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Updated: March 16, 2014 11:57PM



Dub this region ‘‘The Wild West.’’ Loaded with quick-triggered offensive talent that figures to play at the next level, this region could debunk the idea of defense. Look for many of these teams to make it rain instead of playing a grind-it-out style.

The Top Five

1. I-80 bragging rights. Creighton and Nebraska, separated by about an hour’s drive, could meet in the second round.

2. Bo-ring? Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan always has coached defense, but Chicago-area natives Frank Kaminsky (Benet) and Ben Brust (Mundelein) make things interesting on the offensive end.

3. Home, sweet home. Baylor and Wisconsin play the first weekend in their home states.

4. Lottery picks. Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, Arizona’s Aaron Gordon and Creighton’s Doug McDermott all be lottery picks in this year’s NBA draft.

5. Foul ’em. Baylor shoots only 67.3 percent from the free-throw line.

Peaking

Of the top eight seeds in the region, Gonzaga is the only one to have won its conference tournament, having scored at least 70 points in its last five games.

Reeking

Creighton is 3-3 in March and scored a season-low 17 points in the first half of the Big East championship game.

Three-pointers

1. Oklahoma State’s Smart is actually the best player in the region, not national player of the year candidate McDermott, who averages 26.9 points per game.

2. Advance chalk to the Sweet 16, except for San Diego State. Oklahoma, which can flat-out score, will give the Aztecs fits.

3. Care for entertaining news conferences? Root for Nebraska. Tim Miles is the funniest coach in America.

Prediction

Arizona has the easiest road to the Final Four of any of the top seeds and the deepest team in the region.

1. Arizona

Site/record: Tucson, 30-4.

Nickname: Wildcats.

Coach: Sean Miller.

Conference: Pac-12.

Bid: At large.

Tournament record: 48-29, 30 years.

Last appearance: 2013.

Scoring: Team (73.1); Nick Johnson 16.2; Aaron Gordon 12.1; Kaleb Tarczewski 10.1.

Rebounds: Team (38.9); Aaron Gordon 7.8; Kaleb Tarczewski 6.6; Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 5.8; Nick Johnson 4.0.

Last 10: 7-3.

16. Weber State

Site/record: Ogden, Utah, 19-11.

Nickname: Wildcats.

Coach: Randy Rahe.

Conference: Big Sky.

Bid: Big Sky champion.

Tournament record: 6-15, 14 years.

Last appearance: 2007.

Scoring: Team (73.2); Davion Berry 19.1; Kyle Tresnak 11.8; Jeremy Senglin 11.2.

Rebounds: Team (34.4); Joel Bolomboy 10.8; Kyle Tresnak 4.8; Davion Barry 4.3.

Last 10: 6-4.

6. Baylor

Site/record: Waco, Texas, 24-11.

Nickname: Bears.

Coach: Scott Drew.

Conference: Big 12.

Bid: At large.

Tournament record: 9-9, 7 years.

Last appearance: 2012.

Scoring: Team (75.2); Corey Jefferson 13.5; Brady Heslip 11.8; Kenny Cherry 11.6; Isaiah Austin 11.0.

Rebounds: Team (38.7); Corey Jefferson 8.4; Rico Gathers 6.4; Isaiah Austin 5.5; Royce O’Neale 5.3.

Last 10: 8-2.

11. Nebraska

Site/record: Lincoln, 19-12.

Nickname: Cornhuskers.

Coach: Tim Miles.

Conference: Big Ten.

Bid: At Large.

Tournament record: 0-6, 6 years.

Last appearance: 1998.

Scoring: Team (67.0); Terran Petteway 18.1; Shavon Shields 12.7; Devell Biggs 9.9; Walter Pitchford 9.5.

Rebounds: Team (33.4); Shavon Shields 5.8; Leslee Smith 4.9; Terran Petteway 4.9; Walter Pitchford 4.7.

Last 10: 8-2.

5. Oklahoma

Site/record: Norman, 23-9.

Nickname: Sooners.

Coach: Lon Kruger.

Conference: Big 12.

Bid: At large.

Tournament record: 35-27, 27 years.

Last appearance: 2003.

Scoring: Team (82.2); Buddy Hield 16.8; Cameron Clark 15.3; Isaiah Cousins 10.8; Jordan Woodard 10.3; Ryan Spangler 9.8.

Rebounds: Team (37.7); Ryan Spangler 9.4; Cameron Clark 5.5; Buddy Hield 4.4; Isaiah Cousins 4.1.

Last 10: 6-4.

12. North Dakota State

Site/record: Fargo, 25-6.

Nickname: Bison.

Coach: Saul Phillips.

Conference: Summitt League.

Bid: Summitt champion.

Tournament record: 0-1, 1 year.

Last appearance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (76.4); Taylor Braun 18.2; Marshall Bjorklund 13.4; TrayVonn Wright 11.5; Lawrence Alexander 10.8.

Rebounds: Team (32.8); Taylor Braun 5.5; TrayVonn Wright 5.2; Marshall Bjorklund 4.3; Kory Brown 4.3; Lawrence Alexander 4.2.

Last 10: 9-1.

7. Oregon

Site/record: Eugene, 23-9.

Nickname: Ducks.

Coach: Dana Altman.

Conference: Pac-12.

Bid: At large.

Tournament record: 14-10, 11 years.

Last appearance: 2013.

Scoring: Team (81.8); Joseph Young 18.6; Mike Moser 13.5; John Calliste 12.4; Damyean Dotson 9.7.

Rebounds: Team (34.3); Mike Moser 8.0; Richard Amardi 3.9.

Last 10: 8-2.

10. BYU

Site/record: Provo, Utah, 23-11.

Nickname: Cougars.

Coach: Dave Rose.

