdue on Gonzaga: Edey dominates the suit and puts Holmgren in terrible trouble. Ivey scores 25 points while Timme struggles internally. Mark Few will one day win a championship. Matt Painter is a coach who learned a lot playing for Gene Keady.

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Arizona via Purdue: Mathurin is fearless and can score on all three levels. He outshines Ivey and the Wildcats’ three-man rim guards prove the difference.

I’ve got three of my Final Four teams left, and Rex Chapman may have announced “RIP Pete Gillen” — but I’m still vertical. How the rest of the NCAA tournament will play out


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