The West Area has a reasonably fascinating composition. Gonzaga was a straightforward alternative for the #1 seed however the bracket additionally has two of the groups that Gonzaga misplaced to in the course of the season in Duke and Alabama. Texas Tech, who the Zags beat months in the past, can also be within the bracket. I’m not certain if that familiarity is an effective or dangerous factor for a Gonzaga crew that might undoubtedly win its first title this season.
The West additionally has one among my favourite sleepers in Arkansas. The Razorbacks have been ousted within the SEC Match by Texas A&M, however previous to that they have been one of many hottest groups in America. Coach Eric Musselman has confirmed he can get essentially the most out of his guys this time of yr.
After which there’s Memphis…possibly the largest wild card on this entire occasion! (Good luck forecasting what these guys are going to do).
Listed here are the video games within the West that seem like the perfect values proper now.
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#four Arkansas Razorbacks vs. #13 Vermont Catamounts
Vermont is commonly the consultant from the America East Convention and it dominated the convention tourney this season. Vermont is an environment friendly offensive crew however the Razorbacks are simply an excessive amount of for the Catamounts, bodily and talent-wise, this season.
Vermont’s finest win was within the first recreation of the season in opposition to Northern Iowa. They performed 2 energy convention groups (Maryland and Windfall) and by no means bought nearer than 10 factors. Perhaps the impartial web site offers them a slight enhance, however I do not suppose the Razorbacks are going to miss them on this recreation.
As soon as Arkansas finds a rhythm it ought to dominate and win by double digits. Ryan Davis is a really efficient huge man within the America East however he’s going to search out it very robust in opposition to Jaylin Williams of the Razorbacks. If the Catamounts cannot win that matchup they will discover it very exhausting to remain on this one.
#7 Michigan State Spartans vs. #10 Davidson Wildcats
In case you are not impressed with a crew in the course of the season, that should not actually change simply because they qualify for the NCAA Match. Michigan State is a crew I’ve pale in a number of spots this yr. The Spartans simply do not have the expertise you suppose they do and so they closed the Massive Ten season on a 3-7 run.
They did win a few video games within the league event however that isn’t sufficient to get me enthusiastic about them in opposition to Davidson, the most effective capturing groups within the nation. The Wildcats gained the common season A10 title however fell to a determined Richmond crew within the convention tourney. The Wildcats have good positional dimension and you must suppose there’s some benefit to the truth that Foster Loyer was with MSU final season. That’s not going to be why they upset Sparty, but it surely going to be a narrative so get used to listening to about it. It is that point of yr.
#2 Duke Blue Devils vs. #15 Cal State Fullerton Titans
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Whether or not Duke will get a rematch with Gonzaga stays to be seen but it surely ought to have a straightforward time within the first-round recreation in opposition to Fullerton. This Blue Devils crew is loaded and despite the fact that their expertise stage could possibly be higher, it isn’t going to matter on this recreation. They’ll hold issues easy and simply dominate inside with Paolo Banchero and Mark Williams, each of who will look large subsequent to their counterparts. Perhaps the capturing is a bit of off early however the offensive rebounding recreation has been sturdy all season and makes it simpler for the Blue Devils to place up the variety of factors they should cowl a quantity this huge. It’s simply an excessive amount of to ask the Titans to even hold this one shut so play the chalk right here.