NCAA Tournament 2013 preview: South Region


We know you need help filing out your brackets, so we have your below. Below you’re find everything you need to know about what’s going to happen in the South Region.

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The team that is primed to pull off the round of 64 upset: Minnesota

It’s not an understatement to say that Minnesota has been one of the biggest disappointments in country. After starting the season 15-1 and being ranked as high as #8, the Gophers lost 9 of their last 16. Luckily for the Gophers, they drew a UCLA squad that just lost their second leading scorer Jordan Adams to a broken foot.

So really, this pick isn’t so much about how well the Gophers are playing, but about the undermanned UCLA team they will be facing.

A top four seed that may not make it out of the 1st weekend: Michigan

The Wolverines are one of the most talented teams in the field. The problem is that they’re a very young team. We’re not too sure how the Wolverines will respond if Nate Wolters goes off in the round of 64. Or if VCU turns them over early often and gets out to a lead in the round of 32.

A team other than Kansas that can win the region: Florida

Truth be told, the Gators have the talent and experience to win the whole thing, let alone this region. But since February, the Gators seem to be lacking something. They’ve lost big to the likes of Arkansas and have just looked underwhelming at times.

But everything that has happened up until now matters not. And if the Gators can get back to their early season form, the South region crown could be theirs.

Who we’re taking in the round of 64:

  • Kansas over Western Kentucky
  • North Carolina over Villanova
  • VCU over Akron
  • Michigan over South Dakota St.
  • Minnesota over UCLA
  • Florida over Northwestern St.
  • Oklahoma over San Diego St.
  • Georgetown over Florida Gulf Coast

Who we’re taking in the round of 32:

  • Kansas over North Carolina
  • VCU over Michigan
  • Florida over Minnesota
  • Georgetown over Oklahoma

Sweet Sixteen winners:

  • Kansas over VCU
  • Georgetown over Florida

Regional Champion:

  • Georgetown
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