Breaking down the 2015 NCAA Tournament bracket:
Kentucky. As if UK needed more advantages, Louisville to Cleveland to Indianapolis would mean the Cats essentially play "home games" all the way to the national title.
Arizona. The "other Wildcats" will avenge last season's crushing West Region finals loss to Wisconsin and finally get Sean Miller to the Final Four.
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Virginia. Badly wanted to pick Northern Iowa but couldn't pull the trigger. The fate of the Cavaliers depends on the broken finger on the left (shooting) hand of star forward Justin Anderson healing enough that he can be more effective than he was in the ACC Tournament (where he went 0-for-6 shooting).
Duke. Mike Krzyzewski has an offensively skilled big man in Jahlil Okafor and very good guards. That should be enough to get Coach K back to his first Final Four since 2010.
Kentucky over Duke. Will UK going for the first undefeated national championship since 1976 against Coach K and the Dookies approach the mammoth TV numbers that the 1979 Magic-Bird NCAA title game produced?
No. 12 Buffalo will "tough out" an upset for Coach Bobby Hurley over Bob Huggins and No. 5 West Virginia.
No. 12 Stephen F. Austin will show that ousting VCU from last year's Big Dance was no fluke by taking out a No. 5 Utah team that tailed off down the stretch.
No. 13 Eastern Washington and high-scoring guard Tyler Harvey (22.9 ppg) will upset No. 4 Georgetown — which has not made it out of the first weekend since going to the 2007 Final Four.
No. 5 Northern Iowa. Led by star center Seth Tuttle, the Panthers will recapture some of the magic of 2010 — when they ousted top seed Kansas — by beating No 12 Wyoming then upsetting No. 4 Louisville.
No. 10 Davidson and its free-flowing offense will oust No. 7 Iowa.
No. 1 Kentucky will complete a perfect 40-0 season by winning the school's ninth NCAA championship.
No. 4 Louisville will beat No. 13 California-Irvine and 7-foot-6 center Mamadou Ndiaye (10.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg) in the round of 64 but will be eliminated by No. 5 Northern Iowa in the round of 32.
■ The West Region, which features legitimate NCAA title contenders Wisconsin and Arizona and talented but enigmatic North Carolina, looks like the toughest region.
■ The inclusion of Texas (20-13, 8-10 Big 12), Indiana (20-13, 5-9 in its last 14 games) and Mississippi (20-12, loser of four of five) and the exclusion of Murray State (winner of 25 of its last 26 games) shows the committee rewarded major conference mediocrity over small- conference excellence. Which is too bad.