Marquette relied on a deep bench to pull off two shockers in the first two rounds. Against Xavier, they got 19 points from the reserves. In their second-round matchup with Syracuse, the Golden Eagles’ 27 bench points, highlighted by junior forward Jae Crowder’s 16, accounted for better than 40 percent of their total output.
UNC rolled against Long Island in the second round and found a way to gut it out against Washington in a thriller. Team free throw shooting has been a strength in the tourney: the Tar Heels have scored 49 points from the stripe in their first two games (49-65, better than 75 percent).