NCAA: Wildcats look to carry momentum into Elite Eight

The Arizona Wildcats have handled the pressure of being a number one seed quite well in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament.

With impressive wins over Weber State and Gonzaga, the Wildcats are heading to the Sweet Sixteen to face San Diego State University this coming Thursday night.

While there has been a lot of busted brackets and madness already this March, the Wildcats have primarily avoided any thrilling or dramatic finishes in their two matchups.

Star Wildcat Aaron Gordon has been performing quite well for the team, averaging 17 points per game this tournament.  Arizona will need this consistency from him and Nick Johnson if they want to battle through to the Elite Eight and beyond.

The next matchup for the Wildcats is already drawing a lot of attention and curiosity across the nation.

The San Diego State Aztecs are rolling with momentum into the Sweet Sixteen, with wins over New Mexico State and North Dakota State.

Senior guard Xavier Thames is shooting lights out for the Aztecs, and is looking to help upset the Wildcats Thursday night.

For the Aztecs to complete the upset, Thames will have to continue to provide his leadership and scoring ability.  His 26.5 points per game could be a problem if the Wildcat defense cannot contain him and contest some shots.

Arizona should take care of business in this matchup, based off of the chemistry and consistency the Wildcats are running with right now.

If Arizona can win this matchup and move on to the Elite Eight, look for the intensity to heat up with a matchup against either Wisconsin or Baylor.

While Arizona has proven they are strong enough to hang with any level of competition this season, I am sure they are wishing against a meeting with Baylor right now.

Baylor has had a pretty solid performance thus far in the tournament, with their most recent win coming on an 85-55 beat down of Creighton.

On the other hand, Wisconsin has performed just as promising through their two wins over American and Oregon.

While Wisconsin and Baylor both have been playing tremendously, I expect Sean Miller and his group to make a serious push for the Final Four and championship game.

Remember though, this is March, and no game should be overlooked.  Expect a close game Thursday night, with the Wildcats prevailing and moving on to the Elite Eight.

Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson is a sophomore at Grand Canyon University.  Studying Sports Management, Adam is looking to work in broadcasting after graduation.  Adam is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota but has been in Arizona the past eight years.  Being from Minnesota, he is a hometown fan of all the Minnesota teams, especially the Vikings.  Sports have been a part of Adam’s life since childhood, and his passion for them has only grown over time.  He currently works in the Grand Canyon University Arena, where he does video work for many of the games and concerts.  You can follow Adam on Instagram and Twitter at @Mr_GCU.
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