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The Gators split with fellow SEC NCAA Tournament teams Kentucky and SC, and was 2-0 against Arkansas. The Final Four will be held in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale, Ariz., on April 1 and 3. The last three winners were flawless starting in the Elite Eight.

But let's be honest, it doesn't matter who you go with. First up is the East region, with the Midwest, South and West on tap for later in the week.

TBS and CBS are broadcasting Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight March 23-26.

- ON THE WRONG SIDE: Baylor, a No. 3 seed again this season and playing New Mexico State, has lost to double-digit seeds in its opener in the last two NCAA Tournaments.

Second round: Northwestern over Gonzaga, West Virginia over Princeton, Maryland over Florida Gulf Coast, Arizona over VCU.

No. 6 SMU is another value play.

While many people feel comfortable navigating their way through a bracket and making their own selections, some people are a bit newer to this and need some basic tips and guidance on how to look things over and get things done. That should be enough against a Virginia team that has struggled to score most of this season. I doubt it.* But I welcome you to take your best shot. That's unsafe for a higher-seeded team going up against them.

The trio of Hart, Jenkins, and Reynolds are 128-16 in their careers, and 8-2 in the NCAAs. FiveThirtyEight gives No. 10 Wichita State a 69 percent chance of beating No. 7 seed Daytona in the South Region. While fans are watching the likes of UNC, Duke, Wake Forest, UNC Wilmington, and NC Central attempting to advance in the tourney, another bracket challenge will be taking place in the Tar Heel State: Best Burger in North Carolina. Yet not everyone has bought in. Some pools include a cash prize, and some are just for pride.

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Additionally, there's a difference between a sleeper team and a Cinderella. A matchup nightmare for most opposing teams, Motley averaged team-highs in points (17.3) and rebounds (9.9). Saint Mary's is your team.

Fittingly, the East with overall No. 1 Villanova seems to be the softest bracket, but the Wildcats will have to deal with No. 2 Duke, which just won the ACC tournament, to make the Final Four. Four of those late-season wins, however, came against Baylor (twice), West Virginia and Oklahoma State and three of them were either on the road or at a neutral site, buoying the Wildcats' résumé. And with upsets a guarantee, picking well is harder than it appears.

If there was any debate about the top, it was about whether Duke (27-8) really belonged as a No. 1 instead of a No. 2, which is where it ended up.

The Troy Trojans, who won the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, is the #15 seed in the East Regional, and will play 2nd-seeded Duke on Friday.

"My main advice is to put circles around the teams that play the best defense".

Is it easy to pull the trigger on this type of bracket?

In Collins' case, he instilled such a strong sense of goal that his players already were donning T-shirts that read "Northwestern" on one line and "March into April" on the other.



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