Monday, March 14, 2011

Sportz Assassin's Southwest Region Preview

TEAM TO BEAT: Kansas. The Jayhawks are on a roll and, according to me, they are the best team in the tournament for the second consecutive year (well, we know how last season went).

TEAM THAT WILL WIN THE REGION: Kansas. I just said that I thought they were the best team in the tournament.

TEAM TO WATCH FOR (LESS THAN A NO. 3 SEED): Louisville. Rick Pitino knows a little something about the NCAA tournament and his Cardinals squad just reached the Big East title game.

YOUR CINDERELLA: Richmond. This is a team that can rain threes ... which is usually one of those ingredients for an upset. The Spiders did beat Purdue and can be a Sweet 16 team.

WORST SEEDING ERROR: Notre Dame. I just feel they deserved a No. 1 seed instead of Pitt ... and there is a good argument that they deserve one more than Duke.

HOME COURT ADVANTAGE: Kansas. Though Texas A&M could play in San Antonio, I'm not leaning on them getting to the Sweet 16 and their first weekend in Chicago isn't really an advantage. Kansas gets to play in Tulsa then San Antonio on their way to Houston.

MUST WATCH GAME: Vanderbilt vs Richmond. Both teams enjoy jacking up threes. That means a lot of fun for us as we could see some wild momentum swings.

MUST WATCH (POTENTIAL) SECOND ROUND GAME: Kansas vs Illinois. Probably not a great matchup, but this is where KU were ousted last year. Plus we get to see Bill Self go up against his former team.

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