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Experts' Brackets: Mark Button | Seth Davis | Stewart Mandel | Larry Smith | Grant Wahl | Luke Winn | Alexander Wolff

Stewart Mandel's Prediction

It seems that one bad loss to UCLA has caused the entire country to jump off the Arizona bandwagon. Call me crazy, but not me. Nothing against Kentucky, a great team that's had a fantastic season, but Arizona when hungry (i.e. not the Pac-10 tournament, or a road trip to Washington) is the best team in the country, as witnessed by the phenomenal comeback and second-half domination they had at Kansas. Speaking of which, while the Wildcats' West region, on paper, is loaded, in reality Duke, Kansas and Notre Dame are all overrated, and Arizona will have little trouble with Illinois.

On the other half of the bracket -- feel free to refer to it as the J.V. bracket -- Texas has as much talent as Arizona but not as much poise under pressure. The Longhorns reach the Elite Eight but get knocked off by a dangerous Florida team many people are writing off simply because of their three-game losing streak. The Gators will be fine. So will Syracuse, which suffered an ugly Big East tourney loss to UConn but before that was on fire. The young but ultra-talented Orangemen are always capable of exploding, especially in the friendly confines of Albany.

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Bracket: Men
 Midwest South 
First Round
March 20, 21
Second Round
March 22, 23
Regionals       Regionals Second Round
March 22, 23
First Round
March 20, 21
Kentucky (1) Texas (1)
IUPUI (16)Kentucky Texas UNCA (16)
Oregon (8)Utah LSU LSU (8)
Utah (9) Kentucky Texas Purdue (9)
Wisconsin (5) Dayton Stanford UConn (5)
Weber St. (12)Wisconsin UConn BYU (12)
Dayton (4)Dayton Stanford Stanford (4)
Tulsa (13) MinneapolisKentucky Texas San Antonio San Diego (13)
Missouri (6) March 27, 29Marquette Florida March 28, 30 Maryland (6)
S. Illinois (11)Missouri Maryland UNCW (11)
Marquette (3)Marquette Xavier Xavier (3)
Holy Cross (14) Marquette Xavier Troy St. (14)
Indiana (7) Pittsburgh FINAL FOURFlorida Michigan St. (7)
Alabama (10)Alabama New OrleansColorado Colorado (10)
Pittsburgh (2)Pittsburgh April 5 Florida Florida (2)
Wagner (15)  Kentucky Florida   Sam Hou. (15)
Arizona (1)  Arizona Syracuse   Oklahoma (1)
Vermont (16)Arizona Oklahoma SC St. (16)
Cincinnati (8)Cincinnati. FINAL California California (8)
Gonzaga (9) ArizonaApril 7 Oklahoma NC State (9)
Notre Dame (5) Illinois Arizona Louisville Miss. St. (5)
Wisc.-Mil. (12)Wisc.-Mil. Syracuse Butler Butler (12)
Illinois (4)Illinois Louisville Louisville (4)
W. Kentucky (13) AnaheimArizona CHAMP Louisville Albany Aus. Peay (13)
Creighton (6) March 27, 29Memphis Arizona Syracuse March 28, 30 Oklahoma St. (6)
C. Michigan (11)Creighton Penn. Pennsylvania (11)
Duke (3)Duke Syracuse Syracuse (3)
Colorado St. (14) Creighton Syracuse Manhattan (14)
Memphis (7) Memphis Wake St. Joe's (7)
Arizona St. (10)Memphis St. Joe's Auburn (10)
Kansas (2)Kansas Wake Wake Forest(2)
Utah St. (15) E. Tenn St. (15)
 West East 
Experts' Brackets: Mark Button | Seth Davis | Stewart Mandel | Larry Smith | Grant Wahl | Luke Winn | Alexander Wolff

 
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