Preview: Mike Krzyzewski’s team finds itself with the top seed in the South after a tremendous team effort propelled Duke to its 18th ACC title this past weekend. The Blue Devils have shown that they can be absolutely dominant at times, but they lack a go-to player in the post. Second-seeded Villanova is coming off agonizing losses to West Virginia and Marquette, but have the depth and athleticism to make a deep run in the tournament. Baylor will advance to the Sweet 16, and may go further if LaceDarius Dunn gets hot. This region might not look the most dramatic on paper, but will be extremely competitive once the second round is in the books.
Indy Bound: Villanova. The biggest thing that the Wildcats have struggled with this season is consistency: if Scottie Reynolds gets off to a good start in the tournament and the two Coreys (Stokes and Fisher) can complement him on the wings, Nova has a legitimate shot at making noise in Indianapolis.
Dark Horse: Baylor. Ekpe Udoh has come into his own, and his versatility at the forward spot makes the Bears hard to match up with. Backcourt mates LaceDarius Dunn and Tweety Carter can light it up, and if Baylor’s defence remains as impressive as its been all season, the Bears could find themselves in an enviable position in the first week of April.