The West region may be the easiest region for the top teams to advance to the Elite 8. Gonzaga and Iowa are headed for a repeat of an early season matchup.
Favorite: Gonzaga: They have already defeated the other three top seeds this season and seem destined for a trip to the final four.
Contenders: Iowa: The Hawkeyes have Luka Garza and a boatload of shooters that can outscore anyone. The question will be can they guard enough to win four games.
Concerns: Kansas and Virginia are coming off pauses that caused cancellation of their participation in their respective conference tournaments. Both teams are good enough at full strength to win a few games. How will they fare is a huge question.
Best 1st round game: 8)Oklahoma vs 9) Missouri
Surprise teams: UC Santa Barbara,, VCU, Drake
Upset pick: UC Santa Barbara over Creighton
Sweet 16: Gonzaga, UC Santa Barbara, Kansas, Iowa
Final Four: Gonzaga