This article is part of our NCAA Tournament Preview series.
WEST REGION PREVIEW
Oh my! Those two words not only contain Dick Enberg's signature phrase but also describe the top two seeds in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament. Oregon, which earned its first-ever one seed, and Oklahoma are not generally regarded as basketball powers, but both teams have ascended the ranks. They are now considered the best of the west. Three-seed Texas A&M is also more of a football school. It isn't until the fourth-seeded Duke Blue Devils come up when things seem right. The region has some strength in the middle with Texas, Oregon State (Gary Payton II) and the post-Shaka Smart VCU Rams.
No. 1 Oregon - The last three seasons, the Ducks have made the NCAA Tournament and won at least one game. They ran into Wisconsin the last two seasons and were ousted by the Badgers. Expectations will be higher for the Pac-12 regular-season and tournament champions. Forward Dillon Brooks (16.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists) is a legitimate star, who can do it all, including hit tough shots. The Ducks have plenty of rim protection in springy Chris Boucher (12.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.1 blocks) and Jordan Bell (1.7 blocks in 20.2 minutes). Freshman Tyler Dorsey and Elgin Cook provide scoring and perimeter defense.
No. 2 Oklahoma - The Sooner balloon rose unimpeded through November and December. It took a triple-overtime Jayhawk pin to let some of the air out of the unparalleled