Conference: West Coast.

Bid: At large.

Tournament record: 15-30, 27 years.

Last appearance: 2012.

Scoring: Team (84.2); Tyler Haws 23.4; Kyle Collinsworth 14.0; Matt Carlino 13.7; Eric Mika 11.7.

Rebounds: Team (41.2); Kyle Collinsworth 8.1; Nate Austin 8.0; Eric Mika 6.4.

Last 10: 8-2.

8. Gonzaga

Site/record: Spokane, Wash., 28-6.

Nickname: Bulldogs.

Coach: Mark Few.

Conference: West Coast.

Bid: WCC champion.

Tournament record: 18-16, 16 years.

Last appearance: 2013.

Scoring: Team (76.9); Sam Dower 15.0; Kevin Pangos 14.1; Gary Bell Jr. 11.2; Przemek Karnowski 10.2.

Rebounds: Team (35.7); Sam Dower 7.1; Przemek Karnowski 6.9; Kyle Dranginis 4.1

Last 10: 7-3.

9. Oklahoma State

Site/record: Stillwater, 21-12.

Nickname: Cowboys.

Coach: Travis Ford.

Conference: Big 12.

Bid: At large.

Tournament record: 38-24, 25 years.

Last appearance: 2013.

Scoring: Team (80.3); Marcus Smart 17.8; Markel Brown 17.1; Le’Bryan Nash 14.2; Phil Forte III 13.3.

Rebounds: Team (35.2); Kamari Murphy 6.2; Le’Bryan Nash 5.7; Marcus Smart 5.7; Markel Brown 5.3.

Last 10: 5-5.

3. Creighton

Site/record: Omaha, Neb., 26-7.

Nickname: Bluejays.

Coach: Greg McDermott.

Conference: Big East.

Bid: At large.

Tournament record: 11-19, 18 years.

Last appearance: 2013.

Scoring: Team (79.5); Doug McDermott 26.9; Ethan Wragge 10.5; Austin Chatman 7.4.

Rebounds: Team (34.4); Doug McDermott 7.0; Ethan Wragge 4.0.

Last 10: 7-3.

14. Louisiana-Lafayette

Site/record: Lafayette, 23-11.

Nickname: Ragin Cajuns.

Coach: Bob Marlin.

Conference: Sun Belt.

Bid: Sun Belt champion.

Tournament record: 4-10, 9 years.

Last appearance: 2005.

Scoring: Team (81.4); Elfrid Payton 19.1; Shawn Long 18.7; Bryant Mbamalu 12.5.

Rebounds: Team (38.2); Shawn Long 10.5; Elfrid Payton 5.9; Bryant Mbamalu 4.3.

Last 10: 8-2.

4. San Diego State

Site/record: San Diego, 29-4.

Nickname: Aztecs.

Coach: Steve Fisher.

Conference: Mountain West.

Bid: At large.

Tournament record: 3-9, 9 years.

Last appearance: 2013.

Scoring: Team (70.6); Xavier Thames 16.8; Winston Shepard 12.1; JJ O’Brien 8.0.

Rebounds: Team (37.8); Josh Davis 9.7; Winston Shepard 5.2; JJ O’Brien 4.7; Skylar Spencer 4.2.

Last 10: 8-2.

13. New Mexico State

Site/record: Las Cruces, 26-9.

Nickname: Aggies.

Coach: Marvin Menzies.

Conference: Western Athletic.

Bid: WAC champion.

Tournament record: 10-22, 20 years.

Last appearance: 2013.

Scoring: Team (77.2); Daniel Mullings 16.8; DK Eldridge 11.5; Tshilidzi Nephawe 11.1; Sim Bhullar 10.3.

Rebounds: Team (37.3); Sim Bhullar 7.9; Tshilidzi Nephawe 7.8; Renaldo Dixon 5.6; Daniel Mullings 4.9; DK Eldridge 4.6.

Last 10: 9-1.

2. Wisconsin

Site/record: Madison, 26-7.

Nickname: Badgers.

Coach: Bo Ryan.

Conference: Big Ten.

Bid: At large.

Tournament record: 25-18, 19 years.

Last appearance: 2013.

Scoring: Team (73.5); Frank Kaminsky 13.6; Ben Brust 12.9; Sam Dekker 12.7; Traevon Jackson 10.4.

Rebounds: Team (33.2); Frank Kaminsky 6.4; Sam Dekker 6.2; Ben Brust 4.6.

Last 10: 8-2.

15. American

Site/record: Washington, D.C., 20-12.

Nickname: Eagles.

Coach: Mike Brennan.

Conference: Patriot League.

Bid: Patriot champion.

Tournament record: 0-2, 2 years.

Last appearance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (63.9); Jesse Reed 13.9; Tony Wroblicky 12.2; Darius Gardner 11.5; John Schoof 11.4.

Rebounds: Team (30.1); Tony Wroblicky 7.3; Jesse Reed 4.4; Darius Gardner 3.7.

Last 10: 6-4.

WEST SCHEDULE

1. Arizona vs. 16. Weber State

Friday in San Diego

8. Gonzaga vs. 9. Oklahoma State

Friday in San Diego

5. Oklahoma vs. 12. North Dakota State

Thursday in Spokane, Wash.

4. Louisville vs. 13. Manhattan

Thursday in Spokane, Wash.

6. Baylor vs. 11. Nebraska

11:40 a.m. Friday in San Antonio (truTV)

3. Creighton vs. 14. La.-Lafayette

2:10 p.m. Fridayin San Antonio (truTV)

7. Oregon vs. 10. BYU

2:10 p.m. Thursday in Milwaukee (truTV)

2. Wisconsin vs. 15. American

11:40 a.m. Thursday in Milwaukee (truTV)



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