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.
SOUTH REGIONAL at Memphis
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.
EAST REGIONAL at New York
Favorite: Michigan State. Yep, a four-seed favorite. But really. Are you going to take Virginia, Villanova or Iowa State over the suddenly-healthy Spartans?
Darkhorse: Connecticut. The Huskies usually aren’t in position to be labeled a darkhorse, but as a seven-seed, UConn could make some noise with an upset of former Big East foe Villanova.
Warhorse: Roy Williams. The North Carolina coach took Kansas to four Final Fours and has taken the Tar Heels to three. With softness in the top seeds, UNC could make a run.
Big 12 outlook: Iowa State is a three-seed, and if the Cyclones stay hot – like they were in the Big 12 Tournament – they could make the Final Four. Iowa State can be overpowered at times, but only Michigan State would appear capable of that.
MIDWEST REGIONAL at Indianapolis
Favorite: Louisville. Yep, another four-seed. This regional is loaded, with No. 1 Wichita State, No. 2 Michigan and No. 3 Duke.
Darkhorse: Kentucky. The young Wildcats are playing better. And they get Wichita State in St. Louis, which will be invaded by 10,000 UK fans.
Warhorse: Bob Hoffman. The Mercer coach was a Kelvin Sampson and a long-time winner in Oklahoma NAIA circles. Now he’s building a solid mid-major program.
Big 12 outlook: Kansas State’s brute strength will try to beat Kentucky’s young stallions, before a possible Sunflower State showdown with Wichita State. And Texas has Arizona State in a game more befitting of the Holiday Bowl.
Upset alert: Tennessee over Massachusetts. Tennessee has a play-in date with Iowa first, but if the Vols survive that, they could take out the Minutemen.