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NCAA men's basketball tournament

Times staff writer Robyn Norwood reviews the first weekend and previews the second:

March 20, 2007|Robyn Norwood

Best bets for the Final Four now

Florida, Kansas, North Carolina, Texas A&M. Why the Aggies? Ohio State looks vulnerable, Memphis has a key injury and the defense-driven, solid-shooting Aggies are playing in Texas.

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Biggest upset of the first week

No. 11 Virginia Commonwealth over No. 6 Duke.

It doesn't matter that Virginia Commonwealth was better. Duke is still Duke.

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Biggest upset on the horizon

No. 5 Tennessee over No. 1 Ohio State. The Volunteers lost to the Buckeyes by only two at Columbus in January -- and might not have if Chris Lofton hadn't missed the front end of a late one-and-one.

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Injury alert

Memphis' leading scorer, Chris Douglas-Roberts, did not practice Monday after spraining his ankle against Nevada.

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Find a new freshman

Now that Kevin Durant is done and you've seen Greg Oden, check out North Carolina's 6-10 Brandan Wright.

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Best coaching job so far

Lon Kruger, Nevada Las Vegas. Note obscure transfer rule applies to son. Add son to roster before rule is rescinded. Watch son help lead team to Sweet 16.

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Sure, there's a Cinderella

No matter what the numbers say, Vanderbilt, led by under-publicized Derrick Byars, is the unlikeliest team in the Sweet 16.

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Tennessee Waltz

Listen up, North Carolina, Indiana and Kentucky: Lesser-known basketball hotbed Tennessee has three teams in the Sweet 16 -- Memphis, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

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Best conference

Pacific 10. UCLA, USC and Oregon are alive -- and Washington State lost to Vanderbilt in double overtime.

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Most overrated conference

Atlantic Coast Conference. Six of the seven ACC teams to make the field are out, with only North Carolina reaching the Sweet 16.

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