Player to watch: Jerian Grant was the force that led Notre Dame — not Duke, not Virginia, not North Carolina, but the Fighting Irish — to the ACC tournament championship, scoring 24 points with 10 assists in the final against the Tar Heels. Grant is the only player in the country averaging at least 16 points (16.8) and six assists (6.6) while shooting at least 48 percent (48.6) from the floor.

Best matchup: Texas vs. Butler. Underachieving Texas squeaked in as an 11 seed, but the Longhorns have the athletes and could be a problem for the sixth-seeded Bulldogs.

Upset watch: Buffalo hasn't been in the dance before, but coach Bobby Hurley sure has. West Virginia's questionable backcourt could be exploited by the Bulls.