The five most enticing potential NCAA Tournament matchups
We can dream, can't we? In fact, a few of these seem like they're good chances to happen. Which potential NCAA Tournament game do you want to see most?
4. West Region: Arizona vs. Oklahoma State in the Round of 32: Yeah, another Arizona game. That West Region is better than most realize. We have two games involving No. 1 seeds in the Round of 32 here, which normally isn't the case. The 8/9s are usually compelling but seldom seen as a threat to impede the top seed's Sweet 16 chances. That's not the case with 50 percent of the field here. (Maybe even three out of four, if you happen to think Memphis is a dark horse.) Oklahoma State has been inconsistent but unquestionably has top-20 talent.
Marcus Smart will be the best player on the court in this game, and that's not a flop joke. It should be noted that Arizona has gone 9-4 since Brandon Ashley's injury. It has been good but absolutely beatable. OSU is dangerous at its peak. This would only take a back seat to WSU-UK in terms of pregame anticipation.
5. East Region -- Saint Joseph's vs. Villanova in the Round of 32: A Big Five game in the NCAA Tournament? That's rare. And rivalry games with the NCAAs as a backdrop are also not common and really treasured whenever they happen. We're just two wins away from that being a reality, though. The selection committee has teased us with this by placing both these teams in the East. Villanova getting past Milwaukee shouldn't be too tough. It's the Hawks' game against UConn that could cause a problem. The good news is: Villanova could face UConn in a meeting of old Big East rivals, and that's not so bad either.
Five more that would be terrific: Kentucky-Louisville in the Sweet 16; Michigan-Duke in the Sweet 16; Florida-Kansas in the Elite Eight; Kansas-Syracuse in the Sweet 16; Michigan State-North Carolina in the Elite Eight.
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