NCAA regions, snubs, upset, stats
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TOUGHEST: The South. Kentucky is No. 1 seed and Duke No. 2, but the region has great depth. Wichita State, UNLV and Baylor are there and the Wildcats have potential third-round matchup vs. Connecticut. At the other end, Notre Dame is a No. 7 and gets a tough Xavier team in the second round. Indiana, the No. 4, could face tough Wichita State in a third-round game. If bracket holds, Kentucky vs. Duke in Atlanta.
DISAPPOINTED: Wash-ington, which won the Pac-12 regular season title, and Drexel, which won the Colonial Athletic regular-season title, were left out of the Big Dance. Overall weakness of the Pac-12 hurt the Huskies, and selection committee's choice of Iona cost the Dragons a chance to dance. Both could argue they were deserving.
LOOK OUT BELOW: Some second-round games that could be dicey for higher seeds: No. 4 Indiana vs. No. 13 New Mexico State; No. 7 Gonzaga vs. No. 10 West Virginia; No. 7 Notre Dame vs. No. 10 Xavier and No. 6 Cincinnati vs. No. 11 Texas.
CONFERENCE POWER: The Big East led the way with nine bids in the 68-team field, followed by the Big 12 and Big Ten (six each). The ACC had five teams, the SEC four.
EASIEST: There is no easy walk for any team, but Syracuse seems to have what could be an easier time getting to the Final Four. Ohio State is the No. 2 seed in the bracket, but Syracuse is clearly better than anyone in the top half of the bracket. Possible Sweet 16 matchup with Vanderbilt could be Orange's first tough game. Ohio State may get third-round game against West Virginia, which should have plenty of fans in Pittsburgh.
First Published March 12, 2012 12:00 am