The Brackets

SI's preseason pick to win it all justifies the hype by shutting down Hoyas linchpin Green and raining threes to clinch KU's third title
March 18, 2007

MIDWEST [ROUND1]

1 FLORIDA 16 JACKSON STATE
8 ARIZONA 9 PURDUE
5 BUTLER 12 OLD DOMINION
4 MARYLAND 13 DAVIDSON
6 NOTRE DAME 11 WINTHROP
3 OREGON 14 MIAMI (OHIO)
7 UNLV 10 GEORGIA TECH
2 WISCONSIN 15 TEXAS A&M--CC

[ROUND 2]

FLORIDA At leastTigers avoided play-in game
ARIZONA Enigmatic Wildcats use superior skills

OLD DOMINIONGritty Monarchs win battle of boards
MARYLAND Terps' Strawberry locks up frosh Curry

NOTRE DAME Eaglescan't find answer to Harangody
OREGON Speedy Ducks blister pokey RedHawks

GEORGIA TECH Younglights up Rebels from long range
WISCONSIN Islanders struggle to contain Tucker

[ROUND 3]

FLORIDA SelflessGators define chemistry for me-first Wildcats, dropping defense-challenged'Zona with ease
OLD DOMINION This year's CAA Cinderella dispatches Terps by slowing pace andcontaining Jones's three-pointers

OREGON Ducksguards stay hot as Brooks and Porter drain treys while big man Leunen slowsHarangody
WISCONSIN Badgers put experience advantage to work, force turnovers to hold offTech in front of friendly Chicago fans

[ROUND 4]

FLORIDA Gators' size advantage pays big dividends as Horford does the jobinside when he's not leading fearsome fast break
OREGON Ducks pull off upset by forcing tempo and exploiting absence of Badgers'top rebounder (Butch) with second chances galore

[FINAL FOUR SEEBELOW]

WEST [ROUND 1]

1 KANSAS 16 NIAGARA*
8 KENTUCKY 9 VILLANOVA
5 VIRGINIA TECH 12 ILLINOIS
4 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 13 HOLY CROSS
6 DUKE 11 VCU
3 PITTSBURGH 14 WRIGHT STATE
7 INDIANA 10 GONZAGA
2 UCLA 15 WEBER STATE

[ROUND 2]

KANSAS PurpleEagles can't fly like KU's leapers
VILLANOVA Philly's Wildcats have more guard talent

VIRGINIA TECHHokies' athleticism overpowers Illini
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS Crusaders can't cope with SIU's rugged D

DUKE Rams have nomatch for McRoberts
PITTSBURGH Panthers avert upset by feeding Gray

INDIANA Whiteabuses Zags' defense down low
UCLA Bruins guards recover midseason form

[ROUND 3]

KANSAS Jayhawksuse high-low inside attack to score direct hit early, then turn up heat fromoutside to pull away
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS Consistent Salukis frustrate wildly up-and-down Hokies withgear-grinding defense and timely shots

DUKE Upset! WilyCoach K bamboozles Panthers by double-teaming Gray and daring Pitt to win fromoutside
UCLA Hoosiers can limit shots of Afflalo, Collison or Shipp on perimeter, butnot all three in Bruins' one-sided W

[ROUND 4]

KANSAS Relentless Jayhawks pull Salukis out of slow-tempo comfort zone withfast-break theatrics and ball hawking defense
UCLA Collison shows Blue Devils point guard Paulus what it means to make rightdecisions on every entry pass and outside shot

[FINAL FOUR SEE BELOW]

EAST [ROUND 1]

1 NORTH CAROLINA 16 EASTERN KENTUCKY
8 MARQUETTE 9 MICHIGAN STATE
5 USC 12 ARKANSAS
4 TEXAS 13 NEW MEXICO STATE
6 VANDERBILT 11 GEORGE WASHINGTON
3 WASHINGTON STATE 14 ORAL ROBERTS
7 BOSTON COLLEGE 10 TEXAS TECH
2 GEORGETOWN 15 BELMONT

[ROUND 2]

NORTH CAROLINAHeels' speed trumps Colonels' craftiness
MARQUETTE Ex-apprentice (Crean) foils mentor (Izzo)

USC Trojans' Younggun shoots down Hogs
TEXAS Aggies don't defend--and Durant feasts

