Mick Cronin feels fortunate to have avoided the significant injuries that have befallen some college basketball teams this season. Cronin's team is fully healthy and if that remains the case, the No. 15 Bearcats could be poised for a deep tournament run.
No. 5 UCLA has stubbed its toe at Arizona State twice in the last four seasons, including a two-point loss almost two years ago to the day of Thursday's visit by the Bruins.
Gonzaga enters Thursday night's game at San Diego as the top-ranked team in the nation with a 28-0 record while the struggling Toreros are just elated to be coming off a double-overtime win at Santa Clara on Saturday.