Region Preview: West

Arizona and Memphis are not the only two teams in the West region and takes a closer look.

Arizona was placed as the five seed against 12 seeded Memphis in the West Region, but there are obviously more teams to be aware of. Here is a closer look at Arizona's region:

Best team: Duke received the top seed and rightfully so. While Arizona fans may not like Duke, that still does not do anything to erase the talent. The Blue Devils should have two easy games before having a relatively difficult matchup in the Sweet 16.

Biggest misfortune: Not only does Texas get a four-seed but it is matched with a solid Oakland team with a victory getting the Longhorns Arizona or Memphis. The Longhorns may have struggled a bit down the stretch, but they are one of the better four seeds and an argument can be made that Texas is better than three-seeded BYU as well.

Best player: Nolan Smith has a good chance to be recognized as the best player in the nation and it would be just fine if he was. Smith averages 21 points with five assists and five rebounds per game while shooting 46.5 percent from the field. In other words, he is really, really good.

Best player you have never heard of: Keith Benson is a player any coach in the country would like to have. The Oakland big man averages 18 points, ten rebounds, and nearly four blocks per game. The initial thought is to say he played a lower level of competition until you notice that he had 22 and 15 against West Virginia, 16 and 14 against Purdue, 17 and 12 against Michigan State, and 26 and 10 against Tennessee.

Best first-round game: There are some decent games in this region, but none with the storyline of Arizona-Memphis. Josh Pastner will be facing his former school and it involves two teams that have some of the best athletes in the tournament.

Best potential second-round game: We would probably go with Texas-Arizona, but don't want to seem too biased. Figuring UCONN wins its first round game, the winner of the Cincinnati-Missouri game should give the Huskies some fits.

The pick: We find it difficult to see Duke losing in this region. Even though playing Arizona or Texas in Anaheim would be tough, the Blue Devils are just too experienced and have too strong of guards to lose. In the end, that experience should win out over UCONN and San Diego State as well.

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