When the Pac-12 has an elite staff it’s typically the highest staff within the West Area. Arizona was superior this season however they’ve been pushed to the South Area as a result of presence of Gonzaga, this yr’s prime general seed.

Arizona goes to begin their Match enjoying the winner of #16 Wright State vs. #16 Bryant within the First 4 (I do not like when AQ groups have to do that however that’s one other story for one more day). Whoever wins is more likely to exit shortly, however there are many harmful groups within the Area together with Tennessee, one of many few groups that beat Arizona in the course of the season.

Here’s a take a look at the video games that supply the very best worth within the South Area as soon as the Match actually begins on Thursday.

South Bracket Greatest Guess

#Eight Seton Corridor Pirates vs. #9 TCU Horned Frogs
Pirates -1

Seton Corridor had a disappointing season however they will make up for lots of that in March. They will be on a variety of sleeper lists as a result of this staff is proficient, and performs protection, 26th within the nation in defensive effectivity. As with numerous Energy Convention groups who usually are not prime seeds it was consistency that was a problem for the Pirates this season. That’s the reason getting TCU as their first-round opponent was so lucky. The Pirates can beat the Horned Frogs with out having to play something near their finest recreation. TCU is able to being good groups, they’ve wins over Texas Tech, Kansas, and Texas, all in the previous few weeks. This recreation goes to be gained on the wings and the Pirates are simply higher there, with extra measurement and flexibility. They will be a tricky out (even for Arizona, who will get them subsequent)

#four Illinois Preventing Illini vs. #13 Chattanooga Mocs
Preventing Illini -8

The Illini had an early exit within the Large Ten Match, dropping to a determined Indiana staff. That knocks them down in my eyes by way of their championship ceiling however this can be a favorable matchup of their first recreation taking over Chattanooga out of the SoCon. The Mocs are not any pushover however they often play small and their finest win of the season was in opposition to VCU, a staff that didn’t even make the sector of 68. The hole between these groups in seeding is properly justified with Kofi Cockburn a large inside presence for the Illini at each ends. Surrounding him with robust shooters, the Illini ought to have little hassle with Chattanooga and might be that rather more motivated after final yr’s disappointing exit. There are a variety of guys from that staff nonetheless round. 

#7 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. #10 Loyola-Chicago Ramblers
Ramblers -1.5

The Buckeyes actually struggled down the stretch dropping three of their final 4 and failing to win a recreation within the Large Ten Match. Ohio State has gifted offensive gamers however it’s going to be a wrestle to try to beat an skilled staff like Loyola that’s dedicated on the defensive facet. The Ramblers is likely to be the upper seed within the event however the predictive metrics all say they’re the higher staff and they’re undoubtedly in higher kind proper now. It has been some time since Loyola-Chicago performed a staff pretty much as good as Ohio State however they might not have requested for a greater opponent. They eradicated Illinois final season for many who suppose they do not have it in them. 



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