Scouting reports, Sampson said, consider 6-10 forward Malik Pope as a “potential lottery pick.” He put Pope and 6-10 forward Jalen McDaniels on par with anything the Cougars have seen in the American Athletic Conference. He cautioned about the size of the Aztecs’ wings, a matchup that has given the Cougars trouble at times.
“If you look at the two teams, we are the 11 seed,” Sampson said. “If you look at their players, look at ours. We’re 6-foot, 6-foot, 6-5. I just like their roster.”
What Sampson does not like is the seeding process in the 68-team field. After the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds, Sampson said "everybody is about the same as far as I’m concerned.
“You can take that seed and stick it in a black Hefty bag and throw it in the Canadian River. Seeds mean nothing.”