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NCAA Tournament Preview: South Region

Jesse Siegel

Siegel covers college football, college basketball and minor league baseball for RotoWire. He was named College Sports Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

The South region is all about defense. The top three seeds in this region boast some of the best defensive stats in the country. As a result, a cursory glance feels as though this region sets up nicely for the top overall seed, the Virginia Cavaliers. The region arguably boasts the worst No. 2 and No. 3 seeds in the bracket in the form of Cincinnati and Tennessee, respectively. The Bearcats are a poor manís version of the Hoos; a defensive-minded squad with average offensive performance. The Vols are also defensively-inclined. No. 5 seed Kentucky is surging and defends the three-point line extremely well, but has been inconsistent overall this season on offense, particularly in terms of shooting. And the No. 6 seed Miami Hurricanes have struggled to score the ball in the half court all season long. Even this regionís Cinderella, No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago, is fifth in the nation in points allowed per game, though the Ramblers also are near the top of the country in field goal p

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