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.