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March 30, 2012

Premium Article Tournament Preview: The Final Four

by John Gasaway

It's been a while since we've seen this much chalk and this much NBA-track talent in a Final Four. This is going to be fun.

March 23, 2012

Premium Article Tournament Preview: North Carolina in the Midwest

by John Gasaway

The top-seeded Tar Heels may be without Kendall Marshall, but they're expected to get past Ohio anyway and face the winner of NC State-Kansas.

March 22, 2012

Premium Article Tournament Preview: Kentucky in the South

by John Gasaway

Hot-shooting Brady Heslip and Baylor will square off against a resurgent Tu Holloway and Xavier for a spot in the Elite Eight. In the nightcap the overall No. 1 seed Wildcats will face an Indiana team that can score points in bunches.

March 21, 2012

Premium Article Tournament Preview: Michigan State in the West

by John Gasaway

To defeat the top-seeded Spartans, Louisville will have to slow down an offense that's on an amazing postseason run. And speaking of slowing down, Florida will likely bring Marquette down to the Gators' preferred tempo in the nightcap.

Premium Article Tournament Preview: Syracuse in the East

by John Gasaway

With Boeheim, Badgers, Bearcats and Buckeyes coming to town, John says Boston will be a heavyweight clash.

March 13, 2012

Premium Article Tournament Preview: Kentucky in the South

by Drew Cannon

In his South preview Drew looks at whether Kentucky's stunning one-game losing streak means the Wildcats may actually be human. Also: 2-15 upsets happen next to never, and Duke is playing Lehigh in Greensboro. Still....

Premium Article Tournament Preview: Syracuse in the East

by Corey Schmidt

We know the Orange face a difficult path to New Orleans, but what about the other East teams and their paths to Boston? Corey channels his inner anti-anti-conventional wisdom and says overseed poster-child Southern Miss might actually have a shot against Kansas State.

Premium Article Tournament Preview: North Carolina in the Midwest

by Kevin Pelton

Conventional wisdom suggests this region will come down to Roy Williams against his old team. Though the numbers back that up, don't overlook some impressive lower seeds who have a chance to reach the Sweet 16.

Premium Article Tournament Preview: Michigan State in the West

by John Gasaway

Tom Izzo's Spartans were unranked to start the season, but they now sit atop a West bracket that features Missouri's amazing offense, a good deal of Big East power in the form of Marquette and Louisville, and two exceptionally dangerous middle seeds in Memphis and Saint Louis.

March 7, 2012

Premium Article Tournament Preview: Pac-12

by Kevin Pelton

The Pac-12 Tournament tips off today in Los Angeles with the conference hoping to avoid the ignominy of placing just one team in the NCAA tournament field. The upside is a wide-open competition for the automatic bid.

February 29, 2012

Premium Article Tournament Preview: West Coast Conference

by Kevin Pelton

It's a three-team battle as the WCC prepares to crown its champion, and for the first time in years Gonzaga isn't the favorite. Here's our look at the West Coast Conference Tournament.

April 1, 2011

Premium Article Tournament Preview: The Final Four

by John Gasaway

The highest seed in Houston is No. 3 Connecticut, but the team everyone's talking about is VCU. Meanwhile Butler is only making its second consecutive Final Four appearance. And is it possible for John Calipari to get lost in the shuffle?

March 23, 2011

Premium Article Tournament Preview: Buckeyes Loom Large in the East

by Ken Pomeroy

Ohio State is the favorite -- in Newark and in the entire Sweet 16. Then again Kentucky's a tough No. 4 seed, North Carolina is no slouch, and Marquette's coach describes his team very well.

Premium Article Tournament Preview: The Wide Open Southeast

by John Gasaway

There's no big scary No. 1 seed in the Southeast, where Florida will try to slow down Jimmer Fredette and BYU. Then in the nightcap Wisconsin will face a Butler team seeking its second consecutive appearance in the Elite Eight.

Premium Article Tournament Preview: Soft Southwest for Jayhawks?

by Ken Pomeroy

As the only single-digit seed in San Antonio, Kansas is supposed to have an easy path to the Final Four. Then again there's a one-in-three chance KU doesn't get to Houston and that Florida State, Richmond, or VCU will be there instead.

March 22, 2011

Premium Article Tournament Preview: Duke Rises in the West

by John Gasaway

The Blue Devils didn't exactly look invincible in their two-point win over Michigan, but the brackets have given them what the odds say is a relatively kind pairing: Arizona. Also in Anaheim: can Jimmer-trained San Diego State slow down Kemba Walker and Connecticut?

March 16, 2011

Tournament Preview: Duke in the West

by Ken Pomeroy

The Blue Devils, Texas, and San Diego State headline a top-heavy bracket in the West, as Coach K's team defends its title -- possibly with Kyrie Irving in the lineup.

March 15, 2011

Premium Article Tournament Preview: Kansas in the Southwest

by Kevin Pelton

The top four seeds stand an excellent chance of advancing to the regional in San Antonio, but whoever gets there is in for intriguing matchups for the right to stay in Texas an extra week.

Premium Article Tournament Preview: Ohio State in the East

by John Gasaway

Can Ohio State become the first overall 1 seed in four years to win the national title? Step one is making it past the first weekend, something last year's top seed failed to do.

Premium Article Tournament Preview: Pitt in the Southeast

by Asher Fusco

A good chunk of last year's Elite Eight is here, not to mention Ben Howland, Billy Donovan, and two teams that already have 30 wins. But the Panthers are the favorites.

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