Spotlight on the West Region of the NCAA Basketball Tournament

March Madness is here, and the first spaces are being filled in on everyone’s brackets with the First Round games in Dayton being played early this week. Next up comes the juicy, traditional craziness of the first two days, with 64 teams battling to build their resume and get one step closer to the Sweet 16. By the end of the wonderful first weekend, 52 teams will have had their date with destiny cancelled, and each regional site will finally know what four teams will be walking through its doors. Let’s take a closer look at the West Regional, topped by PAC-12 champion Arizona, a dominant team during the regular season currently weakened by having their best player, Brandon Ashley, on the bench with an injury.

Arizona will basically be standing for the whole region, geographically speaking, seeing how the other main challengers are from the heartland of America. Wisconsin, Creighton, and Oklahoma pose serious threats to Arizona’s march to the Final Four, and fellow West-coasters San Diego State and Gonzaga won’t lay off because of neighborly loyalties.

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2014 NCAA West Bracket

NCAA West Region Teams & Seeds

Seed Team Regular Season Info
1 Arizona PAC-12 Champs
2 Wisconsin Big Ten Contenders
3 Creighton Big East Sharpshooters
4 San Diego State Mountain West Champions
5 Oklahoma Big XII
6 Baylor Big XII
7 Oregon PAC-12
8 Gonzaga West Coast Champs
9 Oklahoma State Big XII
10 BYU West Coast Runner-Up
11 Nebraska Big XII
12 North Dakota State Summit League
13 New Mexico State Western Athletic Bid
14 Louisiana Sun Belt Bid
15 American Patriot League Champs
16 Weber State Big Sky Tournament Winner

NCAA Basketball – West Region Venues

With only one venue east of the Mississippi, the 2014 West Region venues have so many schools in the midwest of the US on the move for their first steps toward the Sweet 16 in Anaheim’s Honda Center.

Rounds City State Venue
2 and 3 Spokane WA Spokane Arena
2 and 3 San Diego CA Viejas Arena
2 and 3 Orlando FL Amway Center
2 and 3 San Antonio TX AT&T Center
Sweet 16 & Elite 8 Anaheim CA Honda Center

2014 NCAA Tournament Favorites – West

If Arizona had Ashley, they’d be far and away the favorites to run away with the not-so wild West Region. However, his absence gives the consistently physical Wisconsin Badgers and three-raining Creighton Bluejays a chance to pick off the Wildcats. Oklahoma, without the big names or titles like other Big XII conference members, has still enjoyed a strong campaign and appear to be peaking at the right time. If they make it into the Sweet 16, they could show Arizona the door early. The Oregon-BYU winner could topple Wisconsin before they ever make it to Anaheim.

2014 March Madness Preview

This year’s hype video for March Madness is, uh, killer. Enjoy the video and get pumped for the road to the Final Four.

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