|Written by Michael Patrick|
Bet on NCAABDefinitely not the toughest regional in the tournament, but it is not the weakest either, so let's start the conversation off in the Southwest.
Obviously, the team to beat in the Southwest is Kansas. The Jayhawks come into the tournament 32-2 with a conference and a conference tournament title under their belt, and perhaps the most dominating offense in the country. The Jayhawks, who won a national championship in 2008 under their current head coach Bill Self, are led by point guard Tyshawn Taylor and the dominant post duo of Marcus and Markief Morris. The Morris' twins average 31.5 points and 15 rebounds combined per game this season. Their deadly offense averages 82.5 points per game and they lead the nation in field goal percentage, a ridiculous 51%.
Other teams to watch in the Southwest include the Louisville Cardinals. Rick Pitino is one of the most experienced coaches in the entire tournament, and his club is well-balanced, and their athleticism and up-tempo style could give teams fits. A second team in the Southwest that you need to keep an eye on is Texas A & M. The Aggies started the season 16-1 and were really a team to watch; However, things slowed for the Aggies when they got into conference play, but keep your eye on these Aggies; they have got some of their early season swagger back.
Finally, the play-in game for the Southwest involves VCU and USC. These teams will be playing for the eleventh seed and a chance to play the Georgetown Hoyas. The Hoyas could make a little noise from their sixth seed even though they struggled near the end of the year. The return of star Chris Smith makes the Hoyas a different squad entering the tournament. It will be interesting to see what they can do now that they are back at full-strength.