Every year we break down each region in advance of the Thursday games. In each region we pick an overseeded team, an underseeded team, a team that is easy to like, a team that's easy to hate, a danger team, a team that's fun to watch, and finally a player and matchup to watch. Compiled here is a quick link to each of those region breakdowns, as well as a link to the tv schedule. Use our 2016 NCAA Tournament section to stay up to date as the games happen every day.
Xavier landed here as the two seed. The upper half of the region is loaded with Indiana, UNC, and UK all landing in the same eighth of the overall bracket. Xavier could meet old foe Bob Huggins and West Virginia in the Sweet 16 if things play out by seed. Big East foe Providence has a really tough row to hoe with a potential second round matchup against the Tar Heels.
The red hot Isaiah Whitehead and the Seton Hall Pirates are the Big East connection here. The game getting most of the publicity right now is a potential matchup between top seed Michigan State and second seed Virginia. The Spartans have knocked the Cavaliers out of the tournament each of the last two years.
Three Texas teams landed in the same region with Baylor, Texas, and Texas A&M all vying for the same Final Four spot. This region has the potential to get a Xavier fans blood boiling with UC, St. Joe's, and Duke all lurking around threatening to take the shine off March for everyone. Oklahoma and Buddy Hield will dominate the headlines in the West.
A region topped by Kansas and Villanova seems like one that is destined to have a lower seed earn the big into the Final Four. Two of the most talented teams in the tournament, Maryland and Cal, lie in wait should the top two seeds falter. Iowa staggered late, but they to represent a serious threat to the top ranked teams.
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