NCAA Tournament: West Regional bracket breakdown

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Warning: I will not be responsible if you copy these brackets and are out of your NCAA Tournament pool by Sunday.  However, if you do listen to my college basketball wisdom and win some money, I want 20% of the pot or at least a shout-out on your twitter or facebook page.  In my opinion, the West Regional is the deepest and has the most exciting possible match-ups of the four regionals as it features ten teams who won their conference tournaments and enter the Big Dance playing a high level of basketball.

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99 in 99: #37 Murray State Racers

Murray State Racers

The 13th seeded Racers made a name for themselves by pulling off the first round upset of Vanderbilt in the first round of the NCAA TournamentMurray State almost advanced past the opening weekend giving eventual national runner-up Butler all they could handle before falling by two points.

The Racers will again be a force from the Ohio Valley Conference which is why they come in at #37 in my “99 in 99” which ranks the 72 power conference college basketball teams and top 27 mid-majors.  Click here if you missed teams #38-#99.

By: David Kay
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Bracket Breakdown: West Regional

By: David Kay

Synopsis
For some reason, Syracuse just dropped below Duke and earned the fourth #1 seed in the tournament pitting the West Regional against the Midwest Regional in the Final Four.  Jim Boeheim has said injured center Arinze Onuaku is NOT expected to play during the first rounds which makes the ‘Cuse more vulnerable.  If they survive and Onuaku is back for the second weekend, the Orange are definitely the team to beat.  Other than that, there is really nothing surprising about this bracket as most of the seeds went to teams deserving of that spot (except maybe Florida’s 10-seed which was certainly a bit eye-raising when it was announced.)
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