March Madness 2014: Who to watch in Saturday's Elite Eight games (video) – The Star-Ledger

Saturday is the only chance for a top seed to make it to the Final Four. Here’s a look at the key players in tonight’s Elite Eight games:


No. 1 Florida vs. No. 11 Dayton

6:09 p.m. (Eastern), TBS

WHEN FLORIDA HAS THE BALL: The top overall seed in the tournament came alive against a solid UCLA team Thursday. And unlike Stanford, Florida has the quickness and solid ball handlers in SEC Player of the Year Scottie Wilbekin, Kasey Hill (tournament-best 10 assists vs. UCLA) and Casey Prather to not be rattled by Dayton’s pressure. If the Gators get long-range shooter Michael Frazier II (team-high 19 points vs. UCLA) clicking early, this could be a ho-hum double-digit victory for Florida.

WHEN DAYTON HAS THE BALL: The Flyers do not have one dominant offensive player, and get it done with almost equal contributions from Jordan Sibert (12.4 ppg), Devin Oliver (11.9), Dyshawn Pierre (11.2) and Vee Sanford (9.9). Dayton moves the ball as well as anyone (19 assists on 28 baskets against Stanford) and will be tested by the Gators’ perimeter defense.


No. 1 Arizona vs. No. 2 Wisconsin

8:49 p.m. (Eastern), TBS

WHEN WISCONSIN HAS THE BALL: The Badgers like to work the ball around the perimeter, until Traevon Jackson or Sam Dekker slash to the basket. Ben Brust (11-for-20 from 3-point range in NCAA tournament) will be the player they look to most often outside. Frank Kaminsky is the team’s lone post player, but the Badgers’ leading scorer is crafty.

WHEN ARIZONA HAS THE BALL: Without the pressure they saw against San Diego State, the Wildcats should have an easier time of getting into their offense. That means more time with the ball in the hands of Nick Johnson, the Pac-12 Player of the Year, and T.J. McConnell. In the past month, freshman Aaron Gordon (16.3 ppg in the tournament, 22-for-30 from the field) has become more of a focus on offense and he’ll have a mismatch against Dekker near the basket.

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