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Jon Rothstein’s NCAA Tournament Primer: Picks, Upset Alerts And Players To Watch

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March Madness

By Jon Rothstein

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MIDWEST

TOP FOUR SEEDS: Louisville, Duke, Michigan State, Saint Louis

PLAYER TO WATCH: Peyton Siva, Louisville

HIDDEN GEM: Colton Iverson, Colorado State

FAVORITE: Louisville

CHALLENGER: Duke

SLEEPER: Saint Louis

FIRST ROUND UPSET: Middle Tennessee State over Memphis

FIRST ROUND GAME I’D PAY TO SEE: Oklahoma State vs. Oregon

REGIONAL FINAL: Louisville vs. Michigan State

WINNER: Louisville

WEST

TOP FOUR SEEDS: Gonzaga, Ohio State, New Mexico, Kansas State

PLAYER TO WATCH: Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga

HIDDEN GEM: Malcolm Armstead, Wichita State

FAVORITE: NONE

CONTENDERS: Gonzaga, Ohio State, New Mexico, Kansas State, Wisconsin

SLEEPER: Arizona

FIRST ROUND UPSET: La Salle over Kansas State

FIRST ROUND GAME I’D PAY TO SEE: Notre Dame-Iowa State

REGIONAL FINAL: Arizona over Wisconsin

WINNER: Arizona

SOUTH

TOP FOUR SEEDS: Kansas, Georgetown, Florida, Michigan

PLAYER TO WATCH: Otto Porter, Georgetown

HIDDEN GEM: Treveon Graham, VCU

FAVORITE: Kansas

CHALLENGER: Georgetown

SLEEPER: VCU

FIRST ROUND UPSET: Minnesota over UCLA

FIRST ROUND GAME I’D PAY TO SEE: North Carolina-Villanova

REGIONAL FINAL: VCU over Florida

WINNER: VCU

EAST

TOP FOUR SEEDS: Indiana, Miami, Marquette, Syracuse

PLAYER TO WATCH: Shane Larkin, Miami

HIDDEN GEM: Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado

FAVORITE: Indiana

CHALLENGER: Miami

SLEEPER: Marquette

FIRST ROUND UPSET: Colorado over Illinois

FIRST ROUND GAME I’D PAY TO SEE: NC State-Temple

REGIONAL FINAL: Indiana over Marquette

WINNER: Indiana

FINAL FOUR:

Louisville, Arizona, VCU, Indiana

TITLE GAME:

Louisville over Indiana

NATIONAL CHAMPION:

Louisville

Who’s your pick to win it all? Sound off in the comments!

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