VANDERBILT GW hasno match for Byars-Foster duo
WASHINGTON STATE Cougs too sure-handed to be upset-prone

TEXAS TECHKnight's motion O carves up slumping BC
GEORGETOWN Hoyas über-efficient attack breaks Bruins

[ROUND 3]

NORTH CAROLINA Eagles are rare team that can run with Lawson, but Wright andPsycho T are powder-blue wrecking crew inside
TEXAS Baby Horns, with offense superior to anything Pac-10 offers, bait Trojansinto NBA-style shootout

VANDERBILTCommodores, who hit 47.6% of threes in February upset of Florida, have theclutch gunners to doom Wazzu
GEORGETOWN J.T. III's back-cutting machine forces General's man-to-man plebesinto zone, and a rout ensues

[ROUND 4]

TEXAS Durant extends UT farewell tour with a career-high 39 points, stunningHeels in tournament's top offensive thriller
GEORGETOWN Green, Hibbert combined for 37 in road rout of Vandy in Nov.; onneutral floor in Jersey, interior domination even more complete

[FINAL FOUR SEEBELOW]

SOUTH [ROUND 1]

1 OHIO STATE 16CENTRAL CONN. STATE
8 BYU 9 XAVIER
5 TENNESSEE 12 LONG BEACH STATE
4 VIRGINIA 13 ALBANY
6 LOUISVILLE 11 STANFORD
3 TEXAS A&M 14 PENN
7 NEVADA 10 CREIGHTON
2 MEMPHIS 15 NORTH TEXAS

[ROUND 2]

OHIO STATE Tallest Devils starter is 6'7"; Oden rules
XAVIER Musketeers' firepower bags Cougars

TENNESSEE Loftonhits for 30 in a track meet
ALBANY Overseeded Cavs tripped by Cinderella

LOUISVILLECardinal no match for 'Ville's athletes
TEXAS A&M Quakers didn't see bruisers like this in Ivy

CREIGHTON WACtitans' dirty secret is out: lackluster D
MEMPHIS Another CUSA-type cakewalk for Tigers

[ROUND 3]

OHIO STATE Unable to match up with OSU's Big O's (Oden and Othello Hunter), theX-Men are manhandled on the glass
TENNESSEE Vols have guards to counter America East POY Wilson, who wilts undersuffocating SEC-style pressure

TEXAS A&MStreaking Cardinals run into a brick wall--otherwise known as Coach Gillispie'strademark stingy defense
CREIGHTON The Bluejays, the first top-50 RPI foe for Memphis since December,Funk-tify the South with an upset

[ROUND 4]

OHIO STATE Volunteers' press doesn't faze Buckeyes, who have savvy ballhandlers Butler and Conley Jr. (and 2.7-to-1 assist to TO ratio)
TEXAS A&M Hard-nosed defender Kirk makes Funk latest lockdown project,keeps Mo. Valley from sending any reps past Sweet 16

[FINAL FOUR]

TEXAS A&M Aggies party in the Alamodome after Jones-Kavaliauskas duooutbangs Oden, then Law knuckleballs a clutch buzzer-beating three to win it

GEORGETOWN Big Roy--who at 7'2" is far bigger than Texas--has field day inlane as veteran Hoyas put on clinic against green Horns and send Durant packingfor NBA draft

KANSAS Jayhawksfrosh forward Arthur has coming-out party, dropping 20-plus points on Bruins'vulnerable interior defense to make difference in tight finish

FLORIDA Gators expose Ducks' defensive deficiencies as Noah and Horforddominate slower counterparts down low; Florida pulls away early for easy win

[CHAMPIONSHIP]

GEORGETOWN Green's old school talents shine in slow-down showdown; Hoyasforward goes for 26 points and 13 boards, vaulting from D.C. phenomenon tonational stardom

KANSAS In rematchof November's OT thriller, Jayhawks win another instant classic behind superioroutside shooting of Chalmers, ending Gators' repeat dream

[CHAMPION]

KANSAS

*NIAGARA WILL BEATFLORIDA A&M IN NCAA PLAY-IN GAME

NINE PHOTOSJOHN W. MCDONOUGH (2); GREG NELSON (2); ROBERT BECK; MATTHEW EMMONS/US PRESSWIRE; JOE ROBBINS/US PRESSWIRE; FRED VUICH

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