The main storyline in Los Angeles will be how the region's bracket blew up, with the 1-, 3-, 4- and 5-seeds all having lost, and the seed disparity in the two semifinals. In one corner, there's a really sexy blueblood matchup between Ohio State and Arizona. In the other, scrappy-but-talented underdogs Wichita State (the 9-seed) and La Salle (the 13, via the play-in round) square off. The winner of the former will be expected to handle the winner of the latter, but nothing has gone to form so far in this region.
To add to the intrigue, there are some nice coaching sidebars, as well. Arizona coach Sean Miller was an assistant under Thad Matta when Matta was in charge at Xavier, and then took over the program when Matta left for Ohio State. Gregg Marshall's name may very well come up in some of the high profile job searches as pieces start to move around. Dr. John Giannini, one of two Division I head coaches with a doctorate, has led the Explorers to their first NCAA wins in 23 seasons.
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