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NCAA Tournament 2014: Texas Vs Arizona State Game Preview

Posted on 3/20/2014 by with 0 comments

Texas and Arizona State are perhaps the two most evenly matched teams of the NCAA tournament’s round of 64. Both feature large front lines, solid defense and, at times, struggle to score.

Here is a position-by-position breakdown and prediction for the second-round matchup.

Jahii Carson vs. Isaiah Taylor:

Carson is one of the country’s top scorers, finishing third in the Pac-12 at 18.6 points per game. Isaiah Taylor is the Longhorn’s spark plug and one of the nation’s top freshman, averaging a not-so-shabby 12.5 points a contest himself. But Carson is his team’s unquestioned leader, when he plays well they play well. Texas, while it needs strong play from Taylor, can, and has, won without him.

Edge: Arizona State

Javan Felix vs. Jermaine Marshall

The other half of a strong backcourt, Marshall is a talented senior guard who is second on the team in scoring at 15 points per game. Felix is the Longhorns’ streakiest player. When he shoots well Texas can hum offensively, when he struggles Texas tends to flop. It’s often a toss-up as to whether Felix will play well. Marshall, on the other hand, has been relativity consistent all year.

Edge: Arizona State

 

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