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NCAA bracket: Who will win the South Regional?

March 12, 2012|By Houston Mitchell
  • Kentucky's Anthony Davis shoots over Vanderbilt's Brad Tinsley in the SEC tournament final on Sunday. The Commodores upset the Wildcats, 71-64, but Kentucky is still the top seed in the South Regional of the NCAA tournament.
Kentucky's Anthony Davis shoots over Vanderbilt's Brad Tinsley… (Chris Graythen / Getty Images )

We are asking you to predict the winners of each of the NCAA basketball tournament regionals today, starting with the South Regional. A quick breakdown before we get to the poll:

Top four seeds: Kentucky (32-2), Duke (27-6), Baylor (27-7), Indiana (25-8).

Upset specials: No. 13 New Mexico State over No. 4 Indiana; No. 12 Virginia Commonwealth over No. 5 Wichita State.

2012 NCAA tournament interactive brackets

David Wharton's rim shots:

--Cue the highlight film if the top two seeds -- Kentucky and Duke -- end up playing each other. It’s been 20 years since that epic regional final when Christian Laettner scored at the buzzer to defeat the Wildcats.

--Indiana’s prospects took a big hit last week when senior point guard Verdell Jones III tore a ligament in his right knee during a Big Ten tournament victory over Penn State.

--Notre Dame had to replace four seniors from last season, then lost captain Tim Abromaitis to a knee injury, but still ranks near the top of the NCAA with a 1.47 assist-turnover ratio.

--Western Kentucky Athletic Director Ross Bjork, formerly of UCLA, fired Coach Ken McDonald at midseason. Good move -- assistant Ray Harper stepped in and led the Hilltoppers to four straight wins in the Sun Belt tournament.

So who advances to the Final Four from this region? Vote now and let us know what you think.


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