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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

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.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
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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