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March 23, 2015
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This is an article from the March 23, 2015 issue Original Layout

1 KENTUCKY

16 MANHATTAN

8 CINCINNATI

9 PURDUE

5 WEST VIRGINIA

12 BUFFALO

4 MARYLAND

13 VALPARAISO

6 BUTLER

11 TEXAS

3 NOTRE DAME

14 NORTHEASTERN

7 WICHITA STATE

10 INDIANA

2 KANSAS

15 NEW MEXICO STATE

1 KENTUCKY

9 PURDUE

KENTUCKY

Boilers like to post up, but that won't work against UK.

5 WEST VIRGINIA

13 VALPARAISO

WEST VIRGINIA

Crusaders not equipped for "Press" Virginia's chaos.

6 BUTLER

3 NOTRE DAME

BUTLER

Bulldogs F Roosevelt Jones wins Indiana bragging rights.

7 WICHITA STATE

2 KANSAS

WICHITA STATE

KU will keep avoiding the Shockers in regular season.

SWEET SIXTEEN

1 KENTUCKY

5 WEST VIRGINIA

KENTUCKY

WVU is the latest to learn that playing fast with the Cats is a sure way to lose.

6 BUTLER

7 WICHITA STATE

WICHITA STATE

WSU may not have as gaudy a record as last season's, but its defense is as tough.

ELITE EIGHT

1 KENTUCKY

7 WICHITA STATE

KENTUCKY

All the upset karma in the world—and the Shockers have plenty after last year's round-of-32 heartbreak—isn't enough to stop the Cats.

WEST

1 WISCONSIN

16 COASTAL CAROLINA

8 OREGON

9 OKLAHOMA STATE

5 ARKANSAS

12 WOFFORD

4 NORTH CAROLINA

13 HARVARD

6 XAVIER

11 BYU

3 BAYLOR

14 GEORGIA STATE

7 VCU

10 OHIO STATE

2 ARIZONA

15 TEXAS SOUTHERN

1 WISCONSIN

8 OREGON

WISCONSIN

We're only making plans for Nigel (Hayes) to light up UO.

5 ARKANSAS

4 NORTH CAROLINA

NORTH CAROLINA

Surging Heels are not the No. 4 seed the Hogs wanted.

11 BYU

3 BAYLOR

BAYLOR

F Rico Gathers's offensive glasswork carries the Bears.

7 VCU

2 ARIZONA

ARIZONA

Rams don't fare well against Pack-Line defenses.

SWEET SIXTEEN

1 WISCONSIN

4 NORTH CAROLINA

WISCONSIN

UNC's Kennedy Meeks is tanklike but still no match for UW's Frank Kaminsky.

3 BAYLOR

2 ARIZONA

ARIZONA

The Cats' Brandon Ashley and Stanley Johnson shred the BU zone with ease.

ELITE EIGHT

1 WISCONSIN

2 ARIZONA

ARIZONA

'Zona lost to the Badgers last March, but senior point guard T.J. McConnell is playing the best ball of his career and keeping the offense afloat.

FINAL FOUR

1 KENTUCKY

2 ARIZONA

KENTUCKY

What luck! Arizona coach Sean Miller finally makes the Final Four and runs into one of the most loaded teams of all time—and one of just two D's stingier than his Cats'.

EAST

1 VILLANOVA

16 LAFAYETTE

8 N.C. STATE

9 LSU

5 NORTHERN IOWA

12 WYOMING

4 LOUISVILLE

13 UC IRVINE

6 PROVIDENCE

11 DAYTON

3 OKLAHOMA

14 ALBANY

7 MICHIGAN STATE

10 GEORGIA

2 VIRGINIA

15 BELMONT

1 VILLANOVA

8 N.C. STATE

VILLANOVA

'Nova's perimeter D thwarts Trevor Lacey's isolation game.

5 NORTHERN IOWA

4 LOUISVILLE

NORTHERN IOWA

The Cards lack the shooters to burn UNI's Pack-Line D.

6 PROVIDENCE

3 OKLAHOMA

OKLAHOMA

Sooners G Buddy Hield is lights out in a shootout.

7 MICHIGAN STATE

2 VIRGINIA

VIRGINIA

Tom Izzo's Spartans take the ACC champs to the wire.

SWEET SIXTEEN

1 VILLANOVA

5 NORTHERN IOWA

VILLANOVA

Wildcats F Daniel Ochefu's savvy passes are the key to felling the Panthers.

3 OKLAHOMA

2 VIRGINIA

VIRGINIA

The Cavs' D excels at taking away transition, and OU's half-court offense is subpar.

ELITE EIGHT

1 VILLANOVA

2 VIRGINIA

VIRGINIA

Now fully recovered from broken left pinkie and an appendectomy, guard Justin Anderson delivers scoring when UVa needs it most.

SOUTH

1 DUKE

16 NORTH FLORIDA

8 SAN DIEGO STATE

9 ST. JOHN'S

5 UTAH

12 S.F. AUSTIN

4 GEORGETOWN

13 E. WASHINGTON

6 SMU

11 UCLA

3 IOWA STATE

14 UAB

7 IOWA

10 DAVIDSON

2 GONZAGA

15 NORTH DAKOTA ST.

1 DUKE

8 SAN DIEGO STATE

DUKE

Aztecs are in Duke's backyard, and 2,100 miles from home.

5 UTAH

13 E. WASHINGTON

UTAH

Eagles' super scorer Tyler Harvey runs out of magic.

6 SMU

3 IOWA STATE

IOWA STATE

ISU's Monte Morris out-assists SMU's Nic Moore.

10 DAVIDSON

2 GONZAGA

GONZAGA

Zags prevail in matchup of international rosters.

SWEET SIXTEEN

1 DUKE

5 UTAH

DUKE

Jahlil Okafor outduels Utes 7-footer Jakob Poeltl in battle of one-and-dones.

3 IOWA STATE

2 GONZAGA

GONZAGA

Cyclones' comeback mojo finally runs out in highest-scoring Sweet 16 game.

ELITE EIGHT

1 DUKE

2 GONZAGA

DUKE

Blue Devils have ruled on the road this season, winning at Wisconsin, Virginia, Louisville—and now this neutral-court escape of the Zags.

FINAL FOUR

2 VIRGINIA

1 DUKE

DUKE

Virginia's frontcourt double-teams Okafor nonstop, setting the stage for heroics from the nation's best crunch-time point guard, Blue Devils freshman Tyus Stones, er, Jones.

2015 CHAMPIONSHIP

1 KENTUCKY

1 DUKE

Kentucky

The Wildcats looked beatable at times in 2014--15 but never in their biggest games. Discarding Duke more easily than it did Arizona, Kentucky completes the first undefeated season since Indiana's in 1975--76.

PLAY-IN GAMES

16 MANHATTAN

16 HAMPTON

MIDWEST

11 BYU

11 MISSISSIPPI

WEST

PLAY-IN GAMES

11 BOISE STATE

11 DAYTON

EAST

16 NORTH FLORIDA

16 ROBERT MORRIS

SOUTH

ONE HUNDRED THIRTY FIVE ILLUSTRATIONS