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NCAA Tournament regional breakdown

Berry Tramel breaks down each of the four NCAA Tournament regionals.
by Berry Tramel Published: March 16, 2014

WEST REGIONAL at Anaheim, Calif.

Favorite: Top-seeded Arizona. The 30-4 Wildcats play big-time defense.

Darkhorse: Oklahoma State. Everyone’s saying it. The Cowboys are a dangerous team as a nine-seed.

Warhorse: Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan always produces quality tournament teams. His Badgers have been to five Sweet 16s in the last 11 years, with little NBA talent.

Big 12 outlook: OU and Baylor beware; 5- and 6-seeds are always vulnerable in the first round.

Upset alert: New Mexico State over San Diego State. The Aggies played a solid non-conference schedule, including two tough games with arch-rival New Mexico.


Favorite: Florida. The 33-2 Gators have two losses — 59-53 at Wisconsin and 65-64 at Connecticut, both before Dec. 3.

Darkhorse: New Mexico. The Lobos were stunned by Harvard in their 2013 tournament opener. They should be ready for first Stanford, then a crippled Kansas.

Warhorse: Jim Boeheim is a pain in the butt, but the guy produces; 947 wins at Syracuse, four Final Fours, 46-27 record in the NCAA Tournament.

Big 12 outlook: Kansas is playing without Joel Embiid, but the Jayhawks got a cushy road, at least before Florida. Scarred foes Syracuse and Ohio State are the only big names.

Upset alert: Ohio State won’t play Dayton in the regular season, but now the Flyers get the Buckeyes on the neutral court of Buffalo. It will be a holy war for Dayton.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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