NCAA Bracket 2022: Schedule and predictions updated after Wednesday first four | Launderer’s report

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish face one of the toughest tasks a First Four winner has had in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Notre Dame will have a quick turnaround from its double overtime win over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights to a late afternoon game with the Alabama Crimson Tide on Friday.

Mike Brey’s team must travel from Dayton, Ohio to San Diego overnight and then prepare for the sixth seed Crimson Tide.

Alabama appear to have an ideal draw to defeat the 11th-seeded Irishman, but the Crimson Tide haven’t been too trustworthy this season, and they face a distinct disadvantage against the team. from the ACC who could end the game.

The Wright State Raiders were likely already on their plane to San Diego by the time Notre Dame scored its first victory. They defeated the Bryant Bulldogs on Wednesday to meet the tough challenge of facing the top-seeded Arizona Wildcats during a short rest.

Wright State could stay with the regular-season and Pac-12 Tournament champion for one half, but the Wildcats’ powerhouse offense should end the contest fairly easily.

NCAA Tournament Bracket


No. 11 Notre Dame vs. No. 6 Alabama (-4.5)

Alabama has a clear advantage over Notre Dame when it comes to fitness.

The Crimson Tide waited in San Diego while the Irish fought their double overtime battle with Rutgers in Dayton.

Alabama should try to get off to a quick start to test how much Notre Dame has left in its legs.

Although it looks easy, it needs to be hammered home for an inconsistent Alabama team. The Crimson Tide have lost four of their last six games, but they have won over the Arkansas Razorbacks, Baylor Bears and Tennessee Volunteers this season.

The good version of Nate Oats’ team can beat Notre Dame by double digits. Alabama plays at the 12th-fastest pace in the nation and has the eighth-best two-point offense, according to KenPom.

Alabama can pass Notre Dame and tire the ACC team’s legs, but they have to stop one thing from happening.

The Fighting Irish scored more than 50 points in the paint against Rutgers, and Alabama lacks a dominant front-row player.

Notre Dame could use the combination of Nate Laszewski and Paul Atkinson to attack low, or they could call on Prentiss Hubb and Blake Wesley to charge further to the edge.

As long as Alabama limits Notre Dame’s paint production, it should tire the ACC team with its pace and come away with a first-round win.

No. 16 Wright State vs. No. 1 Arizona (over 156.5)

Wright State proved in their first-four win over Bryant that they have no problem moving around the court.

The Raiders produced 93 points Wednesday night, and they need similar production to match one of the most successful teams in the country.

Arizona is playing at the eighth fastest adjusted tempo, according to KenPom. He has the fifth-ranked two-point offense and sits 10th in effective field goal percentage.

The Wildcats eclipsed the 80-point mark in each of their three Pac-12 tournament wins in Las Vegas last weekend. Tommy Lloyd’s team has scored less than 80 points in a win once in its last 12 wins, so if Arizona beats Wright State as expected, they should be closer to the 90-point mark.

Arizona’s defense hasn’t been spectacular when it comes to point concessions lately. He has allowed five of his last nine opponents to score over 75 points.

It’s a positive sign for the Wright State offense which is trying to stay somewhat close to the Wildcats.

Wright State may have a better chance against Arizona in the first half as their adrenaline rush from Wednesday’s win carries through to Friday night.

The Horizon League champion could encounter some fatigue in the second half, which could allow Arizona to increase the score in the final 20 minutes and help the overshoot.

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