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Cody Zeller, Indiana. The versatile, 7-foot sophomore center can be unstoppable.

Doug McDermott, Creighton. A leading candidate for POY (player of the year), the rugged forward would be sure bet for MRP (most relentless player).

Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga. The long-haired, long-armed 7-footer from Canada is long on talent. He will have a highlight dunk or two, count on it.

Mason Plumlee, Duke. Had a superb regular season and was a big reason the Blue Devils survived Ryan Kelly’s injury.

Jeff Withey, Kansas. Shot-swatting 7-footer is a difference-maker at both ends.

Trey Burke, Michigan. Big Ten player of the year in the running for national player of the year.

Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss. The Mouth from the South can shoot to back up his trash talking.



No. 11 Belmont over No, 6 Arizona, West Region. The Wildcats have struggled at times defending the perimeter. The Bruins are one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the country. Get hot, Belmont could pull it off.

No. 11 Minnesota over No. 6 UCLA, South Region. The Gophers are athletic and would likely have given UCLA trouble before Bruins’ second-leading scorer Jordan Adams broke his right foot in the Pac-12 final.

No. 11 Saint Mary’s over No. 6 Memphis. The Tigers have failed to get out of the first round the past two tournaments. Saint Mary’s is scrappy and has a player who can get hot in Matthew Dellavedova.

No. 12 Oregon over No. 5 Oklahoma State, Midwest Region. Oklahoma State isn’t particularly good from the perimeter and Oregon has a scrappy defense. The Ducks also have a chip on their shoulder after winning the Pac-12 tournament and being dropped to a 12 seed.

No. 1 Western Kentucky over No. 1 Kansas, South Region. OK, it’s probably a stretch, but 16 will eventually beat a 1 and after this season of surprises, we decided to throw one in there.


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