The East isn't the toughest region, but it could be the toughest to predict. Virginia, Villanova, Iowa State and Michigan State populate the top four seeds. Then you've got teams like North Carolina and Cincinnati -- good in their own right -- still fighting it out.
UCLA's Steve Alford was roasted at his introductory news conference. What's he done since? Go 26-8 and take the Pac-12 tournament with a solid win over likely NCAA tourney 1-seed Arizona in the final, for two.