A year ago, Kansas went in with all the expectations. Self returns to his old stomping grounds, Tulsa, where he coached years ago. Will KU be tested early after being knocked off by Northern Iowa in the second round last season?
Illinois has underachieved all season. Can Bruce Weber get this team playing with a sense of urgency? Senior Demetri McCamey has to step up in order for Illinois to beat UNLV and give Kansas a game.
Injuries. Two of the key ones are in this region: Georgetown’s Wright is expected to return after missing the past few weeks with a broken wrist. Florida State’s Singleton is hopeful of coming back after missing the past month with a broken foot. Can these guys pick up where they
Illinois coach Weber opens up against UNLV coach Lon Kruger, who formerly coached in Champaign. If he wins, he’ll go up against Self, the guy he replaced at Illinois.
Purdue lost Hummel prior to the start of the season with another torn ACL, but the Boilermakers have exceeded expectations, and much of it is because of the stellar play of big man JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)