2016 NCAA Tournament West Region: previews and predictions

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More previews and predictions: SOUTH | EAST | MIDWEST

It’s all about getting hot at the right moment. Oregon won the final eight games in order to be awarded a one seed. Thankfully for Dana Altman’s Ducks, Wisconsin is not in their region. In the past two seasons, the Badgers booted Oregon from the tournament in the Round of 32. The Ducks are led by sophomore Dillon Brooks. He plays a team-high 33 minutes per game and averages 16.8 points per contest.

While Oregon will be happy with the one next to their team name, on the downside, they get the best No. 2 seed, Oklahoma. Senior Buddy Hield finished second in the country with an average of 25 points per game. Oklahoma, as a team, tied for second in three-point shooting as they connected on 42.6 percent of shots from long range (10.4 made three-pointers per game).

If they didn’t lose to Kentucky in the SEC championship, Texas A&M would probably be a No. 2 seed. That’s a huge turnaround for a program that hasn’t made the big dance since 2011. The Aggies have three players who average double-digits. The last time Texas A&M lost, they dropped the next three games.

The defending champs are the four-seed in this year’s tournament. For the 21st-consecutive season, Duke is on the bracket. This is their highest seeding since 2007 (No. 6). That year, they lost to VCU in the first game. The Blue Devils basically play with six guys. They have lost three of the past five games. Now, they’ll get an in-state opponent, UNCW, who would love to upset the empire. If Duke will survive and advance, it will be because of Grayson Allen. The super sophomore averages 21.6 points per game.

Other notables: No. 11 Northern Iowa, No. 12 Yale, No. 13 UNC-Wilmington

Round 1 Predictions: West Region

Matchup Adv % Avg. Score
1 Oregon 95.2 81.6  
16 Southern University 4.8 65.0 Simulate Game
8 Saint Joseph’s 19.3 69.5  
9 Cincinnati 80.7 78.7 Simulate Game
5 Baylor 72.0 85.2  
12 Yale 28.0 74.9 Simulate Game
4 Duke 63.5 85.0  
13 UNCW 36.5 81.9 Simulate Game
6 Texas 75.5 77.2  
11 UNI 24.5 68.0 Simulate Game
3 Texas A&M 75.9 90.2  
14 Green Bay 24.1 82.8 Simulate Game
7 Oregon State 51.8 77.8  
10 VCU 48.2 76.4 Simulate Game
2 Oklahoma 80.9 80.6  
15 Bakersfield 19.1 70.1 Simulate Game

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