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KENTUCKY (4) vs. Princeton (13) _ The Wildcats have NBA first-round talent. The Tigers have NCAA first-round talent.

MARQUETTE (11) vs. Xavier (6) _ The Golden Eagles’ late run in the Big East was more impressive than the Musketeers’ quick flame out in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

SYRACUSE (3) vs. Indiana State (14) _ It’s always a big advantage for the Orange to get out of the Big East and face teams that haven’t seen their zone defense.

WASHINGTON (7) vs. Georgia (10) _ The Huskies have players who have made big plays, and the cross-country trip shouldn’t bother them.

NORTH CAROLINA (2) vs. Long Island U. _ LIU likes to try and score. The Tar Heels score.

THIRD ROUND

OHIO STATE (1) vs. Villanova (9) _ The Wildcats just don’t have an inside presence to handle freshman Jared Sullinger.

WEST VIRGINIA (5) vs. Kentucky (4) _ The way the Wildcats shot 3s so poorly in this regional final last year, it should take more than one season for the effects to wear off.

SYRACUSE (3) vs. Marquette (11) _ In what could be the first of hundreds of Big East matchups, the Orange use their size to prevail.

NORTH CAROLINA (2) vs. Washington (7) _ The Tar Heels have enough size to handle the Huskies up front and enough quickness to prevail in the backcourt.

REGIONAL SEMIFINALS

OHIO STATE (1) vs. West Virginia (5) _ This should be the first time the Buckeyes have to turn to their veterans to win a game.

SYRACUSE (3) vs. North Carolina (2) _ The Orange have enough size in the back of the zone to keep the Tar Heels’ away from the boards and enough quickness to offset Carolina’s transition game.

REGIONAL FINAL

SYRACUSE (3) vs. Ohio State (1) _ Sullinger should have his hands full with Syracuse’s Rick Jackson underneath, and one day of practice won’t be enough time for the Buckeyes to get ready for the matchup zone.

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