The West Regional, as expected, has seen its share of upsets. Here in Albuquerque, No. 5 seed Miami (Fla) went down to Missouri and Davidson came within a whisker of sending the Buckeye home. No. 6 Gonzaga could never find the basket and fell to Wyoming, while Arizona survived an incredible offensive display from Santa Barbara's Mark Hull and lives for another day.
In Pittsburgh, the No. 9 seed UCLA Bruins dominated Ole Miss, while Cincinnati did a number on Boston U.
In Dallas, the Sooner (No. 2) had all kinds of problems with Illinois-Chicago and Xavier come from behind to beat a surprising good Hawaii team.
So, what did you expect? This tournament, with its youth movement has gotten a whole lot more exciting. If you think you've seen a lot of upsets, you ain't seen nothin' yet.
Round two will be just as unpredictable!!!
No. 4 Ohio St. vs No. 12 Missouri – Brian Brown had a career and game-high 33 (almost half his team's points) in the Buckeyes 69-64 win over Davidson. Mizzou, on the other hand, received more balance scoring from Kareem Rush, Ricky Paulding and Clarence Gilbert. The Buckeye cannot win this game if they rely only Brown. The Tigers outside-inside game is much stronger and Ohio State is yet another overrated team on its way back home. Mizzou by seven.
No. 11 Wyoming vs No. 3 Arizona – The Wildcats got a scare from a very good UC-Santa Barbara and had to shoot 59 percent in the second half to pull out a five-point win. The Cowboys, with a win over Gonzaga, will come into this game with a lot of confidence. The difference is, the Cowboys don't shoot the ball like Mark Hull who had hit eight three-pointer for the Gauchos. Josh Davis is one of the most underrated big men in this tournament. Too bad the rest of the nation won't get to see more of him. Arizona wins in rout.
No. 1 Cincinnati vs No. 8 UCLA – The Bearcats have All-American guard Steve Logan and effective supporting cast of physical athletes who have run its record to 31-3. The Bruins are coming off a blowout win over Ole Miss. If the Bruins can keep their heads out of the clouds and get another big game out of Dan Gadzuric and Jason Kapono, the Bruins can upset Cinci. And that's exactly what will happen. Bruins by two.
No. 2 Oklahoma vs No. 7 Xavier – The Musketeers will have the most dominating player in the game in All-American power forward David West. Oklahoma will have the best "team" on the court. The Sooners will win this game with ease.
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