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1. Four ACC teams play in Sweet 16 games Friday. How many do you expect to get to the Elite Eight?
Andy Katz: Two: Virginia and North Carolina.
Jeff Goodman: I'm going with four-for-four. Virginia, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Syracuse will all come out on top.
Dana O'Neil: Three: Virginia, North Carolina and Notre Dame. Even as tough as the Syracuse zone has been, I'm not sure the Orange have the offensive firepower to keep up with Gonzaga. As for the others -- Virginia's defense will rattle Iowa State; the Tar Heels are just too deep for an undermanned Indiana team, and the Irish have too much firepower for Wisconsin.
2. What's the best defensive strategy for Virginia when attempting to stop Iowa State's Georges Niang?
Katz: The Cavaliers just can't let anyone else beat them. Virginia has the ability to shut down Iowa State's other scorers.
Goodman: Don't go for his shot fake. That's the key because he consistently finds a way to get defenders off balance.
O'Neil: Limit his touches and limit possessions. Considering how the Cavaliers play, the second is a lot easier than the first. I'll be curious, though, to see who Virginia puts on Niang. Denying him the ball is the best way to keep him from hurting you.
3. Does Indiana have the frontcourt strength to limit North Carolina's Brice Johnson?
Katz: Yes. But it's unlikely. Thomas Bryant will stop Johnson only if he can get him in foul trouble. The problem for Bryant is Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks will provide cover for Johnson so he can avoid foul trouble.
Goodman: The problem is that it's more than only Johnson. UNC has a bunch of bigs up front -- with Meeks, Hicks and Joel James. Bryant has to stay out of foul trouble and hold his own on the glass.
O'Neil: It's a big job for Bryant, bigger certainly than last week's game against Kentucky. The trouble is, the Tar Heels' big men come at you in waves -- like a hockey line change. Bryant can handle them one-on-one, but he can ill afford foul trouble, and he's going to have to find some gaps in the game to take much-needed rest.
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