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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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