A poker player is only as good as the cards on the table. It's much the same for the nation's top college basketball teams around this time of the year.
That's especially true in 2014, when so many observers see plenty of parity in the field. The gap between an Arizona and, say, a Kansas is not terribly wide. A team's bracket draw can be a powerful equalizer—or unequalizer, if that's a real word.
These six squads, all of which landed one of their region's top four seeds, face particularly bruising gauntlets on the way to the promised land. Each one is staring down the barrel of a tough cadre of opponents, some difficult away crowds (which are always notoriously underdog-friendly in the Big Dance) or both.