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November Madness

Nov. 10, 2014
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This is an article from the Nov. 10, 2014 issue

MIDWEST

Kentucky

A two-platoon system has kept the Wildcats fresh, and they coast through the first two rounds. Alex Poythress provides the key to winning the rematch of last season's round of 32 game against Wichita State, then helps Kentucky defeat Louisville, Duke and Arizona to win the school's ninth NCAA title.

1 KENTUCKY [TITLE GAME]

16 ROBERT MORRIS/ALA. ST. [ROUND OF 64]

8 PITT [ROUND OF 32]

9 UCLA [ROUND OF 64]

4 WICHITA STATE [SWEET 16]

13 GREEN BAY [ROUND OF 64]

5 VCU [ROUND OF 32]

12 GEORGIA STATE [ROUND OF 64]

6 MICHIGAN STATE [ROUND OF 32]

11 BYU [ROUND OF 64]

3 TEXAS [SWEET 16]

14 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN [ROUND OF 64]

7 ARKANSAS [ROUND OF 32]

10 ILLINOIS [ROUND OF 64]

2 LOUISVILLE [ELITE EIGHT]

15 DENVER [ROUND OF 64]

SOUTH

Duke

The freshman tandem of center Jahlil Okafor and point guard Tyus Jones power the Blue Devils past two of the nation's most efficient defenses in San Diego State (ranked fifth in SI's projections) and Kansas (sixth), but they don't have enough firepower to get past a third top 10 D (Kentucky, eighth).

1 DUKE [FINAL FOUR]

16 STONY BROOK [ROUND OF 64]

8 GEORGETOWN [ROUND OF 32]

9 MEMPHIS [ROUND OF 64]

4 SAN DIEGO STATE [SWEET 16]

13 UC IRVINE [ROUND OF 64]

5 SMU [ROUND OF 32]

12 OKLAHOMA STATE/CAL [ROUND OF 64]

6 SYRACUSE [ROUND OF 32]

11 COLORADO [ROUND OF 64]

3 OHIO STATE [SWEET 16]

14 TOLEDO [ROUND OF 64]

7 STANFORD [ROUND OF 32]

10 NEBRASKA [ROUND OF 64]

2 KANSAS [ELITE EIGHT]

15 AMERICAN [ROUND OF 64]

WEST

Arizona

With four starters projected to average double digits in points—and a floor general who knows how to keep them all happy—the balanced, efficient Wildcats get past two ACC teams to make the Elite Eight. Brandon Ashley's hot hand helps them knock off the Gators and the Badgers to reach their first title game since 2001.

1 ARIZONA [TITLE GAME]

16 N. ARIZ./COASTAL CAROLINA [ROUND OF 64]

8 MARYLAND [ROUND OF 32]

9 DAYTON [ROUND OF 64]

4 NORTH CAROLINA [SWEET 16]

13 MANHATTAN [ROUND OF 64]

5 IOWA [ROUND OF 32]

12 LOUISIANA TECH [ROUND OF 64]

6 KANSAS STATE [ROUND OF 32]

11 CINCINNATI [ROUND OF 64]

3 GONZAGA [SWEET 16]

14 NEW MEXICO STATE [ROUND OF 64]

7 UTAH [ROUND OF 32]

10 XAVIER [ROUND OF 64]

2 FLORIDA [ELITE EIGHT]

15 WOFFORD [ROUND OF 64]

EAST

Wisconsin

The Badgers have been trained by coach Bo Ryan to value every possession, a mind-set that helps them cruise through the tournament's early rounds. Frank Kaminsky wins an epic big-man battle against Villanova's Daniel Ochefu, resulting in a second straight Final Four appearance.

1 WISCONSIN [FINAL FOUR]

16 HOFSTRA [ROUND OF 64]

8 HARVARD [ROUND OF 32]

9 NOTRE DAME [ROUND OF 64]

4 IOWA STATE [SWEET 16]

13 MURRAY STATE [ROUND OF 64]

5 UCONN [ROUND OF 32]

12 UMASS/WYOMING [ROUND OF 64]

6 MICHIGAN [ROUND OF 32]

11 LSU [ROUND OF 64]

3 VIRGINIA [SWEET 16]

14 N.C. CENTRAL [ROUND OF 64]

7 OKLAHOMA [ROUND OF 32]

10 MIAMI [ROUND OF 64]

2 VILLANOVA [ELITE EIGHT]

15 FLORIDA GULF COAST [ROUND OF 64]

PHOTOJAMES CRISP/AP (POYTHRESS)PHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (ASHLEY)TWO PHOTOSAL TIELEMANS/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (OKAFOR, KAMINSKY)PHOTOFOUR CHARTS