Five Sweet 16 matchups to watch

Originally Published: March 22, 2007
By Doug Gottlieb | Special to ESPN Insider
There are numerous great matchups on tap in the Sweet 16, but here are five of the more crucial ones to watch:

A.J. Graves (Butler) vs. Taurean Green (Florida)
Green has the pedigree, the ring, the swagger and the big-shot-making ability to make UF the clear favorite to win the tourney again, but do not discount A.J or there could be Graves consequences. Remarkably similar in their deadliness from 3-point range, both Graves and Green struggled late in conference play from the field (Green shot 19 percent when Florida lost three of four in the SEC; Graves went 16 percent from the field in back-to-back D-I losses to Wright State and SIU). Although the Gators clearly have the inside edge with Joakim Noah and Al Horford, Brandon Crone's effectiveness from beyond the arc is mostly dependent on teams helping on Graves. Therefore, if Graves is hot, Crone will be open. The same might be said of other Gators if Green shoots at his normal level.

Joseph Jones (Texas A&M) vs. Joey Dorsey (Memphis)
To quote one C-USA coach, "The beauty of Joey Dorsey is that he is a man-child who plays like a man, not a child." Dorsey might average only 8.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks, but keep in mind he only plays 25 minutes a game, usually because of foul trouble. Memphis not only needs to shut down Acie Law IV but also must contain Joseph Jones (13.4 ppg and 6.8 rpg) on the inside, and the best way to do so is with Dorsey in the game. With Kareem Cooper nowhere near ready to play big minutes in a situation this big, Dorsey needs to play solid defense while staying out of foul trouble on both ends of the floor.


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