While there is no home team during the NCAA Tournament, tonight's Sweet 16 game in Anaheim has the Connecticut Huskies flying across the country, while the San Diego State Aztecs merely had to make a 90-minute drive.
That may not bode well for Connecticut. Jim Calhoun's teams have historically done poorly in the Tournament when playing in their opponents' home state.
When both teams step on the court, there may be more to the matchup than the proximity from the game site and the respective campuses.
Perhaps more important will be the play of Connecticut star Kemba Walker. In the victory against Cincinnati, he scored 33 points, and was perfect from the free-throw line on 14 attempts.
The 6'1 guard will likely be guarded by either Aztec starters D.J. Gay or Chase Tapley, whom are 6'0 and 6'2 respectively.
San Diego State only has two losses this season, and both were to Brigham Young, who are lead by another high-scoring guard: Jimmer Fredette.
With Steve Fisher's team focused on Walker, the opportunity may arise for 6'5 guard Jeremy Lamb to outplay his shorter defender.
Lamb, who has averaged 14.4 points per game in his last seven games, made five-of-seven shots against Cincinnati, and made six-of-nine shots against Bucknell in the second round. He is the second-leading scorer on the Huskies.
But Connecticut will have their own defensive matchups to worry about.
The Aztecs have balanced scoring, but are lead by Kawhi Leonard. The sophomore forward leads the team in scoring (15.6 points per game) and rebounding (10.6 per game.) It may be Jamal Coombs-McDaniel's assignment to keep Leonard off the boards and prevent an offensive outburst.
Calhoun has already stated that Leonard is a better pro prospect than Fredette, and isn't sure how to contain him.
San Diego State has senior leadership, while the Huskies are a rather young team.
The winner faces the winner of Duke-Arizona.