South Region Preview

Battle of blue at the top of the South Region

3/18/13 in NCAABB   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Mar 17, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Florida Gators forward Will Yeguete (15) blocks a shot attempt by Mississippi Rebels guard Marshall Henderson (22) during the championship game of the SEC tournament at Bridgestone Arena. The Rebels beat the Gators 66-63. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY SportsHave you signed up for our free bracket games yet? Do it! 

The Favorite: Well, according to expert prognosticator, Nate Silver, it is No. 3 seed Florida, and who am I to argue with him? Much like the Midwest Region, the South Region is very top heavy. The top four seeds in the South all could have been No. 1 seeds at various points in the season. Kansas, riding a Big 12 Tournament title, got the No. 1 seed, but Georgetown, Florida or Michigan all possess the talent to be No. 1. Kansas will be looking for all sorts of revenge in this region. The Jayhawks could face former coach Roy Williams and North Carolina in the round of 32 and VCU, who ousted KU in the 2011 Elite Eight in back-to-back rounds. Florida may be the favorite, but the Gators will need to learn to win close games to win this region. The Gators generally blow teams out, but were 0-5 in games decided by six points or less this season. That doesn't bode well for the NCAA Tournament. 

But watch out for: Michigan. A lot will be made of Kansas vs. Roy Williams and Florida and Georgetown, but Michigan is the best No. 4 seed out there. Sure, the Wolverines sputtered a bit down the stretch after their torrid start, but few teams can match Michigan's star power of Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. Good luck have the guards to hold both of them down. Either can take over at any time if you let them get loose.

Underrated: Minnesota. Yes the Golden Gophers went 8-10 in the Big Ten. Let's get past that. Their only non-conference loss came to Duke and they boast wins over Memphis, Michigan State, Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. If you were a No. 6 seed, is that the No. 11 seed you'd want staring at you in your first tournament 

Overrated: UCLA. The Bruins are no slouch, but they just have more bad losses than you would like to see out of a contender. Losing at home to USC? Bad. Losing at Washington State? Bad. Losing at home to Cal Poly? REALLY BAD. There are a few nice wins in there (Arizona twice, Missouri), but UCLA really lacks a marquee win. 

Where is this Regional? Arlington

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3/19/13   |   Scott   |   51982 respect

I like Michigan and Georgetown in the South Final.  G-Town moves on to the Final Four