Now that the bracket has been released, and everyone's had a night to percolate, its time to begin breaking down each region. This is my take on the West Region.
I would rank the West as the third toughest region. The West is not top heavy like the Midwest with Kansas, Ohio State, and Georgetown, or the East with Kentucky and West Virginia, but the West does have Syracuse. They also have a bunch of quality teams that are playing great basketball.
A few players to look out for in the West Region: Wesley Johnson (Syracuse), Ashton Gibbs (Pitt), Jacob Pullen (Kansas State), Jimmer Fredette (BYU), Jermaine Beal (Vanderbilt), Matt Bouldin (Gonzaga), and Derek Caracter (UTEP).
Other things to look out for: Plenty of upsets, Kansas State Coach Frank Martin's bug eyes, and Arinze Onuakus free throw shooting.
Check out my five bold predictions for the West Region.